No matter how you slice it, there’s no denying that the Shoreham-Wading River High School girls basketball team underwent a massive player drain since last season. The Wildcats graduated eight players, including four starters and five of their top six players.
Shoreham-Wading River’s postseason adventure has come to an end, and it took a high school girls basketball team similar in style to the Wildcats to end it.
Harborfields plays a relentless, pressure defense.
Basketball can be a funny game. The Shoreham-Wading River High School girls team could afford to laugh about that notion Saturday.
Points were hard to come by in the first half of the Suffolk County Class A quarterfinal between Comsewogue and Shoreham. Neither side led by more than three points in the opening 16 minutes, which ended with Comsewogue holding a 17-16 edge.
Then third-seeded Shoreham won by 20 points.
Sophie Triandafils and her sister Erin are seemingly inseparable. The two Shoreham-Wading River High School athletes play three sports together for the Wildcats: soccer, basketball and lacrosse.
And yet, they maintain their own playing styles and their own individuality.
One will generally find two types of players in high school girls basketball: athletes who play basketball and genuine basketball players.
Mackenzie Zajac can clearly be categorized among the latter.
Only five basketball players can play on the court at a time for a team. The Shoreham-Wading River High School girls team has many more capable players than that. The Wildcats are deep.
That means Shoreham’s starting lineup is up in the air like a jump ball.
To call the challenge that awaited Shoreham-Wading River Saturday a tall task would be putting it mildly. READ
There weren’t many introductions needed on the first day of practice in Riverhead. Eight returning players, including the entire starting lineup, made for a quick start. READ