WELLS - With injuries and illness cutting into the Wells girls basketball roster, first-year coach Allison Braunius was looking for someone to step up against Ticonderoga.
Instead of one person, she got contributions from six of the seven players suited up for the game.
Despite the effort and a strong opening quarter, the Lady Indians came up on the short end of the 48-24 final score in the Northern Basketball League contest Monday night at Wells High School.
Wells’ Chelsea Kennedy (34) is surrounded by Ticonderoga’s Kaylie Austin (13), Logan Mars (21) and Nicole Fuller (23) as she puts up a shot during Monday’s Northern Basketball League game at Wells High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
"I am very proud of the effort. The girls gave 100 percent." Braunius said. "We handled their press better tonight than we did the last time we played them. We did a lot better. We need to make the free throws when we can get them and we took advantage of that tonight."
The Lady Indians were 9-for-12 from the free-throw line in the opening half and finished 10-for-18 on the night. The Sentinels finished the game 6-for-17 from the line.
Ticonderoga opened the game on a 6-0 run that the Lady Indians answered with a run of their own, outscoring the Sentinels 8-2 in a three-minute span to tie the game before Kaylie Austin and Sadie Humel scored in the final minute to give Ticonderoga a 12-8 advantage at the end of the period.
Delaney Hughes took over for the Sentinels in the second quarter, scoring only four points but earning four trips to the free-throw line in the period and pulling down rebounds on both ends of the court to help extend her team's lead to 27-13 at the half.
The Lady Indians won the third quarter, outscoring Ticonderoga 8-7 on a 3-pointer from Chelsea Simons and field goal and 3-pointer from Kaeli Brenan.
Hughes again came up big in the fourth quarter for Ticonderoga, hitting for six of her game-high 14 points in the period to help lock up the 48-24 win.
Austin joined Hughes in double-digits for Ticonderoga with 11 points on the night.
Brenan paced Wells with nine points. Simons added five points, four rebounds and three steals, while Erika Foster had four rebounds, two steals and two assists to go with two points.
Ticonderoga 48, Wells 24
Ticonderoga12 15 7 14 - 48
Wells8 5 8 3 - 24
Parker 1-0-2, Hughes 6-2-14, Austin 5-1-11, Fuller 3-1-7, Hamel 2-0-4, Jebb 3-2-8, Moore 1-0-2. Totals: 21-6-44.
Mayer 0-3-3, Simons 2-0-5, Foster 0-2-2, Brenan 2-4-9, Kennedy 1-1-3, Darling 1-0-2. Totals: 6-10-24.
3-point goals: Ticonderoga - none; Wells 2 (Simons, Brenan).