Champions! Girls Basketball Captures 2021-22 NYSAIS Title
The Dalton Girls Basketball team capped off its phenomenal season by winning the 2021-22 NYSAIS Championship on Wednesday, March 2 with a 64-25 victory over Poly Prep.
In front of a raucous crowd at Spence School, the Tigers took control from the opening tip by jumping out to a 13-0 lead to start the game and never looked back. Dalton was dominant defensively, holding Poly Prep to 20% from the field. Junior Mary Ashley Groot’ 24 led Dalton with 26 points and 12-of-12 from the free-throw line, while Freshman Izzy Wesley ‘26 had 14 points, six rebounds, and six assists.
The victory marked the conclusion of an incredible three-game run through the NYSAIS Tournament as the team averaged nearly a 38-point margin of victory over its three opponents.
After handling Riverdale 71-25 in the Quarterfinals, the top-seeded Tigers topped Hackley 66-38 in the Semifinals, which set the stage for Wednesday night’s showdown with No. 3 seed Poly Prep.
This is the Tigers’ first NYSAIS Championship since 2018. Dalton, which finished the season with a 21-2 record, also won the Ivy League title by going undefeated (12-0) in league play for the first time.