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Shoreham-Wading River junior Courtney Clasen tallied a triple double in the Wildcats’ playoff win over Sayville Friday night. (Bill Landon photo)

CLASS A FIRST ROUND  |  WILDCATS 38, GOLDEN FLASHES 34

Courtney Clasen was admittedly frustrated through most of the first three quarters Friday night. The Shoreham-Wading River junior couldn’t buy a bucket, her team couldn’t hit a free throw and the turnovers continued to pile up.

Sayville opened its largest led of the game at 29-19 with 1:41 left in the third quarter of a Class A first round playoff game, which was slowly slipping away from the fourth-seeded Wildcats. (more…)

12/27/13 4:17pm
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DANIEL DE MATO PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River's Courtney Clasen was unable to block this shot by Mattituck's Liz Dwyer in the first quarter, but Clasen finished with the game with 9 blocks.

DANIEL DE MATO PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River’s Courtney Clasen was unable to block this shot by Mattituck’s Liz Dwyer in the first quarter, but Clasen finished with the game with 9 blocks.

WILDCATS 50, TUCKERS 45

The Shoreham-Wading River High School girls basketball team suffered a blow recently when one of its best players, senior forward Taylor Whiffen, transferred; she now plays for Sachem East.

The Wildcats undoubtedly felt the loss, but they can be thankful they still have Courtney Clasen. A powerful reminder of Clasen’s value was given Friday when the forward seemed to be everywhere at once, making big plays down the stretch to hold off Mattituck in a non-league game in Shoreham.

What did Clasen do in her team’s 50-45 victory?

Just about everything.

The 5-foot-9 junior scored 21 points, just 1 shy of her career-high, shooting 8 of 16 from the field and 5 of 7 from the free-throw line. She also was a force under the boards, coming down with 19 rebounds in addition to blocking 9 shots. And, for the record, her statistical line also included 4 steals and 2 assists.

Perhaps even more impressive afterward was the postgame reaction of her coach, Adam Lievre, when asked about Clasen’s performance. “Typical” was the word he used.

A typical showing for an atypical player.

Katie Hoeg, who guarded Clasen for most of the game, called her the best all-around player she ever played against.

Clasen’s contributions were the undoubted difference. The Wildcats (4-3) twice built leads as large as 10 points, only to see Mattituck (5-4) close the gap after 5 straight points by Shannon Dwyer and back-to-back baskets by Tiana Baker (the first a 3-pointer). They were part of a 14-2 run that gave the Tuckers a 41-39 edge in the fourth quarter. But moments later, Dwyer picked up her fourth personal foul. She then was charged with a blocking foul to foul out with 3 minutes 5 seconds left in the game.

That was a gut punch for the Tuckers, who held a 1-point lead at the time of Dwyer’s exit to the bench. Meanwhile, Clasen, athletic and fast, continued to do her thing as the contest saw six lead changes in the final 3:57.

Mattituck’s last lead came when Liz Dwyer, Shannon’s younger sister, hit a foul-line jumper for a 45-44 score with less than two minutes to go. Those were Mattituck’s last points.

A free throw by Shoreham’s Jessica McCormack evened the score at 45-45.

Perhaps fittingly, Clasen’s hustle brought about the go-ahead point for her team. After McCormack missed her second free throw, Mattituck’s Courtney Murphy came down with the rebound, but Clasen stole the ball away from her and drew a foul. Clasen made one of the foul shots with 1:19 to go, putting her side ahead for good. Later, she converted a layup off a slicing drive through the middle of the lane and hit a pair of free throws after Baker fouled out with 8.3 seconds left.

Shoreham’s next leading scorer after Clasen was Shannon Rosati with 8 points.

Shannon Dwyer, who shot 5 of 15 from the field and sank 6 of 8 foul shots, finished with 16 points. Liz Dwyer produced 10 points. Hoeg collected 10 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals to go with 6 points.

It was the fourth game the Wildcats played since they lost Whiffen, but it was also the first game back for Kerri Clark, the senior guard who suffered a hamstring injury in the season opener. Clark supplied 7 points coming off the bench.

