Coach Adam Lievre played the role of soothsayer before last season when he told his Shoreham-Wading River High School girls basketball team that he saw six league wins and six league losses coming from them. That is exactly what the Wildcats did to scratch into the playoffs.
At the Riverhead High School girls basketball team’s first team meeting before the start of the season, Dave Spinella delivered the news. He told his players this was it, his final season as the Blue Waves’ coach.
The decision was a difficult one.
Riverhead’s steep, uphill climb in search of a spot in the high school girls basketball playoffs just became steeper.
As painful as that realization is for the Blue Waves, their heartbreaking loss to Half Hollow Hills East on Friday was especially stinging.
No Liz Dwyer. No problem.
Well, not exactly.
As formidable a high school girls basketball team as Mattituck is, the defending Long Island Class B champions still ran into difficulties Thursday night in the absence of Dwyer, their standout player.
One doesn’t need to watch Chastin Giles play for long to realize that she didn’t pick up a basketball for the first time last week.
Giles, a freshman point guard for the Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School girls basketball team, is a work in progress, and the Monarchs love the way she is progressing.
Talk about getting value out of a game.
The Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School girls basketball team not only picked up a win, but added a new defense to its repertoire in the process on Thursday night.
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.
Shoreham-Wading River has hardly been pushed during this high school girls basketball season, and Thursday was no different.
Shoreham, with all its athleticism and depth, had little trouble handling winless East Hampton, 55-13. The Wildcats ran off 32 consecutive points on the way to an insurmountable 34-2 lead as visiting East Hampton struggled to find the basket.