Before Friday night, if an opponent saw Dorrien Van Dyke on the perimeter for an open three-pointer, they welcomed the shot. The 5-11 Northport senior hadn't shown that the long-range shot was part of her game.
That may have changed.
Van Dyke hadn't hit a three-pointer all season until Friday night -- when she sank three of them and scored a career-high 24 points to lead host Northport to a 61-50 win over Whitman in a Coaches vs. Cancer Suffolk League II girls basketball game. Essence Casey's 24 points led Whitman (7-2, 3-1).
"The coaches work with me on my form and tell me I have good range," said Van Dyke, who had 13 rebounds and four assists, "but I guess in this game I showed I do, because I don't normally shoot threes. I was open so I shot them."
Said Northport coach Rich Castellano, "She's not a three-point shooter but she's working on it. It's nice for her to step up and more importantly rebound."
One of her rebounds was key. Allie Clarke (nine points, 10 rebounds, six assists) hit a jumper to give Northport (7-1, 4-0) a 48-37 lead with 4:51 left, but after Whitman's Kelly Bilodeau (13 points) scored to make it 51-45 with 3:15 remaining, Van Dyke soared in for a putback with 2:53 left to push the lead back to eight points.
Northport's Allie Pavinelli (13 points, seven assists) hit three three-pointers and scored 11 points in a 23-15 fourth quarter. With the Tigers winding down the shot clock, Pavinelli nailed a three-pointer from five feet behind the arc for a 59-47 lead with 1:21 left.
"I knew in the fourth quarter I had to step up because my whole team was playing great," she said. "It was my team getting me open."