|IAC GIRLS BASKETBALL: BALANCE LEADS NOTRE DAME TO 69-40 WIN OVER TIOGA (7 PHOTOS) (2018-01-09)
Valley Sports Report
SOUTHPORT, N.Y. — Notre Dame used a mix of scoring from the perimeter and the paint in a 69-40 win over Tioga here Tuesday evening in IAC girls basketball action.
Taylor VanDine knocked down five of Notre Dame’s seven 3-pointers in the contest, and 6-3 Mary Foster and her low-post companion Kahlia Rivera combined for 24 points.
“(Notre Dame) shot the ball pretty well,” said Tioga coach Joe Robinson. “When you have to worry about the Foster girl down low all night long, and (Rivera) on the other side is pretty good, too — it leaves the girls open on the perimeter, and their guards shot the ball well.
“I thought we played pretty well offensively at times, but we turned the ball over way too much to compete with a team like Notre Dame,” he added.
VanDine buried pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter, Rivera scored four points, and Maddy Watts added a 3-pointer to give the Lady Crusaders a 19-7 lead.
Courtney Crater scored seven points, including an old-fashioned three-point play, in transition in the second quarter, Foster scored four points, and VanDine connected on another 3-pointer as the Lady Crusaders pushed the lead to 34-19 at the half.
Senior Grace Manwaring scored eight points, including a pair of 3-pointers, in the first half to pace the Lady Tigers.
Notre Dame put the game away in the third quarter with an 18-7 run that extended the lead to 52-26 entering the final eight minutes.
VanDine made two more 3-pointers and scored eight points to fuel the run, while Rivera scored four points, and Watts knocked down another trey.
Manwaring led Tioga with 12 points, while sophomore Chloe Bellis had seven points, five steals, and two blocked shots, senior Sara Strong added seven points, three rebounds, three blocked shots, and three steals, senior Madi Teribury grabbed five boards, and senior Emily Polo Rankin dished out four assists.
VanDine led Notre Dame with 20 points, while Rivera scored 15 points, Crater had 13 points, Foster added nine points, and Watts chipped in with six points.
Tioga, now 2-9, returns to action Friday when it hosts Edison.
IN PHOTO 1: Tioga’s Emily Polo Rankin. … PHOTOS COURTESY OF PETER KENT.