Mattituck, which had won three of its previous four games, is no stranger to injury, either. The Tuckers are without Colby Prokop for the rest of the season. The junior guard suffered tears to her anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments, said Mattituck coach Steve Van Dood.

bliepa@timesreview.com

09/28/13 11:03pm
09/28/2013 11:03 PM

BILL LANDON PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River junior Courtney Clasen scored three goals Saturday night in the Wildcats’ 5-0 win over East Hampton.

WILDCATS 5, BONACKERS 0

Courtney Clasen is listed on the Shoreham-Wading River girls soccer roster as a midfielder and goalkeeper, but don’t look for her to tend goal any time soon.

Not after Saturday night’s performance in which she made life miserable for East Hampton keeper Francesca Schelfhat and her teammates.

Clasen struck for a hat trick in the Wildcats’ 5-0 triumph in the League VI match, heading home two goals. Just as importantly, she pulled the attacking strings of the Wildcats (3-2 League VI, 4-2) in Shoreham.

The junior All-County midfielder had many spectators and coaches uttering superlatives about her magnificent performance.

A sampling:

“She’s an unbelievable player,” said Shoreham boys coach Andrew Moschetti, whose team played in the second game of a rare soccer doubleheader on the school’s football field on Senior Pride Weekend. “Every coach would love to have a player like her on the team. Coach [Adrian] Gilmore and the girls are lucky to have her.”

Gilmore added: ”She’s my key player. Everything comes from the middle from her goes to the outside and back through the middle. At times she’s taking on two, three defenders and comes out with the ball. She’s just a tremendous athlete. It’s so nice to watch her play.”

But perhaps not so nice if you are the opposing coach, although East Hampton coach Mike Vitulli, whose team fell to 0-6 in league, praised Clasen.

“They are very dangerous in the air,” he said. “Any free kick is a problem. Clasen, she’s just unbelievable in the air. She just comes out of nowhere.”

About the only person who wasn’t impressed was Clasen herself.

“It was all right,” she said. “My passes were a little off.”

Maybe, maybe not.

But one thing was quite certain — she was spot on when shooting at the goal, whether it was with her feet or head.

By the time Clasen had scored the Wildcats already had a 2-0 lead. Emily Blunnie put in an Emily Sopko feed from 25 yards with 27:39 remaining in the first half before defender Shannon Lamprecht knocked the ball into her own net with 25:14 left. She increased the lead to 3-0 off a left-wing cross from Alex Kunhle with 8:46 remaining in the half.

Clasen was devastating on air balls. She is 5-7, but she jumps like a player who is several inches taller.

“We had a real hard covering her every which way,” Vitulli said. “She gets up over the ball and she’s real weapon for them.”

Clasen said that she likes to go sky high. “It’s one of my favorite things to do,” she said. “I just get up in the air and use my height and knock it in.”

We’ll never know how Clasen the goalkeeper would fare against Clasen the midfielder. Shoreham goalkeeper Kelly Wynkoop gave Gilmore and the rest of the Wildcats a scare when a Bonacker player kicked her in the knee with 35:13 remaining in the match. Wynkoop was OK, but had she not been able to play, Clasen would have had to come on.

“I was very concerned, with Kelly being such a great force in the back to lose her,” Gilmore said. “It’s detrimental to the team. And to take Courtney off the field and have to put her in goal, you’re taking two of your key players, best players on the team and shaking it up. And that’s never what you want to do in a game.”

A little more than two minutes later, Calsen scored again, heading in a 35-yard free kick from Blunnie with 33:54 left. She made it a natural hat trick, scoring from point-blank range with 31:21 remaining. Clasen never got an opportunity for another goal because Gilmore sat her down for the remainder of the contest.

Gilmore hoped that she never will have an opportunity to use Clasen in the nets, even if she has stood out in the position for her club team, Sound Beach Stingrays United.

“No, I would never put her in goal,” Gilmore said.  “But the best thing about her if you saw her in goal, she’s equally as good as good in the goal. If she was a different kid and on a different team, she would be the goalie. She is a tremendous goalie.”

