The Mattituck High School girls basketball team claimed Suffolk County League VII supremacy Thursday night.
In a battle of teams with unbeaten league records, the Tuckers sprinted off to a 17-point first-quarter lead before holding off a late charge by Bishop McGann-Mercy for a 63-43 home victory.
Shoreham-Wading River accomplished something Tuesday that not too many high school girls basketball teams can boast about over the past few years. READ
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.
A well-played game was anticipated and delivered. Really, no surprise there. Perhaps what was most eye-opening, though, was how tight a contest it was between the Huntington and Riverhead high school girls basketball teams. They were separated by a mere 2 points — and a temporary loss of balance.
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
Tears at the conclusion of a playoff loss or a season are not unusual in sports. But after a summer league game?
Shoreham-Wading River’s Courtney Clasen battles for a rebound with Comsewogue’s Sam Collins. Sam Higgins stood nearby. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS A QUARTERFINAL | WARRIORS 48, WILDCATS 45
Some players are lifted onto the shoulders of their teammates when they make their final exit. In Courtney Clasen’s case, she was rolled out of the Shoreham-Wading River High School gym on a chair supported by wheels.
It’s safe to say that Clasen’s final minutes as a Shoreham basketball player did not go as she might have envisioned. After making a layup and rolling her right ankle on the landing, Clasen spent the last 2 minutes 13 seconds of her high school career sitting on the bench, with her right leg spread out across a chair and an ice pack on her ailing ankle. The senior forward watched her teammates make a valiant comeback attempt in her absence, only to fall short, 48-45, to fifth-seeded Comsewogue in a Suffolk County Class A Tournament quarterfinal on Wednesday night.