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Salamanca Tip-Off Tourney

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

Salamanca topples Trojans in Tipoff Tourney

 

 
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SALAMANCA �” The Colleen Wiedman era, take two, is underway at Salamanca.

Shooting guard Brittany Haines led a balanced attack with 21 points, and Ashley Abrams had a double-double in just one half of play with 11 points and 10 assists as the new-look Red and Grey outpaced Southwestern in the opening round of the Salamanca Tip-Off Tournament on Thursday night, 70-40.

Ten of the 11 Lady Warriors got on the score sheet, including four players who scored in double figures, as Salamanca took a commanding 43-14 lead at the half behind Haines’ 10 first quarter points. She was also 3-of-4 at the line.

Coach Wiedman, architect of the 1988 championship team, said she was impressed with several of her players.

“Ash (Abrams), passing, looking more to create than to shoot,” she said, will prove an effective tool. Several of those assists were no-look passes on fast break opportunities. Also, “Katie (Auge) played outstanding.” She had 10 points, three steals and eight rebounds, including five offensive caroms, as many of the starters watched from the bench in the second half.

The team, rusty from a late start on the season, still needs some work, according to Wiedman.

 
 

“We didn’t run the lanes well. A couple times we got beat back on man-to-man. Once we’re in shape, that won’t happen.”

The Lady Warriors showcased a new, guard-oriented look as several players handled the ball outside the three-point arc. At least four players, including Molly Cooper, Emily Cooper, and traditional forward Melissa Liberatore, effectively handled the ball in the full court.

But most impressive was Haines. Coming off a 2007 campaign where an injured wrist held her to well below 10 points per contest, she rolled into the lane to compliment popping out on the wing for several of her scoring chances.

For Salamanca, Abrams added five steals, and Hannah Reynolds just missed a double-double of her own as she poured in 11 points and nine rebounds, five of them on the offensive glass. Lauren Dry had eight boards and one steal. The team went 6-for-9 from the line.

Amanda White led the Lady Trojans with 17 points.

Salamanca takes the court Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the championship game against the winner of Olean and Holland tonight.

Salamanca 26 17 14 13 �” 70

S.Western 7 7 7 19 �” 40

SALAMANCA 70

Auge 5 0-0 10; Abrams 5 1-1 11; Haines 9 3-4 21; 5 1-2 11; Molly Cooper 1 2; Liberatore 1 1-1 3; Acosta 3 0-1 6; Dry 1 2; Cole 1 2; Siperek1 2

SOUTHWESTERN 40

Luica-Conley 1 1 1-2 7; Burowski 1 1 5; Anderson 1 2; Triscuit 2 4; White 7 3-5 17; Brown 1 2; Shilling 1 1-2 3

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