December 31, 2009


Dryden trips up Groton in consi

TRUMANSBURG — After scoring just 14 points the night before, the Dryden High girls found their scoring touch Wednesday to capture third place at the Trumansburg Holiday Tournament.
Laura Streeter scored 16 points to lead three Purple Lions into double figures as Dryden posted a 56-44 win over Interscholastic Athletic Conference North Division basketball rival Groton Central in the consolation contest. Since this game also counted as a league game, the Purple Lions improve to 1-6 in the IAC and 2-6 overall. The Indians fall to 0-7 league and overall.
“Our offense was much better,” Groton coach Jen Case said. “We only scored 23 points in our first meeting (against Dryden on Dec. 1). We are starting to reach some of the goals we set at the beginning of the season.
“Defensively, we still need some work,” she added. “Our biggest problem is we still are lazy on boxing out and rebounding. We are giving up too many fourth and fifth shots.”
Dryden took a 13-9 lead in the first quarter before building its advantage to 30-22 by halftime. It was the same story in the second half. The Purple Lions scored just enough points to slowly increase their lead a secure victory.
In addition to Streeter, Taylor White and Katelyn Eaton each netted 12 points for Dryden. For White, it was another good game, but not as good as the 18-point game in the first Groton encounter. Case credited Mallorie Murray for the improved defensive effort.
“Mallorie did a nice job guarding White,” Case said. “She held her scoring down and scored some points of her own.”
Murray scored seven points for the Indians. Shelby Warner led the way for Groton with 14 points while Liz Keister tallied eight points.
Keister and Streeter earned all-tournament honors for their respective teams.
“Streeter was the player who really stepped up for Dryden,” Case stated.
Groton will return to IAC action Tuesday when the Indians travel to Whitney Point.
l In the championship game, Corning East rolled past host Trumansburg 65-27 as Elyssa Baron, the tournament MVP, led the way with 22 points. Samantha Crane also represented the champions on the all-tourrney team, while Trumansburg’s Meghan Kraus and Ali Grunder were similarly honored.