Canton’s girls varsity basketball team beat Saranac Central 46-38 on Saturday. The Golden Bears got off to a slow start and were down 12-0 in the first quarter, until Katie Chisholm scored a buzzer beater layup to end quarter one with the Bears trailing 12-2. After their worst quarter of the season, Canton started to look themselves again in the second quarter. At the half, Canton was only down two points 19-17.
The second half brought determination and grit from the Bears. To open the third quarter, Gretchen Warner scored a bucket down low and got fouled. The Bears went on to score 18 points in the third quarter and take the lead going into the home stretch. The fourth quarter showed how Canton can retain a lead and use their defensive talent to keep teams off the board.
The win was not pretty however, but proved Canton has the power to comeback after a 12-point deficit. The team hopes to get off to a faster start in their upcoming contests. Although Saranac was the most athletic team they have faced this season, the Bears used their veteran skill and knowledge to outlast the opponent. Canton was pleased that they held Saranac to only 38 points on defense yet, they still struggled to generate offense against a man-to-man defense. The team also struggled to break a press early in the contest which they hope to improve through work on their long passes and communication. The Bears also hope to score more than 46 points in the future by executing offensive sets and plays.
Chisholm lead the team with 19 points. She was followed by Lexi Huiatt who scored nine points, and Sarah Sieminksi added six points. Canton plays again on Tuesday in Gouverneur at 7 p.m. The 3-0 Golden Bears will take on the strong Wildcats in their first road game of the season. Go Bears!