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.
Riverhead’s Kim Ligon flies toward the basket as King Park’s Gianna Cancemi stands her ground. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS AA TOURNAMENT | KINGSMEN 69, BLUE WAVES 51
Sam Dunn was getting bumped, banged around and knocked to the floor. The Riverhead High School junior flashed a grin when she wasn’t giving an incredulous look to her bench after not being granted the benefit of a foul call.
It was a playoff game, after all, and Dunn was determined to enjoy the moment, even if she couldn’t take much joy in the final result.
The Blue Waves were outscored, 26-11, in a third quarter that swung Tuesday evening’s Suffolk County Class AA girls basketball first-round game decisively in host Kings Park’s favor. Sam Schultz scored 8 of her 16 points in that quarter and Emily Morello’s 3-point shot capped a 12-0 spurt to end the period with the Kingsmen ahead by 20 points. They led by as many as 23 points in the fourth quarter before settling for a 69-51 final score in their favor. (more…)
Mia Behrens drives to the basket Friday against Port Jefferson. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
The Bishop McGann-Mercy girls basketball team fell to Port Jefferson Friday night in the first round of the Class B playoffs. (more…)
Riverhead guard Faith Johnson-DeSilvia drives to the basket against Hills West earlier this season. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)
After finishing in a tie for second place in League III, the Riverhead girls basketball team was seeded 11th in the Class AA playoff bracket. The Blue Waves will open the playoffs Feb. 17 at No. 6 Kings Park. The game is set for 5 p.m. (more…)
Southold sophomore Madison Tabor goes up for a shot as Mercy’s Nicole Gravagna guards. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
CLIPPERS 39, MONARCHS 35
The full length of the court separated the McGann-Mercy girls basketball team from basket as they prepared to inbound for one final possession.
“Can you say Christian Laettner?” yelled out Southold/Greenport coach Howie Geismer. (more…)