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
Shoreham-Wading River senior Courtney Clasen shoots a jumper in a game last month. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)
Minutes before Shoreham-Wading River took on Miller Place in its final regular-season home game on Friday night, Courtney Clasen noticed that a teammate had forgotten to take the bouquet of flowers to give to her mother on Senior Night.
So, Clasen bolted from the bench to give her teammate the bouquet.
That’s vintage Courtney Clasen. She’s a team player, on the basketball court and off. (more…)
TERRIERS 55, WILDCATS 25
The list of teams playing in the three-day St. Anthony’s Winter Classic featured some of the top programs in the region. Teams like St. John the Baptist, St. Mary’s and St. Dominic’s, teams that resemble college teams at quick glance.
In the 14 games scheduled in the gym at St. Anthony’s High School in Huntington Station, only one featured a Section XI team. That would be Shoreham-Wading River. (more…)