Rory Malone sensed his Cold Spring Harbor girls basketball team wasn't focused on Friends Academy during its Nassau Small Schools championship game Saturday at LIU Post.
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"We struggled in the beginning," Malone said. "Our thoughts were with our next game."
It didn't affect the outcome much as Cold Spring Harbor won convincingly, 42-22, behind senior guard Katie Durand's 11 points and five steals.
"Our D picked up in the fourth," Malone said. "When we play D like that, we're tough to beat. We just had trouble getting there today."
It wasn't enough to offset Durand's shotmaking ability in the fourth.
"She made some key baskets," Malone said of his SUNY-Geneseo-bound guard. "Everyone did their part. Glad to get out of there injury-free. We turned it around when we had to."