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Warriors Place Second in Tip-Off Tournament

Posted Tuesday, December 09, 2008 by Brian Cook Sports editor

Olean holds Abrams to seven points, staves off Salamanca rally for Tip-Off title

December 8, 2008

SALAMANCA �”� It took just the second game into the season for it to catch up with the Lady Warriors.

Behind on their conditioning from a late start to the season, Salamanca’s legs failed them in the championship round of their annual Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday night, 61-52 against a gritty Olean team that Salamanca (1-1) had beaten the year before.

Junior Lady Husky forward and tournament MVP Rachel Bantelman helped cut short a Salamanca rally after the Lady Warriors began to claw back from down 17 points at 21-38 to draw to within eight in the fourth quarter.

Meanwhile Bantelman (17 points) and Alicia Stebbins, with a game high 18 points, held Salamanca’s Ashley Abrams in check with just seven points and forced the Lady Warriors into 18 turnovers to seal the win.

“Someone needs to step up and be the boss,” admonished coach Colleen Wiedman, partially dismissing the excuse of fatigue. “We missed a couple of defensive assignments. Coming in I thought we could match up man-to-man (but) we had to get out of it.”



Coming off a career night in the tourney opener, Brittany Haines (12 points) often drew the defensive assignment on the 5-10 Bantelman in the second half. The end result was nothing left for the offensive end as a long two fell well short of the rim, and Salamanca missed several front ends on one-and-ones that could have trimmed the lead to single digits late in the fourth.

The Lady Warriors didn’t help themselves by going 10-20 from the charity stripe, either. Meanwhile, Olean went 10-13.

Last season, Salamanca managed to shut down Bantelman and the Lady Huskies’ inside game.

Not this time.

Olean consistently got inside the 2-3 zone’s soft spot as Salamanca was slow to rotate and drop down. The ball simply moved faster than the Red and Grey could move their legs to catch up. While Olean couldn’t convert on several layup attempts early and let Salamanca hang around in the first quarter (they trailed just 12-13 before a Bantelman score at the buzzer), those attempts started to fall and the Lady Warriors could not answer.

Salamanca trailed 20-33 at the half and trailed 26-40 before sparking a small run behind the offensive rebounding of Hannah Reynolds (13 points). A put-back trimmed the lead to 10 with about two minutes in the third before Stebbins bumped the lead back to 12.

The fourth quarter looked promising for the Lady Warriors as Katie Auge dropped in t4wo of her 10 points to bring the lead back to a manageable 10. Abrams dished off to Reynolds and the deficit was just eight at the 6:55 mark. Lori Acosta would again bring it back to eight less the next two trips down the court after Olean scores, but consecutive misses in one-and-one situations sealed the Lady Warriors’ fate.

Haines was selected for the All-Tournament team, while Auge won the Individual Sportsmanship Award.


Auge 3 4-6 10; Abrams 2 1-2 7; Haines 5 2-5 12; Reynolds 6 1-3 13; Liberatore 2 1-3 5; Acosta 2 1-2 5

OLEAN (61)

Milkowicz 2-2 2; Lee 1 2; Williamson 1 2-4 7; Stebbins 7 4-5 18; Kasporski 4 1-1 9; Bantelman 2 5 1-1 17; Carney 2 6

Three point field goals: Olean �” Carney (2), Bantelman (2), Williamson, Salamanca �” Abrams (2)


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