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Alexis Groark, Tanna Mohammed lead Glenn to big win

John Glenn's Alexis Groark (10) puts in the

John Glenn's Alexis Groark (10) puts in the rebound for two in the first half of a game against East Hampton on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 at John Glenn High School. Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

It was a fun night to be a Knight.

Glenn's Tanna Mohammed said games like Monday's 72-36 win over East Hampton are pleasant because the starters "get to chill" and watch from the bench. Mohammed and her teammates did just that with six minutes left in the third quarter.

"We were trying to press them with our run and press formation," Mohammed said. "That makes the game faster for us and I think it flustered them. It gave us some easy baskets."

The Glenn girls basketball team had its fair share of easy baskets during its Suffolk League VI home win.

Most of them occurred early on.

"When we come out with a lot of energy and play this well together, it's fun because then everyone gets to play," said Mohammed, who had 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

Alexis Groark is one of those starters who helped build the big lead. Groark had two easy layups on back-to-back possessions late in the second quarter that gave the Knights a 30-6 lead. Glenn (4-0) led 41-10 at halftime.

"This was one of the best feelings because we knew early on that we were at a point where we accomplished a lot," said Groark, who led all scorers with 15 points and added five rebounds. "I was able to stay aggressive with the rebounds and go strong with my power dribble for a layup."

Speaking of staying strong, Julia Molano was certainly making her presence felt on the low block. Molano, another starter, scored all six of her points from underneath the basket on three consecutive possessions that gave Glenn a 36-8 lead.

"We have great guards that are able to push the ball and get us in our spot," Molano said, referring to Mohammed, Aaliyah Graham and Monika Sivilli. "These are the kind of games that boost your confidence. It shows that we can get on a run at anytime."

Despite the score, East Hampton (0-3) kept fighting. Emma Norris, who led the way with 11 points, converted a three-point play in the fourth quarter.

But Glenn's defense was too much. "Defense is a big part of what we do," said Graham, who scored all seven of her points in the first quarter. "Once you force a team to get out of its comfort zone, it helps everyone relax and it makes the basket look a lot bigger."

Another bright spot for Glenn was T'orra Scurry. The junior , who just started playing last year, played significant minutes and scored six points. Glenn coach Andrew Athanas said before the game that he wanted to see his two 6-foot forwards, Scurry and Molano, get more touches. Each had their fair share and Scurry was just another example of how everyone contributed for Glenn.

"It can be hard for me to be in formation because the game moves so fast," Scurry said. "Tonight, I was able to get in rhythm, take my time, and understand things better."


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