Local Round-up

Lake Region Wins its Regular Season Finale on the RoadRichford – LR took to the road to face the Falcons of Richford Friday night and they walked away with an easy 42-17 victory.Drew Gallup was the high scorer with 14 points.After starting the season a dismal 1-8 the Rangers have rebounded to the tune of a 9-2 record to finish the season .500 at 10-10.The Blue and White look to have locked up the 10 seed in the Division 2 playoffs, with a first round matchup on the road against the #7 seed Montpelier Solons. The official pairings however will be released later today.Lady Rangers drop 2 in a row in OTHARDWICK – The Lake Region Lady Rangers dropped their second straight overtime game on the road Thursday night against the Wildcats, 56-51.After leading early on Hazen was able to claw their way back late in the fourth quarter. Lake Region got 2 shots off at the buzzer but neither would fall sending the game to overtime and allowing the Wildcats to pull away for the win.Coach Mark Tinker was disappointed after the contest, “It’s hard losing two in a row the way we have. We have one game left before playoffs. We have to win to improve our position in the standings.”Kylie Atwood led the Rangers with 17 points.The Blue and White currently sit at 10-9 and in 9th place in the Division 2 standings. With a win Tuesday in Richford against the Rockets and some help by other teams, Lake Region may be able to claim the 8th and final opening round home playoff game. Tip-off for the game in Richford is set for 7:00. J/V Rangers Stay UndefeatedFacing one of their fiercest rivals in Hazen Union, at a gym in which they have struggled in the past, the LR JV Girls came out firing on all cylinders Thursday night cruising to a 53-29 victory. While the opponent was new, the story remains the same as the Rangers defensive intensity and pressure forced Hazen into turnovers with LR converting them into transition baskets. When Hazen was able to slow them down, the Rangers ran a crisp, disciplined offense, creating quality scoring chances possession after possession. The Rangers balanced attack was led by Tori Adams' eleven points, followed by Amber Bernier's nine, and Michelle Thibault's eight. Coach Houston had high praise for his team following the game, "This is was probably the most complete game we've played all year. I was really pleased with the defensive intensity, we really made them work hard and we did it without fouling." At 18-0 the Rangers will close out the season at Richford Tuesday night. Falcon Hockey Season Ends with CancellationsNorth Country’s two hockey teams ended their regular season without playing their final game. The boys game against BHS was terminated due to problems at Leddy, while the girls senior night was cancelled due to conditions at Jay Peak.The boys finished 8-11 while the girls were 13-6. They find out who they will play in the opening round of the play-offs later today.