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Better-balanced Shaker beats Saratoga

The victory kept Shaker within a half-game of second-place Niskayuna in the North Division standings " no small feat for a team that has struggled to win league games in recent years.

"We're taking it one game at a time," said Caschera, who is in her first year at Shaker. "We are 5-4 right now, but we have tough games ahead."

Meanwhile, Saratoga is searching for the balance that Shaker has.

"We're looking for everyone to find their roles, and I think they are finding them," said Johns. "Some will score, and some will handle the ball."

Saratoga's struggles continued last Saturday with a 47-36 loss to Averill Park. The Warriors jumped out to a 17-6 lead in the first quarter and kept the defensive pressure up through the next two periods. The Blue Streaks offense didn't get going until the fourth quarter when they scored 20 of their 36 points.

McElroy did what she could to help Saratoga with a 16-point performance, but no other Blue Streak scored more than five points. Meanwhile, Averill Park used a balanced attack, led by Lauren Nunziato's 12 points.

In other weekend girls basket-ball action, Shenendehowa remained undefeated in the Suburban Council with a 41-18 victory over Ballston Spa, while Niskayuna handed Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake a 51-47 loss.

Shen's defense dominated Ballston Spa. The Plainsmen (8-0, 10-2) held the Scotties scoreless in the second quarter as they built a 23-7 halftime lead. Ballston Spa (1-8, 2-10) managed only 11 points after that.

Allie Setter scored nine points, while Roz Alexander and Marissa Ray each added eight points for Shen. Marissa Traver's eight points paced Ballston Spa.

In Burnt Hills, the Spartans (0-7, 1-10) led 38-32 entering the fourth quarter, but Niskayuna (5-3, 8-3) outscored BH-BL 19-9 in the fourth quarter to pull out the win.

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