And for one night, a hat trick hero.

08/05/13 10:26pm
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ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River's Courtney Clasen driving to the basket during her team's summer league semifinal win over Sayville on Monday evening.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River’s Courtney Clasen driving to the basket during her team’s summer league semifinal win over Sayville on Monday evening.

Is she a scorer?

Most definitely.

Is she a rebounder?

Absolutely.

Is she a playmaker?

No question about it.

Is she an intimidating defensive presence?

She sure is.

The truth is, Courtney Clasen is all of the above. A player who is not easily defined by a single skill, Clasen brings a fine all-around game to the Shoreham-Wading River girls basketball team. So, when one asks the team’s new coach, Adam Lievre, what Clasen’s official position is, the questioner is bound to encounter a stumped look from the coach. And that isn’t just because Lievre is planning to run a wide open offense during the coming school season, and positions aren’t expected to matter much. Clasen has the ability to play any position on the court. She can bring the ball down the floor as well as play in the post. It’s really an unusual versatility that one doesn’t see often.

Putting it in succinct terms, Lievre said, “She does everything.”

ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Jessica McCormick of Shoreham-Wading River battling for a loose ball under the basket.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Jessica McCormick of Shoreham-Wading River battling for a loose ball under the basket.

Now Lievre’s job is to convince the modest Clasen to believe in herself more.

“My goal for the summer and the school year is to get her to realize that she’s even better than she thinks she is,” he said after a recent game. “There are a couple of times — even [Clasen’s teammate] Taylor [Whiffen] said it — she puts on a second gear that someone her size just can’t stay up with. There were a couple of times she got a rebound and just took off. She’s quicker than most people and she jumps higher than everybody.”

Clasen, who will be entering her third varsity season as a junior, gave a good demonstration of what she has to offer as a basketball player on Monday evening in her team’s 32-21 defeat of Sayville in a Town of Brookhaven Summer League small schools semifinal. She totaled 8 points, 11 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists and 2 blocks in the game at Patchogue-Medford High School.

Not bad at all.

When asked about how she developed her all-around game, Clasen indicated she doesn’t give much thought to it. “I just go out and play,” she said.

“She’s a great player,” said Whiffen, who has also spent time this summer playing AAU ball for the Long Island Renegades. “She’s everywhere on the court. She understands the game really well.”

With the graduation of Meghan King, the team’s leadership mantle has been passed on to Clasen, Shannon Rosati and Whiffen.

The Wildcats didn’t have Rosati for the semifinal, but they did have Whiffen, who provided 8 points, 4 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 steals.

Lievre said he values Clasen most for her rebounding, but Whiffen can also crash the boards. “She’s really one of the first girls that we’ve had that can really play with her back to the basket and make a post move,” the coach said.

With Monday’s win, Shoreham qualified for the small schools final on Wednesday night against either Eastport/South Manor or Hampton Bays at St. Joseph’s College.

Monday’s result aside, the Wildcats are hoping for a cleaner performance. The semifinal was a sloppy affair, with both teams combining for 60 turnovers.

“It definitely wasn’t our prettiest game,” said Lievre.

Neither side shot well, either, but Shoreham atoned for its offensive sins by dominating on the boards, 31-15.

Erin MacDevitt led Sayville with 11 points.

Lievre didn’t sound too concerned with the offense, though. “Even doing JV for 10 years, I always told [the players that] summer league is defense. We’ll worry about offense during the school year.”

And reaching a small schools final is a nice plus.

Said Lievre, “Winning isn’t everything, but it’s nice to win, and it’s something to build on.”

bliepa@timesreview.com

07/31/13 1:49am
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ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River's Kerri Clark was involved in the give-and-go that led to Emily Sopko's goal.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River’s Kerri Clark was involved in the give-and-go that led to Emily Sopko’s goal.

