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March 6th, 2013
ORLEANS-It hasnâ€™t always been pretty.
But it has been effective. And you are, in sports, what you are in terms of record.
With that said the Lady Rangers are a pretty good little ballclub as they advanced Tuesday thru their playoff bracket.
Lake Region withstood a late Springfield rally to advance to the Division Two quarter-finals after a 51-48 play-down victory.
LRU got 18 points from Drew Neal and some clutch play in the waning moments from senior Sarah Burnham, as the blue and white achieved their 17th win against 4 defeats this winter.
CONCORDâ€“The Lady Crusaders were ready, they were rested and they were prepared.
Then they ran into Kasey DeGreenia.
The Concord Wildcat forward single-handedly out-scored the entire UCA roster, going for 27 en-route to the 55-23 play-down win on Tuesday evening.
"I am very pleased with how hard the girls worked, despite the score," said UCA coach Tony DeLaBruere. "It didn't come as a surprise though, because that is how they have played all season."
UCA was led by Hannah Piette, who had 12 points, followed by Laura Libby who had five and two boards.
NEWPORTâ€“A fantastic season for the UCA Crusader boys came to a close on Monday evening, as they fell to the West Rutland Golden Horde 68-49 at the North Country gymnasium.
"Though we lost this game, I am proud of the effort my guys played with until the end," said UCA coach Tony DeLaBruere.
Chris DeLaBruere led UCA with 22 points, and grabbed nine boards.
Marquel Taylor-Webster was also in double-digits, score 13 in limited time while grabbing nine rebounds and recording five blocks.
Jordan Pease led all scorers with 24.
ORLEANS-It was a long trip up from Brandon, Vermont for the 11th seeded Otter Valley Otters Saturday, and after a painful 29 point whupping by host Lake Region, it probably was a longer trip back.
The Lake Region backcourt had their way with the visiting Otters, forcing 26 turnovers with their relentless multi-headed group of guards to earn a to a trip to the Division Two Final Four at Barre Auditorium this coming Wednesday.
Add to the fact that the Otters had no answer for Drew Gallup inside, and it was a long afternoon for Otter Valley.
ORLEANSâ€“The Lady Rangers did not finnish up the regular season they way they wanted to, as they fell to Winooski 56-45.
The game was seen as a test for Lake Region as they prepare to head into the play-offs without a few crucial members of their squad.
"That game was one we really wanted to win for seeding purposes," said assistant coach Joe Houston. "It wasn't a one-and-done situation, but it was sort of like that atmosphere, and we did not handle it the way we wanted to in terms of coming out and staying composed.
NEWPORTâ€“It wasn't easy, it wasn't always pretty, but in the end, the UCA boys got the job done, defeating South Royalton 39-31 to advance to the quarterfinal's against the winner of West Rutland/Sharon contest.
Taylor-Webster's 18 points led all scorers, and he had 8 rebounds to boot.
Chris added 10 points to go along with 11 boards, Saaman had 9 and 5, and Kim had 2 points.
Jon DeLaBruere and Dale Martell each had a pair of rebounds.
Originally slated to play on Friday, the Crusaders' game has moved to Monday at 6:00 at North Country's gym.
ORLEANS-When you enter the second season, you have to take it one game at a time. Donâ€™t look ahead , donâ€™t be distracted and keep your focus.
That is exactly what the Lake Region Ranger boys did Wednesday night, as they demolished visiting Springfield 76-45 in the play-down round of the Division II bracket.
The Rangers may have gotten a break as they will take on Otter Valley, the number 11 seed as they pulled off the overtime upset, beating number six seed Mill River 77-72. A player to watch Saturday will be OVâ€™s Ryan Kelley, who jacked up 43 points in the win.
NEWPORTâ€“North Country and Burlington went at it tooth and nail for the first one and a half quarters of the Falcons game on Tuesday night before the Seahorses' found that extra gear and pulled away for the 46-33 win.
"Momentum in the game of basketball is everything," said NCU coach Christiane Brown. "We came out to play, but again, momentum is big, and we need to put four quarters together and not let down, even if something good goes for them, because that is how basketball works."
NEWPORTâ€“It has been a little while since the UCA boys have hosted a home play-off game, and after a season that left the team with a 14-6 record, the third ranked Crusaders are more than ready to welcome South Royalton to the North Country gymnasium on Wednesday evening.
"We are obviously excited at the chance to start the play-offs with a home game," said UCA coach Tony DeLaBruere. "Everybody is calm right now, and we need to keep doing what we have been doing and when we relax on the court we definitely have better success."
NEWPORTâ€“After receiving confirmation from athletic Mike Kiser Sunday evening, I was able to speak to former North Country boy's Varsity head coach Brian Bonvechio on Monday, who said he was indeed departing from the program.
Said Bonvechio, "The reason that I am leaving the position is that I have lost my passion for the game as it stands now.
"There is too much emphasis on the one-on-one aspect of the game, and not enough focus on the team aspect.
"If I am not into it, then it is not fair to the players, the school and the administration for to me to still be out there coaching."