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Lady Eagles impressive in debut

"At times our press worked, and at times it didn't. At times our zone worked, and at times it didn't," said Fiore, who made her varsity coaching debut. "We have to become more consistent defensively."

As the gap continued to widen, Colonie's offense took more chances. The Lady Raiders took the first open shot they had at the basket, but most of those fell short, which led to plenty of defensive rebounds for Bethlehem.

"They ran some nice (offensive) sets, and they got some open looks. They just didn't fall for them," said Nealon.

"We're not going to make all of our shots, and we have to do a better job of crashing the boards," said Fiore.

McCullough finished with 24 points, while Kristina Maksuti and Paula Gadomski combined for 19 points off the bench for Bethlehem. Kay Deso scored 10 points to lead Colonie.

Bethlehem capped its tourna-ment with a 51-50 overtime victory over Big 10 power Catholic Central Saturday. The Lady Eagles rallied from a 24-18 halftime deficit to tie the game at 45 at the end of regulation before pulling out the win.

Meg Olsen led Bethlehem with 17 points, while Kiersten Swete contributed 12 points and Maksuti added 10 points off the bench. Alison McGrath's 19 points paced Catholic Central (1-1).

The Lady Eagles opened their Suburban Council schedule Tuesday when they faced Colum-bia in Delmar. They host Niskayuna Friday.""

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