The Shoreham-Wading River High School girls soccer coach, Adrian Gilmore, enjoyed a rare luxury in her team’s game against Miller Place  on Tuesday night. She was able to deploy a full starting 11 in the Town of Brookhaven Summer League playoff match at Diamond in the Pines in Coram.

Despite the opposition having three substitutes and the Wildcats none, Shoreham managed to secure a 1-0 victory, handing Miller Place (8-1-1) its first defeat of the summer and move into the quarterfinals.

For their previous game, a 2-0 victory over Port Jefferson, the Wildcats used only eight players.

“We always have no subs or play down a player,” midfielder Courtney Clasen said. “We play through it.”

The Wildcats (5-5) will play Sayville (9-1) at The Wedge in Mount Sinai on Thursday evening. Sayville, which recorded a 1-0 playoff win over Port Jefferson on Tuesday, defeated Shoreham during the regular season, 1-0.

“It’s going to be a tough game,” said Emily Sopko, who scored the lone goal in the win over Miller Place.

Gilmore agreed, saying Sayville was “a tough competitor. I didn’t have my goalie and we lost on a penalty kick. We’ll see what Thursday brings. I’m excited.”

“Again, I don’t remember having that many subs standing next to us,” Gilmore said, laughing.

ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Theresa Bender of Shoreham-Wading River making a pass during her team's 1-0 playoff win over Miller Place.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Theresa Bender of Shoreham-Wading River making a pass during her team’s 1-0 playoff win over Miller Place.

That has been a theme this summer for the Wildcats. Since the Brookhaven League does not demand mandatory attendance and players go on vacation and have summer jobs and other commitments, it’s not unusual for teams to field shorthanded teams.

Shoreham had to forfeit one game at Sachem because only six girls showed up.

“We had to drive all the way to Sachem,” goalkeeper Kelly Wynkoop said. “It was pouring rain. There was only six of us huddled under an umbrella. It’s always we don’t have enough girls. We have the talent, it’s just people have other things going on and they can’t show up.”

When Tuesday’s game kicked off, Shoreham had all of its players in the starting lineup. Miller Place had three players on the bench and its coach substituted freely.

Because there were no substitutes available, every Shoreham player knew she would have to go the full 60 minutes in the game of two 30-minute halves. In fact, the Wildcats were forced to go down to 10 players early in the second half when Taylor Chaimowitz was taken out for six minutes after sustaining an ankle injury.

“I just play until I know it’s over,” said Clasen, a three-sport star who also competes in basketball and track. “I don’t really think about it. I just play. If I’m dying, I just think, ‘Well if we win this we go on.’ ”

Added Sopko: “We just think about winning the game and moving forward in the season. We think about the season coming up. We just hope that we’re this good.”

Shoreham was missing three starters who were on vacation — sweeper Kate Birkmire, striker Megan Kelly, who has been tied as the league’s leading goal scorer, and incoming freshman Alexandra Kuhnie.

But the Wildcats came through. Wynkoop grabbed everything that was shot or sent her way. Clasen set the pace in the midfield and Sopko tallied midway through the opening half.

“They do a great job of possessing the ball, playing to feet and I think a difference tonight, just playing smart,” Gilmore said.

Sopko broke the deadlock with 14 minutes 9 seconds remaining in the first half as she scored inside the penalty area on a give-and-go with Kerri Clark.

Sopko admitted she did not remember much about her goal. “When I shoot and score, I don’t really think about it,” she said. “I just worry about getting the ball into the back of the net.”

Last season the Wildcats struggled at times, dropping several games by a goal. But given a promising talent pool and the encouraging summer results, Gilmore was optimistic for the fall as she walked off the artificial turf field on a beautiful summer night.

“It’s a good indicator of how they look for the fall and our JV team is in first place for summer league also, so that just speaks for the talent that’s coming up throughout the program,” she said.

04/03/13 12:00pm
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BILL LANDON FILE PHOTO  |  Shoreham-Wading River sophomore Courtney Clasen won three events against Hampton Bays Tuesday.

BILL LANDON FILE PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River sophomore Courtney Clasen won three events against Hampton Bays Tuesday.

