Girls Basketball: Fotopoulos scores 1,000th point; Mercy ousted in semis


Sophomore guard Alexis Fotopoulos scored all of her 21 points in the first half, including her 1,000 career point, to pace Hampton Bays to a 69-36 victory over visiting Bishop McGann-Mercy in a Suffolk County Class B girls basketball semifinal on Friday night.

The top-seeded Baymen (17-2) grabbed a 17-6 first-quarter lead and never looked back as the No. 4 Monarchs finished the season with an 11-7 record.

Freshman guard Mia Behrens led Mercy with 11 points. Senior guard Kayla Schroeher closed out her high school career by adding 7 points. Mary Reiter, a freshman guard, also had 7 points.

Alex Maitland-Ward contributed 13 points and 16 rebounds for the Baymen.

Hampton Bays will meet No. 3 seed Mattituck, a 49-44 winner over No. 2 Center Moriches in the other semifinal Friday, in the county championship game at Northport High School on Tuesday.

The Baymen won both League VII encounters against the Tuckers, but coach Pat McGunnigle wasn’t taking anything for granted.

“Both games were about 12-point games,” he said. “It was competitive. They’re very good. They’ve got a good basketball team. They’re young and they’re good.”

And so are the Baymen.

“If we play the way we played tonight, remain the team we were tonight,” McGunnigle said, “I think we can go all the way, take the whole thing.”