Wins by the Mattituck High School girls basketball team over Shoreham-Wading River had been rare, if not non-existent, in the 21st century. That is understandable, to a degree, since Class A Shoreham is a larger school in a higher class that plays in a higher league than Class B Mattituck. READ
It has been three years since Riverhead has played in the high school boys basketball playoffs. Naturally, the Blue Waves are anxious to book their place in this year’s postseason. They will have to wait — at least until their next game.
The Blue Waves, who need one more win to reach the playoffs, missed an opportunity against Huntington on Thursday. They opened the Suffolk County League III game at Riverhead High School by shooting out to a 20-8 lead before Huntington wrested away control of the contest. The Blue Waves (7-6, 6-3) hit a rough cold spell in the fourth quarter, making only 2 of 21 field-goal attempts and losing, 63-51. READ
The shifts and momentum changes in a high school girls basketball game can be sudden and unexpected. Without warning, a game can turn on the drop of a basket or a pass. It’s a fickle sport that way.
Shoreham-Wading River’s game against Miller Place on Thursday was a case in point. It was like a series of mini games within a game, a three-act play, if you will. READ
It was sudden, overpowering and, like a force of nature, devastating.
The Riverhead Blue Waves had started the high school boys basketball season so promisingly, with four wins from as many games. Then they hit some road bumps. Five of them.
Two high school boys basketball teams, Elwood/John Glenn and Shoreham-Wading River, walked into the gym with identical 1-3 league records for a proverbial swing game. As Shoreham’s coach, Kevin Culhane, noted beforehand, 2-3 sounds a lot better than 1-4.
Meaghan Macarthur played on Bishop McGann-Mercy’s last Suffolk County champion high school girls basketball team as a freshman in 2004. Now Macarthur hopes to play another role, as the team’s coach, in its first league championship since 1990. READ
It was time to shake off the rust.
Every game has a purpose. The purpose of this game, for both high school girls basketball teams, was to get back into the swing of things following a holiday break. That meant back to work for Riverhead, which made its final game of 2015 a winning one.