CANANDAIGUA — North Country's goal of winning the NJCAA Region III women's basketball tournament came to a screeching halt Saturday at Finger Lakes Community College.
All'aha Albright poured in a game-high 16 points as Columbia-Greene handed the second-seeded Saints (24-5) a, 71-61, loss in the semifinals.
North Country, which led by as many as 13 points with 27 seconds left in the first half, shot 30 percent (21-of-70) from the field and was outscored by a 34-18 margin in the paint.
There, North Country shot 4-for-24 from the field, and Columbia-Greene's Anyla Harper dropped in eight points.
"They made layups, and I thought we really struggled inside the paint," Saints coach Jerrad Dumont said. "We got some good one-on-one matchups but struggled.
"I thought we got tired toward the end of the game. We're pretty young. Columbia-Greene's best players are sophomores, and they stayed composed and played really well.
"I just thought we struggled offensively all night (Saturday)."
Taylor pulled down 11 rebounds for a double-double performance.
The Saints finished their season with 24 wins and a regional semifinal appearance.
"I loved this group," Dumont said. "They worked well together, and they came ready to play. They were a pleasure to be around.
"They're great people who will be successful in life."