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Saranac Lake’s Addison Dann races down the court with Boquet Valley’s Ella Pulsifer defending her during Monday’s game in Saranac Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Parker O’Brien)

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake girls basketball team found themselves in a tightly contested match on Monday against the Boquet Valley Griffins, but miscues and costly turnovers late in the contest caused the Red Storm to suffer a 50-47 loss on their home court.

“It’ll happen in basketball,” Red Storm head coach Jacob Vennie-Vollrath said. “They played hard. They played their hearts out. We haven’t been in a ton of close-game situations in recent years. It’s good to see the girls come out and compete the entire game.”

Boquet Valley led 47-44 with 30 seconds left in the contest when Saranac Lake’s Emma Akey drained a three-point shot to even the contest. But after the Red Storm committed a foul, the Griffins connected on both of their free throws to push the lead to two points.

With time winding down, Saranac Lake had multiple chances to even the contest that came up short. Boquet Valley came away with a key steal and a block to seal the victory.

“Our shots just didn’t fall when we needed them to tonight,” Vennie-Volrath said. “A couple of mental lapses, but otherwise, I’m proud of our girls.”

Saranac Lake’s Emma Akey lays up a shot during Monday’s home game against Boquet Valley. Also pictured is Boquet Valley’s Ella Lobdell.
(Enterprise photo — Parker O’Brien)

Addison Dann had a solid outing taking over the point-guard role for Saranac Lake, scoring a team-high 13 points. Emma Akey and Phoebe Peer added 10 points each.

“Phoebe Peer, her defense is just solid,” Vennie-Volrath said. “She’s fun to watch on the defensive end of the floor. All eight of our girls play hard. They get up and down the court. It’s fun to coach a team like this.”

Samra Cirikovic chipped in six points for the Red Storm, Tristan LaDue added four and Madison Moody-Durant and Ayla Small recorded two each. The loss was the fifth straight for Saranac Lake, which fell to 3-5 overall.

The Red Storm got off to a hot start, outscoring Boquet Valley 9-3 in the first two minutes of the opening quarter, thanks to some key shooting from Dann, who scored six points during that stretch.

“Addi got hot quick and she was hot for the rest of the game,” Vennie-Volrath said.

Saranac Lake’s Phoebe Peer makes a move past Boquet Valley’s Ella Pulsifer during Monday’s game in Saranac Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Parker O’Brien)

While trailing by six, the Griffins closed out the quarter with a 9-4 run and carried the momentum in the second quarter to take a 26-25 at halftime. Boquet Valley outscored Saranac Lake 24-22 in the second half to improve its overall record to 5-5.

Ella Lobdell paced the Griffins with a game-high 25 points. Claire Reynolds added 13 points and Emma Conley had seven points.

“I think both teams played really hard,” Vennie-Volrath said. “It was good to see. It was a good night for basketball.”

Saranac Lake is slated to take on the Ticonderoga Sentinels on the road at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. The Red Storm will next play at home at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17 against the Saranac Central Spartans.

Saranac Lake’s Maddison Moody-Durant looks to make a play during Monday’s game.
(Enterprise photo — Parker O’Brien)

Boquet Valley 50, Saranac Lake 47

Griffins 12 14 9 15 — 50

Red Storm 13 12 10 12 — 47

Saranac Lake’s Ayla Small looks to make a play with Boquet Valley’s Emma Conley defending her during Monday’s game.
(Enterprise photo — Parker O’Brien)

Boquet Valley (50)

Conley 3-0-7, J. Orciani 0-0-0, Fiegl 0-0-0, Olcott 0-0-0, S. Pulsifer 1-0-3, E. Pulsifer 0-0-0, Reynolds 5-3-13, C. Orciani 0-0-0, Lobdell 8-4-25, Hickey 1-0-2, Smith 0-0-0. Totals: 18-7-50.

Saranac Lake (47)

Akey 4-0-10, Moody-Durant 1-0-2, Meyer 0-0-0, Peer 5-0-10, Dann 6-0-13, Cirikovic 3-0-6, Small 1-0-2, LaDue 2-0-4. Totals 22-0-47.

3-point goals: Boquet Valley (7), Lobdell 5, Conley, S. Pulsifer,. Saranac Lake (3), Akey 2, Dann.

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