ST. REGIS FALLS – It wasn’t the start that St. Regis Falls coach Wilbur Bailey was looking for, but the end result was.
Colton-Pierrepont scored the first 10 points of the Northern Athletic Conference East Division game against host St. Regis Falls on Thursday, but the lady Saints regrouped and worked their way to a 48-33 victory.
“Their press gave us fits in the beginning, so I called for a timeout and switched things up a bit,” said Bailey, as his charges rallied from their early deficit with a 9-0 surge and tied the game at 11-11 at the conclusion of the opening eight minutes.
St. Regis Falls used a 9-2 run to begin the second quarter and led 28-20 at the half. The Saints (9-8, 7-6 East Division) had an 8-2 run early in the third quarter and built a 44-29 advantage early in the fourth en route to the win.
“Once we were able to get past their full-court pressure, we were able to set up our half-court offense which did the trick,” Bailey continued. “I felt coming in that if we could get the ball into the low post, we would be able to get a win. And we did.”
The inside game of the Saints was the key to victory, as junior forward Kaitlyn “Kitty” Arcadi and junior varsity call-up freshman Rhea Work did the offensive damage in the post area. The duo combined for 28 points, 16 rebounds and five blocked shots, with Arcadi logging a true double-double with 17 of both points and rebounds.
Senior forward Leah Walker also recorded a double-double during the win and finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds, while senior Calista Fraser added four points to the win and handed out a team-high seven assists, most of which were entry passes into the low-post area.
“Still, we turned the ball over way too many times, especially early against their press,” recalled Bailey.
Kiana Hogle led the Colton-Pierrepont offensive output with nine points, as Amber Erwin and Isabelle Vaccaro scored five points each. Alexus Cuthbert and Emma Clemo netted four points apiece for coach Bill Reed’s club, as Jaeleigh Jacot completed the scoring with a free throw.
The St. Regis Falls girls are right back in action today, traveling to Norwood-Norfolk for a 6:15 p.m. start in the opener of a girls-boys doubleheader.
In other girls basketball games on Thursday, Parishville-Hopkinton topped Tupper Lake 31-23, Edwards-Knox defeated visiting Harrisville 70-55, Hammond rolled past Hermon-Dekalb 69-23 and Ogdensburg beat Gouverneur 48-32, while in an interdivisional contest, Massena defeated Norwood-Norfolk 73-49.
In boys basketball games on Thursday, Colton-Pierrepont beat visiting St. Regis Falls 65-44, St. Lawrence Central edged rival Salmon River 37-32, Canton drubbed Potsdam 62-34, Hermon-Dekalb edged host Lisbon 57-51 and Harrisville beat Heuvelton 70-58. In a nonconference contest, Belleville-Henderson defeated visiting Morristown 56-43.
Colton-Pierrepont 65, St. Regis Falls 44: In Colton, the host Colts jumped out to a 19-6 lead after the opening eight minutes, built a 29-22 halftime lead, then salted away their third win of the season with a 25-point third quarter.
Tim Farns tossed home six three-point baskets and paced the winners with a game-high 22 points, while Harlee Besio and Aiden Knight also scored in double digits. Besio added 15 points to the Colton-Pierrepont (3-16, 3-11) victory, while Knight finished with 10 points. Michael Schwartfigure contributed eight points to the win, while Teddy Farns and Noah Rousell chipped in with four points apiece. Billy LaPierre accounted for the other two Colton-Pierrepont points.
Coalby Cox led the St. Regis Falls effort with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds and rejected four C-P shots, while Cody Reuss finished with 11 points, six rebounds and also had four blocked shots. Derek Prevost (3 steals) added eight points to the SRF effort, while Dawson White logged five points. Trevor Austin had the other two points for St. Regis Falls (2-15, 2-11).
The SRF boys play at Norwood-Norfolk in scheduled 8 p.m. start today.
St. Lawrence 37, Salmon River 32: In Brasher Falls, the Larries had an up and down game against the visiting Shamrocks. SLC led 12-7 after the first quarter, scored just four points in the second, but still led 16-14 at the half. The Larries increased their halftime advantage to seven points entering the final eight minutes of NAC Central Division action.
Steven Horner produced a game-high 14 points to lead the St. Lawrence (11-9, 7-7) effort, while Cash Feeley and Ansen Weegar both added seven points to the win. Ethan LaRock contributed five points, while Hayden Perkins and Caeden Taylor rounded out the scoring with two points apiece.
Clayton Jones led Salmon River (6-14, 2-12) with nine points, as Logan Lebehn and Tyler Huto followed with eight and seven points, respectively. Rarennenha:wi Cook-Francis scored four points, as PJ Ghostlaw and Kyran Skidders completed the output with two points each.
St. Lawrence 37, Salmon River 32
Salmon River 7 7 7 11 – 32
St. Lawrence 12 4 12 9 – 37
Salmon River: Skidder 1-0-2; Ghostlaw 1-0-2; Huto 2-1-7; Jones 4-1-9; Cook-Francis 2-0-4; Lebehn 3-1-8. Totals: 13-3-32.
St. Lawrence: Feeley 3-1-7; Perkins 1-0-2; LaRock 2-0-5; C. Taylor 1-0-2; Horner 7-0-14; Weegar 2-2-7. Totals: 16-3-37.
3-Pointers: Salmon River - 3 (Huto 2, Lebehn), St. Lawrence - 2 (LaRock, Weegar).
Records: Salmon River (6-14, 2-12 Central), St. Lawrence (11-9, 7-7).
Colton-Pierrepont 65, St. Regis Falls 44
St. Regis Falls 6 16 10 12 – 44
Colton-Pierrepont 19 10 25 11 – 65
St. Regis Falls: Cox 8-2-18; White 1-2-5; Reuss 5-1-11; Prevost 3-1-8; Austin 1-0-2. Totals: 18-6-44.
Colton-Pierrepont: LaPierre 1-0-2; Ti. Farns 7-2-22; Te. Farns 2-0-4; Schwartfigure 3-1-8; Knight 5-0-10; Besio 5-5-15; Rousell 2-0-4. Totals: 25-8-65.
3-Pointers: St. Regis Falls - 2 (White, Prevost), Colton-Pierrepont - 7 (Ti. Farns 6, Schwartfigure).
Records: St. Regis Falls (2-15, 2-11 East), Colton-Pierrepont (3-16, 3-11).
St. Regis Falls 48, Colton-Pierrepont 33
Colton-Pierrepont 11 9 9 4 – 33
St. Regis Falls 11 17 12 8 – 48
Colton-Pierrepont: Cuthbert 2-0-4; Clemo 2-0-4; Erwin 2-0-5; Jacot 0-1-1; Vaccaro 2-0-5; Lovely 2-1-5; Hogle 4-1-9. Totals: 14-3-33.
St. Regis Falls: Fraser 2-0-4; Walker 5-6-16; Arcadi 8-1-17; Work 5-1-11. Totals: 20-8-48.
3-Pointers: Colton-Pierrepont - 2 (Erwin, Vaccaro).
Records: Colton-Pierrepont (9-11, 6-8 East), St. Regis Falls (9-8, 7-6).