While the Blue Waves girls basketball team was practicing in upstate Troy, N.Y., you couldn’t get very far in Riverhead without being reminded of tonight’s big basketball game.
From area homes to businesses, Riverhead has been decked out all week in the blue and white of Riverhead High School. (See photos below.)
Barbara and Martin Zaneski’s house on Further Lane in Riverhead was decorated by their daughter Kerri White, whose daughter Jocelyn is a junior on the Blue Waves girls varsity basketball team.
If the team wins tonight, Mrs. Zaneski said the family would be traveling to Troy tomorrow to the state championship game and cheer the girls on.
Meanwhile, the team has been preparing to deal with crowd noise as it g0es against undefeated Penfield (Section V) at 6:15 p.m. in a game that will be broadcast live via streaming audio and video on riverheadnewsreview.com.
In an effort to make the game as visible as possible for Riverhead fans who can’t make the trip, the News-Review feed will also be streamed on Riverhead Patch.
Penfiled comes into the game on a 23-game winning streak, just like Riverhead.
If the Blue Waves pull out a victory in the semifinals, it’ll be either Cicero-North Syracuse or Ossining waiting in the finals. Both teams feature some of the top players in the country. Breanna Stewart from Cicero won the New York Miss Basketball Award as the top player in the state. She’s headed to the University of Connecticut next fall and is considered one of the best players in the country.
Ossining is led by junior Saniya Chong, who has already surpassed 2,000 career points. Chong could end up teammates with Stewart at UConn.