---- — JOHNSTOWN — The Clinton Community College women’s basketball team took only six players on its road trip this past weekend.
It was still good enough for two wins.
The Cougars (14-8, 12-8), following their one-sided victory over Hudson Valley Community College on Saturday, recorded a 63-49 decision over Broome Community College on Sunday in a game played at Fulton-Montgomery Community College.
“We played five games in eight days and went 4-1,” Clinton coach Donna Dixon said. “I can’t complain about that.”
Katrina Garrand played another outstanding game for Clinton with a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds, to go along with five assists and four steals.
Alisha Ducatte added 19 points, while Ruth Paul chipped in with seven rebounds and Emily Decker, six. Garrand and Ducatte combined for seven 3-pointers.
Jennifer Celiberti accounted for two-thirds of the Hornets’ offense with a game-high 31 points.
Clinton jumped out to a 29-16 lead at the half and wasn’t threatened.
“That’s four wins in a row for us, and we seem to be peaking at the right time,” Dixon said. “We’ve shot the ball extremely well the last couple of games — our guards have been hitting their outside shots.
“We were shorthanded for the weekend with three players not able to make the trip, but the players we had available stepped up.”
The Cougars have two road games left in the regular season — Thursday at Fulton-Montgomery Community College and Saturday at SUNY Delhi.
“We want to keep winning our games and improve our seeding,” Dixon said. “And to stay healthy.”
Clinton 63, Broome 49
Garrand 9-3-25, Ducatte 8-0-19, E. Decker 3-0-6, Paul 1-2-4, J. Decker 1-0-2, Barber 3-0-7. Totals: 25-5-63.
McElwain 0-0-0, Mullins 4-0-8, Celiberti 13-1-31, Pipher 2-0-4, Marshall 2-0-4, Conway 1-0-2, Gregory 0-0-0, Rwamakuba 0-0-0. Totals: 22-1-49.
3-point goals: Clinton (8): Garrand 4; Ducatte 3; Barber. Broome (4): Celiberti 4.
Halftime: Clinton, 29-16.
North Country 39
SARANAC LAKE — Herkimer Community College jumped out to a 37-14 lead at the half and never looked back.
Shileeka Williams hit four 3-pointers and scored a game-high 24 points for the Generals. Aniya Webb followed with 10 points.
Kelly Kezar tossed in 17 points, including four 3-pointers, for North Country Community College. Emily Lapage added 10 points.
“We didn’t come out very strong in the first half today,” North Country coach Jerrad Dumont said. “We got a lot of open looks, but didn’t attack the rim at all.
“I was very impressed with Emily Lapage’s effort on the inside as she led us in rebounding with 12. Kelly Kezar played one of her best games of the year as she took over the point guard spot in the second half.”
Herkimer 62, North Country 39
Waters 0-0-0, Randio 1-5-7, Williams, 10-0-24, Webb 3-4-10, Seabrook 2-2-6, Louchs 2-2-7, Brown 0-3-3, Craig 2-0-5. Totals: 20-16-62.
North Country (39)
Kezar 6-1-17, Uras 0-0-0, Demarais 2-0-4, Branton 2-1-5, Lapage 3-4-10, Gary 1-1-3, Jock 0-0-0, Gausby 0-0-0. Totals: 14-7-39.
3-point goals: Herkimer (6): Williams 4; Louchs; Craig. North Country (4): Kezar 4.
Halftime: Herkimer, 37-14.
HUDSON — The Cougars (13-13, 10-12) bounced back from Saturday’s loss at Herkimer Community College with a strong effort on Sunday.
“We played well,” Clinton coach Kevin Daugherty said. “They packed it in with a zone because we had a big height advantage.
“We had some trouble finishing on the break in the first half, but did a much better job in the second half.”
Mykell Krecko paced the Cougars with a double-double that included 17 points, 15 rebounds and six blocked shots.
Chris Miller followed with 15 points, while Jamie Davison added 13 and Jordan Coolidge added nine.
“That’s two good offensive games in a row for Davison,” Daugherty said. “That’s nice to see.
“We hit 20 3-pointers in two games over the weekend, and that’s pretty good for us.”
Jonathon Halligan paced Columbia-Greene Community College with 16 points and Khalil Paul added 15.
“We were up by as many as 23 points in the second half,” Daugherty said. “We were hoping to get two wins over the weekend, but we’ll take the split.”
The Cougars play their final home game of the season on Wednesday against Word of Life before finishing with a road game Saturday at SUNY Delhi.