Courtney Clasen did her best to convince Shoreham-Wading River coach Paul Koretzki last spring of her jumping ability. But with Clasen coming off a hip injury, Koretzki was reluctant to push her too hard.

“She said I can really jump,” Koretzki recalled.

The first time Clasen got a chance to long jump at a meet, Koretzki was convinced.

When the Wildcats opened the dual meet season Tuesday against Hampton Bays, Clasen got her first opportunity to triple jump. She didn’t disappoint, taking first place with a top mark of 33 feet 4 1/2 inches.

“That’s what we’re looking for,” Koretzki said. “We didn’t have a triple jumper in the winter.”

Clasen, along with Cari Gostic, has provided a big boost to the Wildcats’ depth coming off the winter season, where both girls played basketball. The duo helped lead the Wildcats (1-0) to a 114-35 victory over the Baymen (0-2) Tuesday in a League VI dual meet at Shoreham-Wading River High School.

It was a superb start to the season, not just because of the win, but by the individual performances from many of the girls, Koretzki said.

“I was very pleased with the team,” he said. “There were great numbers in the cold.”

It may not have been ideal conditions on a chilly afternoon, but the Wildcats already looked to be in midseason form.

Clasen was a big part of it, winning the long jump (14-07) and 100-meter dash (13.2 seconds). Gostic was third in the long jump at 13-03 and second in the high jump at 4-07.

The Wildcats swept the 400 and 200 behind the trio of Laura Lee, Emily Blunnie and Makayla Meeker.

The Wildcats were also strong in the distance events, sweeping the 3,000 and taking second and third in the 1,500.

Kaitlyn Ohrtman won the 3,000 in 11:26 and was second in the 1,500 in 5:14.

Maddy Kelly (12:48) and Laura Shanklin (13.31) finished second and third in the 3,000.

Amanda Welischar had a big day with a second-place finish in the 100 (13.8). She also cleared 8-0 in the pole vault along with Megan Safranek as they took first and second. Welischar also ran 17.0 in the 100 hurdles.

In the discus Megan Serdock had the top distance (82). A newcomer to the team making her first varsity appearance, Katie Dunn threw 63-02 for second.

“She had never thrown before except practice,” Koretzki said.

Kylie Trettner won the race walk in 8:37.5. Rose Andrews was second in the 800 in 2:40.3.

In the 400 hurdles Ashlyn Vicari took first place in 1:18.6.

The Wildcats capped the meet off by sweeping all three relays.

On Saturday a handful of Wildcats competed at the Lindenhurst Relays. Shanklin cleared a personal best 8-06 in the pole vault and Gabriella Massa cleared 6-06, her personal best. Their combined height of 15-0 was third in the two-person relay.

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02/07/13 8:09pm
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ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River's Taylor Whiffen took an elbow to the head from Elwood/John Glenn's Jillian Del Grasso while shooting.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River’s Taylor Whiffen took an elbow to the head from Elwood/John Glenn’s Jillian Del Grasso while shooting.

WILDCATS 59, KNIGHTS 48 (2 OT)

Meghan King said she had never been at the free-throw line before, in a situation such as the one she faced Thursday, with not only a game on the line, but a league championship as well.

But there she was, having been fouled with her Shoreham-Wading River girls basketball team trailing Elwood/John Glenn by 2 points with 12.3 seconds to go in the fourth quarter. Talk about pressure.

King said she was telling herself at the time to approach it like she was at practice, focusing on the shots, not the scoreboard, and forgetting about the surroundings, the crowd and everything else.

And yet, it was still there. In the back of her mind, she said, an inner voice was reminding her of the significance of the free throws. That inner voice, King said, reminded her, “‘You know, you got to make these so we will win.”

After King hit the first free throw, Elwood/John Glenn coach Andrew Athanas called timeout, perhaps hoping to ice the senior.

No such luck.

King converted the second one as well as four more in overtime. In one of the most thrilling games in the team’s recent history, Shoreham-Wading River toppled visiting Elwood/John Glenn, 59-48, in double overtime to finish the regular season in a tie for first place in Suffolk County League VI with the Knights. It is the Wildcats’ first league title since 2002.

