Katie Durand leads Cold Spring Harbor to Nassau Small Schools title

Cold Spring Harbor senior Katie Durand, right, looks Cold Spring Harbor senior Katie Durand, right, looks to dribble past Carle Place Samantha Burden in the third quarter. (Feb. 23, 2013) Photo Credit: James Escher

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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.

The Seahawks coach felt that way because of the upcoming Long Island Class B championship game against Southampton at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Hofstra.

"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."

Friends Academy (10-10), which takes on Stony Brook in the Long Island Class C championship game at 8 p.m. on Tuesday at SUNY-Old Westbury, was led by Lindsay O'Sullivan with 10 points.

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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."

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