LEOMINSTER — Offensively, it took Groton-Dunstable a little while to get on track last Wednesday night, but defensively they were on their game throughout.
The Lady Crusaders forced 24 turnovers, held a 42-21 advantage on the boards and limited Parker to just three field goals in an impressive 42-11 victory in SkyView Summer League action.
After a scoreless first four minutes, Groton-Dunstable got on the board via a three-pointer from Leanne Mueller off a Melissa Langell feed that kick started a 9-0 run. Lindsey Werner hit a pair of free throws, Riley Rogers knocked down a 17-foot jumper and Mueller added a lay-up to give the Lady Crusaders a nine-point edge.
The Lady Panthers closed with seven at 11-4 on a driving lay-up by Tate Jordan, but Groton-Dunstable picked up the final three points of the opening half to take a double-digit lead. Alex Pray converted a pair of free throws while Arianna Lacombe added a single freebie to give the Lady Crusaders a 14-4 advantage heading into the intermission.
Groton-Dunstable came out on fire to begin the second half, reeling off the first nine points. Lacombe got things going with a lay-up while Werner drained a trey, and Rogers added a lay-up off a Langell dish. When Pray converted a single free throw, the Lady Crusaders held a 23-4 lead.
A running five-foot jumper by Ally McNulty momentarily stopped the bleeding for Parker, but Groton-Dunstable responded with a 17-0 burst over the next six minutes. Seven different players scored during the run, led by Mueller with four points and Werner who knocked down a three-pointer and added three assists. When Werner set up Kelly Mitchell on a 10-foot jumper, the Lady Crusaders held a 34-point edge at 40-6.
Over the final four minutes, the Lady Panthers put up a fight, scoring five of the final seven points. Page Senatore hit for a pair of free throws and McNulty converted a Jordan dish into a lay-up to account for the final as Groton-Dunstable improved to 9-2 on the season.
Mueller led the way for the Lady Crusaders with 12 points, 13 rebounds, five steals and three blocked shots. Werner finished with eight points, four assists and three steals. Rogers came off the bench to add six points, four boards, five assists and three steals while Pray chipped in five points and seven rebounds.
McNulty (four rebounds) and Senatore led Parker with four points each. Jordan had two points and three boards while Katie Williamson chipped in a point and four steals.