Nobody puts Allie in a corner.
That's a classic line from the movie "Dirty Dancing," with a slight twist. But seriously, when Allie Tunick ends up in the corner, she's the one who does the punishing.
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"I don't have a problem from any spot,'' said Tunick, the leading three-point shooter in Suffolk, "but the corner three does go in more often.''
Four went in Wednesday night as Tunick helped lead Harborfields to a 60-36 win over Hampton Bays in the Suffolk small schools championship game at Ward Melville.
Tunick has made 69 three-pointers this season, a Harborfields record. But the senior guard had been mired in a shooting slump lately and was coming off a season-low six points in the county final. So she came out firing in the first quarter, scoring 11 of her 14 points, including three three-pointers from the corner.
"It's definitely one of her specialties,'' point guard Christiana de Borja said. "Every time she's in the corner, I dish to her because I know it's an easy three points for us.''
Dishing is one of de Borja's specialties. Besides her 17 points, she had eight assists. Donasja Scott added 15 points as Harborfields (18-4) captured a second straight small schools title.
The Tornadoes went on a 10-0 run midway through the third to open a 42-32 lead with 1:53 left.
Hampton Bays' Alexis Fotopoulos scored 18 of her 19 points in the first half, and Hannah Reed added 12. Fotopoulos hit four threes in the first quarter as Hampton Bays (19-3) went into the break trailing 27-26. But Harborfields stopped trapping and played tighter man-to-man defense, allowing only 10 second-half points.
The Tornadoes play Huntington/Commack in the Suffolk overall championship tomorrow at Suffolk Community College in Selden. They face North Shore on March 13 at LIU Post, seeking a third straight Long Island championship.
"This is another accomplishment we can put up on our banner,'' Tunick said. "And, for me, it's a big confidence boost.''
She has turned the corner.