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Shenendehowa girls’ basketball rebounds for win against rival Saratoga Springs

Shenendehowa's Emily Delisle dribbles the ball against Saratoga Springs' during Suburban Council action Tuesday night at Shenendehowa High School East in Clifton Park.
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Shenendehowa's Emily Delisle dribbles the ball against Saratoga Springs' during Suburban Council action Tuesday night at Shenendehowa High School East in Clifton Park.

CLIFTON PARK — Legendary Green Bay Packers football coach Vince Lombardi coached several successful teams that wore green — so has Shenendehowa girls’ basketball coach Joe Murphy.

Lombardi is often credited with the quote: “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.”

Murphy channelled something similar in his club’s locker room after the Plainsmen lost to Averill Park 51-50 Monday night, a non-league defeat against a Suburban Council program that was Shenendehowa’s first against a Section II foe in two years.

Shenendehowa’s answer: a 57-38 win Tuesday night over rival Saratoga Spring.

A 20-8 second quarter helped the Plainsmen build up a 32-17 halftime lead against the Blue Streaks, and Shenendehowa maintained the pressure while utilizing its entire bench in the Suburban Council finale for both teams.

“We were all pretty upset after the loss last night, but we regained our composure and focused on today’s game,” Shenendehowa’s Bri Carey said. “Averill Park stormed the court [after the win] and that really dug us deep. Everyone wants to play Shen and beat Shen, that just motivates us to do better.”

Carey finished with a team-high 13 points and Jillian Heurter added 10.

Monday’s loss was only the second of the year for Shenendehowa (12-0 Suburban Council, 16-2 overall).

“It made us realize how much people want to beat Shen,” Huerter said. “We have to show up every night to play because everyone else shows up every night to play us. I think tonight we really stepped up. It was a good rebound from last night.”

Plainsmen point guard Emily Delisle made her presence felt in grabbing six rebounds, five on defense, and had two assists to go with her three points.

“She’s good off the ball, she attacks the rim well, she’s an unbelievable rebounder, defender, she’s a difference-maker out there like you saw tonight,” Murphy said.

The 5-foot-5 guard wasn’t afraid to drive the lane and take on Saratoga Springs’ Natasha Chudy and Carly Wise.

“It was just a feeling at the moment,” Delisle said. “I knew that I could drive and kick, and my teammates would be there for the open shots.”

With 12 players scoring Tuesday night for the Plainsmen, Delisle’s ability to distribute will be key in the postseason.

“It helps me know that I can trust my teammates, no matter who they are,” Delisle said. “If there is foul trouble, I can trust that they are going to do what they need to do to help us win the games.”

“Everyone on our team can shoot. Everyone passes the ball really well. That’s what was working this game,” Carey said.

Chudy scored a game-high 14 points with Wise added 10.

SHENENDEHOWA 57, SARATOGA SPRINGS 38

Saratoga Springs 9  8  9 12 — 38

Shenendehowa 12 20 13 12 — 57

Saratoga Springs scoring: Chudy 6-1-14, Wise 5-0-10, Allen 3-0-8, LaFountain 2-0-6. Shenendehowa scoring: Huerter 4-0-10, Jacques 2-0-5, Montanez 2-0-5, Carpenter 2-0-5, Carey 4-1-13, Wilders 1-0-3, Cholakis 1-1-3, Stuart 1-0-2, DeMura 1-0-2, Almeida 2-0-4, Delisle 1-1-3, Cozzens 1-0-2. Scoring totals: Saratoga Springs, 16-1-38. Shenendehowa, 22-3-57.

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