“It was well worth the wait,” said Shoreham-Wading River coach Dennis Haughney.

Elwood/John Glenn, the defending Long Island Class A champion, is a league champion for the 10th time in 12 years.

ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Shannon Rosati of Shoreham-Wading River attempting an off-balance shot while Elwood/John Glenn's Mackenzie Sivilli tries to stop her.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Shannon Rosati of Shoreham-Wading River attempting an off-balance shot while Elwood/John Glenn’s Mackenzie Sivilli tries to stop her.

The drama of Thursday’s game, which was pushed forward a day from the original schedule because of an expected snowstorm, left Haughney searching for words. “That was the most exciting game I’ve ever been involved with,” he said. “Unbelievable. I’m speechless, to be honest with you.”

A big difference between the two teams, which pushed each other to the limit, was King’s clutch free throws. It was nothing fancy, nothing spectacular, just basic free-throw shooting that paved the way for the Wildcats’ big win.

King was a driving force for the Wildcats, collecting 19 points and 18 rebounds, both game-high figures. But it was her free-throw shooting that proved critical. King, who shot 9 for 12 from the foul line, sank her last six attempts.

Asked about her skill as a foul shooter, King said: “I’ve had my ups and downs, but the past couple of weeks I’ve been staying after practice, just shooting, shooting and shooting it. I didn’t want to have the game in my hands and then lose it.”

Haughney said, statistically speaking, he was not sure if King is the team’s best foul shooter, but “she’s a streaky kid, and when she gets going, she’s the best.”

Shoreham-Wading River (14-4, 11-1) had a chance to win the contest in regulation time. With 2.1 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Courtney Clasen inbounded the ball to Sabrina Santiago, who was just across the mid-court line. Santiago dribbled between two defenders and pushed an air ball that fell well short of its target. The score remained 37-37.

The Wildcats had waited 11 years for a league championship, so what was another eight minutes? It was time for overtime.

King netted a pair of free throws with 11.5 seconds remaining in the first overtime period to put Shoreham-Wading River ahead, 44-42. Moments later, though, Elwood/John Glenn’s Monika Sivilli and Mackenzie Sivilli made passes to set up Lexie Koenke’s 15-foot jump shot, evening the score at 44-44. After a Shoreham-Wading River traveling violation with one second left in the first overtime, Mackenzie Sivilli received an inbounds pass from Emma Klis and hoisted a desperate attempt off the back rim at the buzzer.

On to the second overtime.

Shoreham-Wading River seized momentum and scored the first 8 points of the second four-minute overtime period to build a 52-44 lead. King, Taylor Whiffen and Keri Clark contributed points during that spurt.

The game was something of a battle of attrition, too, with three players fouling out. Shoreham-Wading River’s Shannon Rosati picked up all five of her personal fouls in the second half. Then, in the second overtime session, Klis and Alexis Groark fouled out for Elwood/John Glenn (16-2, 11-1), which shot 1 for 7 from the field in the second overtime.

ESPN would have classified the game as an “Instant Classic.”

When the end came, a tired Clasen was relieved. “I was like, ‘Thank God,’ ” she said. “After all those overtimes, I was wondering when it was going to end.”

Shoreham-Wading River, which won for the sixth straight time since an 18-point loss to Elwood/John Glenn on Jan. 15, received a double-double from Clasen, who had 13 points, 12 rebounds, 6 steals, 5 assists and 1 block. Rosati scored 10 points.

Elwood/John Glenn, which saw its winning streak snapped at nine games, received 18 points from Monika Sivilli. Mackenzie Sivilli supplied 12 points.

After the game, the Knights were clearly upset at having failed to win the league title outright and having to share the crown.

“They obviously wanted it very badly,” Athanas said of his players. “It meant a lot to us.”

For King, the lesson of the day was a simple one that youngsters might want to listen to: Practice your foul shots.