Clinton 77, Columbia-Greene 57
Krecko 5-7-17, Spencer 2-0-4, Miller 7-1-15, Knight 1-0-3, Davison 5-0-13, Hull 3-0-7, Radan 1-0-2, Coolidge 3-0-9, Carter 2-2-6, Campbell 0-1-1. Totals: 29-11-77.
Saint Jean 3-0-7, Phillips 2-1-5, Halligan 7-1-16, Buck 1-4-6, Paul 5-4-15, Thomas 3-0-8. Totals: 21-10-57.
3-point goals: Clinton (8): Davison 3; Coolidge 3; Knight; Hull. Columbia-Greene (5): Thomas 2; Saint Jean; Halligan; Paul.
Halftime: Clinton, 31-23.
North Country 52
SARANAC LAKE — Steve Carder became the all-time leading scorer for the Saints in their loss to the Generals.
Carder finished the game with 15 points and also grabbed 12 rebounds.
“Steve became our all-time leading scorer in school history for both the men’s and women’s programs,” North Country coach Chad LaDue said. “He now has 1,191 points and passed Mary Powers’ 1,165 points.
“Earlier this season, he eclipsed the men’s mark of 1,016, set by Al Miller. This is such a great honor and something our program is very proud to be part of.”
Jonnie Davis led Herkimer with 13 points, while Mike Thomas added 12 and Todd Hunt, 11.
Ian Henderson hit five 3-pointers and finished with 16 points for North Country, followed by Carder’s 15.
Herkimer held a 31-26 lead at the half.
“I was very happy with our team effort and how we competed all game,” LaDue said. “We got better today with our new group.”
Herkimer 65, North Country 52
Davis 5-2-13, Floyd 2-2-6, Whittingham 1-0-3, Mitchell 1-0-3, Young 1-0-2, Hunt, 4-2-11, Jefferson 3-0-7, Thomas, 4-2-12, Feiler 3-0-6, Forden 1-0-2. Totals: 25-8-65.
North Country (52)
Boyea 0-6-6, Henderson 5-2-16, Stone 2-0-6, Brock 0-1-1, Carder 5-5-15, Grcic 2-0-6, Poupore 1-0-2. 15-14-52.
3-point goals: Herkimer (7): Thomas 2; Davis; Whittingham; Hunt; Jefferson; Mitchell. North Country (9): Henderson 5; Stone 2; Grcic 2.
Halftime: Herkimer 31-26.
Eastern Maine 74,
Paul Smith’s 65
AUBURN. Me. — Eastern Maine Community College connected on 12 3-pointers on the way to a victory over the Bobcats (5-20).
Chris Lewis tossed in 14 points, Rob Moore, Edson Pierre and Earl Hassell added 11 apiece, and Brian Bolduc had 10 points and 13 rebounds in a balanced offensive attack for the hosts.
Alex Medina paced Paul Smith, which trailed 43-29 at the half, with 28 points, six rebounds and seven assists, while Adam Klock contributed 17 points and 12 boards, and Patrick Wightman added nine points.
“We got off to a good start and played them even for most of the first half,” Paul Smith’s coach Joe Akey said. “But then they got hot from 3-point range in the final seven minutes of the half and pushed a close game to a 14-point lead.
“They led by as many as 19 points in the second half before we made a run and cut it to eight. But then they made a 3-point play that killed our momentum. We weren’t able to get closer than eight the rest of the way.
“Eastern Maine was much bigger and more athletic than we were, but I was proud of the way we battled, never quit and kept attacking. We needed one more guy to step up, other than Alex Medina and Adam Klock, who both played all 40 minutes.”
Paul Smith’s closes its season with a 7 p.m. game Tuesday at North Country Community College.
Eastern Maine 74, Paul Smith’s 65
Paul Smith’s (65)
Medina 8-11-28, Wightman 4-1-9, Hapgood 0-0-0, Odell 1-0-2, Senthil 1-0-3, Klock 7-0-17, McCuin 3-0-6. Totals: 24-12-65.
Eastern Maine (74)
Moore 4-0-11, Francis 0-1-1, Andrews 0-0-0, Pierre 5-0-11, Green 3-1-7, Card 2-1-5, Lewis 5-0-14, Deniger 1-1-4, Hassell 4-0-11, Bolduc 4-2-10. Totals: 28-6-74.
3-point goals: Paul Smith’s (5): Klock; Senthil; Medina. Eastern Maine (12): Lewis 4; Moore 3; Hassell 3; Deniger, Pierre.
Halftime: Eastern Maine, 43-29.