Second-half surge gains win for Generals

wbball 01 09 2013 RandioPlattsburgh, NY – The Herkimer women's basketball squad needed some time to regain their pre-holiday scoring touch, but they did regain it. Their second-half offensive brought them back from a halftime deficit and yielded a victory over the Clinton CC Cougars on Tuesday evening. It was the Generals' first outing in nearly a month.

The game was played in Clinton CC's handsome arena on a bluff overlooking Lake Champlain. Herkimer point guard Aniya Webb was not available for the game, and Alexia Brown was nursing an injury, but a new General was added to the lineup. Stacy Loucks, who had been a rugged midfielder for the soccer team in the fall, joined the team as a guard and forward.

Generals Alyssa Craig, Shileeka Williams, Samantha Randio, and Loucks were able to put first-half points on the board, but the Cougars managed to gain and keep the lead for nearly the entire first half.

The visiting Generals never trailed by much. In fact, they led 5-4 after a Craig three-pointer and a Randio steal-and-two. But Clinton had the better offense in the first 20 minutes.

Photo: Sam Randio scores after stealing the ball

Williams and Craig both sank two threes during the half. Williams added a field goal; Craig was sent to the line for three shots and sank two of the three. Loucks scored her first collegiate field goal with a nice eight-foot jumper.

First-year Herkimer Coach BJ Gouger's team closed the gap as the half was ending. Shi Williams sank a three, then a two, then another three, and Herkimer trailed 24-23, but the Cougars scored four more, and the half ended with a 28-23 score.

wbball 01 09 2013 CraigThe home team had enjoyed a very strong first-half performance by freshman Alisha Ducatte, who put 18 points on the board. The Generals' halftime tasks were to find ways to improve their own offense and to slow down Ducatte. They did both.

Herkimer returned to the hardwood and immediately outscored Clinton 8-2. Whitney Brown's putback regained the lead for the visitors at 31-30. They continued to increase that lead.

Alyssa Craig scored the Generals' only three-pointer of the second half, but they managed to find many other ways to tally from the floor and from the line. Whitney Brown had been frustrated in the first half, but she came on strong in the second. She led her team with 15 second-half points.

Photo: Alyssa Craig scoring one of her three three-pointers

The final score was Herkimer 55, Clinton 40. The win raised Herkimer's record to 10-3. The squad's next game will be at home on Saturday when they host the SUNY Adirondack Timberwolves at 1:00 p.m.

Nick Scribe, website writer

Herkimer scoring: Randio 8, Williams 10, W. Brown 15, Seabrooks 4, Loucks 5, Craig 13 – Total 55

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