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Dryden girls win first-ever league title, 40-37


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NCTL Champions . . . The Dryden girls’ basketball team clinched their first league title in school history recently. They are front coach Tony Anderson; middle Rachel DeCeuninck, Maddy Couch, Lynsey Marchwinski and Mandi Jones; and back Cortney Lowney, Sandrine Simon, Angie Kopas, Sarah DeCeuninck and Hillary Mason. photo by Kevin Kissane.

February 25, 2009
DRYDEN — The Dryden varsity girls' basketball team took a 10-point cushion into the final minute of play and held on for a 40-37 win against visiting Memphis in a North Central Thumb League basketball battle on Tuesday, February 17.

With the result, Dryden improves to 13-4 overall and 13-2 versus league adversaries. The outcome assures Tony Anderson's ballclub of a number one North Central Thumb League South Division showing, the first time in school history the Cardinals have accomplished the feat.

In Tuesday's battle, Dryden grabbed a 10-8 edge after one quarter was into the record books.

Quarter number two saw Memphis deposit 10 points through the twines, while allowing Dryden six.

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That left Memphis holding an 18-16 edge at the halftime break.

When the teams returned to the floor, Dryden bounced back with an 8-6 third quarter advantage.

That squared the scoreboard count at 24-all at the 24-minute mark.

The next seven minutes would see Dryden net 16 points, while holding Memphis to just six.

Dryden now owned a 40-30 cushion and appeared as if a victory would soon be theirs to celebrate.

To Memphis' credit, the Yellowjackets did not go down without a fight.

Memphis put together a 7-0 rally during the last minute of play, only to fall by a 40-37 count at night's end.

Sarah DeCeuninck (14 points, 13 rebounds and two steals) and Angie Kopas (14 points, seven rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots) led Dryden that evening. They were backed by Lynsey Marchwinski (10 points, five steals and two assists), Cortney Lowney (two points, three assists and two steals) and Hillary Mason (five steals).

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