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LEOMINSTER — Rare is the time when a basketball team has all facets of its game working at a high level at the same time.

Such was the case on Wednesday, Aug. 15, for Groton-Dunstable, which closed out its Sky View Summer League schedule in style. The Lady Crusaders jumped out to a 23-point half-time lead before cruising to a 48-17 victory over Fitchburg to finish their summer with a 7-3 record.

Over the first five minutes, Groton-Dunstable jumped out to a quick 9-1 lead by sticking shots from the perimeter. Melissa Langell went for four points on a pair of free throws and a 17-foot jumper while Rachel McCarron and Lindsey Werner each added jumpers as the Lady Crusaders held an early eight-point edge.

After the Lady Raiders got within seven at 12-5, Groton-Dunstable exploded for 12 unanswered points to blow the game open. Werner got things rolling with a pull-up three-pointer, but McCarron was the catalyst. The senior-to-be showed off her full repertoire by hitting a trey from the wing, knocking down a short jumper and hitting for a pair of lay-ups to account for nine points. Cate Cullen added two assists during the run that put the Lady Crusaders up 19 at 24-5.

The lead was cut to 17 with two minutes left in the opening half, but Groton-Dunstable put the finishing touches on a dominant first 20 minutes by scoring the last six points. Cullen converted a great feed from Werner into a lay-up while Kim Contonio added a lay-up and 12-foot jumper feeds from Arianna Lacombe and Angela Cho, respectively, as the Lady Crusaders took a 33-10 advantage into the intermission.

A sluggish first 10 minutes of the second half saw Fitchburg hold a 5-4 advantage in scoring, but Groton-Dunstable eventually got back on track and closed out the game on an 11-2 run. Langell led the way with three points while McCarron, Werner, Cullen and Lacombe added two points each as the Lady Crusaders coasted to a 31-point win.

McCarron led the way for Groton-Dunstable with 18 points and four rebounds. Werner finished with eight points, six assists and four steals. Langell added seven points, four boards and three steals. Contonio had five points and a blocked shot. Cullen (three assists and five steals) and Lacombe (five rebounds) chipped in four points apiece while Alex Pray scored two points, grabbed eight boards and had three steals.

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