“They come in handy,” she said.

bliepa@timesreview.com

12/27/12 3:50pm
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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River’s Meghan King, battling Mattituck’s Katie Hoeg and Molly Kowalski (No. 22) for possession.

WILDCATS 53, TUCKERS 20

The question had to be asked: What doesn’t Courtney Clasen do on the basketball court?

Clasen, a sophomore guard for the Shoreham-Wading River girls basketball team, has a remarkably balanced game. She can score. She can rebound. She can pass. She can dribble.

On Thursday, Clasen did all of the above and more as the Wildcats rolled over Mattituck, 53-20, in a non-league game at Mattituck High School.

By the time Clasen walked off the court and headed to the bench with 6 minutes 43 seconds left to play in the rout, she had accumulated quite an impressive statistical line: 12 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 1 blocked shot.

Not bad for a day’s work.

“That’s pretty typical,” Shoreham-Wading River coach Dennis Haughney said. “She’s a really good athlete. She can do a little bit of everything.”

Not that numbers mean a whole lot to Clasen, a team-oriented player in her second varsity season. She said she had learned “not to worry about the stats, just have fun.”

It surely looked like Clasen and her teammates were having fun as Shoreham-Wading River coasted to its fifth win in eight games. The Wildcats are already halfway to clinching a seventh straight playoff berth with a 3-0 record in Suffolk County League VI.

“It’s what we always aim for at the end of the year — playoffs,” said Clausen.

Shoreham-Wading River, a Class A team that had played in county semifinals the last four years, looked revved up for its final game of the calendar year. Meghan King scored 9 of her team-leading 13 points during a 21-0 run that gave Shoreham-Wading River a crippling 48-14 lead about midway through the fourth quarter. The Wildcats shot 8 for 14 from the field during that spurt.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Courtney Clasen’s all-around play featured 13 rebounds.

“Nothing fell for us,” Mattituck forward Nicole Murphy said. “It didn’t feel real. The game didn’t feel real at all.”

The reality was that Shoreham-Wading River opened the contest with a 10-0 lead. The Wildcats held Mattituck (5-4, 2-1 League VII) to a season-low scoring output and 22.9-percent (8 of 35) shooting from the field. Shoreham-Wading River also enjoyed a 44-30 rebounding advantage. On the offensive boards, the Wildcats held a 21-9 superiority.

Shannon Rosati added 9 points to Shoreham-Wading River’s cause.

“You might want to burn the film on this one,” Mattituck coach Steve Van Dood said. “That’s a good way to look at it, but there were so many glaring errors that it’s kind of hard to overlook.”

Shoreham-Wading River’s defense already looks playoff ready. The Wildcats stole the ball 16 times and forced Mattituck into committing 24 turnovers. In contrast, Shoreham-Wading River turned the ball over nine times.

“I think we played sharp,” Haughney said. “You can tell by the effort defensively that we came to play.”

The final non-league game of the season for Mattituck was one the Tuckers would rather forget.

“Honestly,” Murphy said, “I sat on the bench, like, ‘What is happening?’ I sat there with my mouth open and was in disbelief at half the stuff that happened.”

Only four Tuckers made it into the scoring column, led by Shannon Dwyer with 6 points. It was a stunner for a team that had been averaging 56 points per game, but Mattituck wasn’t driving to the basket, and it certainly wasn’t getting bounces to go its way.

“Shots were not dropping,” Van Dood said. “Everything, missed layups, missed chip shots clanging in and out. That’s the story of the game sometimes, unfortunately. Some nights you get all the bounces and all the rolls, and other nights you just don’t get anything.”

It took Mattituck 4:45 to finally get on the scoreboard thanks to an Alex Berkoski layup. The Tuckers didn’t hit double figures until Berkoski knocked down a 3-pointer in the final seconds of the second quarter.

“It was a combination of us not shooting, us not boxing out, and making some bad passes,” Van Dood said. “That’s going to kill you every time.”

Murphy said the game was a setback and a wakeup call for Mattituck.

“We will be playing better,” she promised. “We’re going to be working harder, a lot harder, so nobody should have to come and see a game like that again.”

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