In her final game as a high school basketball player on Saturday, Mikayla Dwyer’s Shoreham-Wading River team was eliminated from the Suffolk County Class A playoffs.
But in many ways the senior guard went out a winner. She scored a career-high 26 points in a 77-62 quarterfinal loss at Kings Park. READ
The focus these days for the Shoreham-Wading River High School girls basketball team has been on Mikayla Dwyer’s right knee. That’s because the Wildcats know they need a healthy Dwyer on the court in order to get a leg up on the tough competition.
So, Shoreham must have been thankful it didn’t need Dwyer to play a full 32 minutes Thursday against a struggling Southampton team that had only seven players available for the Suffolk County League VI game. Some question remained as to whether Dwyer would play at all because of the ailing knee, but the senior guard was out there among the starting five, wearing a bandage wrap and a knee pad. READ
About 20 minutes before his high school girls basketball team took on the always-dangerous Liz Dwyer and Mattituck Thursday, Shoreham-Wading River coach Adam Lievre announced to his team that it was going to deploy a new defensive strategy: a 3-2 zone defense.
“We didn’t even practice it and we ran it really well,” Lievre said. READ
The start to a new high school girls basketball season isn’t always as easy as making a layup. Then again, sinking a layup isn’t always as easy as it should be.
Shoreham-Wading River can testify to that. The Wildcats missed a multitude of layups and had difficulty finishing Saturday in a 43-38 season-opening loss to visiting Pierson/Bridgehampton, a Suffolk County Class C finalist last season. READ
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.