As it rounds the final turn toward the regular-season finish line in a desperate push for the playoffs, the Shoreham-Wading River High School girls basketball team, having lost its last two games, knows what it has to do.
As in bounce back. READ
Once it took the court, this defense never rested.
Shoreham-Wading River’s clamp-down defense was continually in the face of Westhampton Beach shooters. If the Wildcats weren’t stealing the ball or forcing some other sort of turnover, they were wearing down the Hurricanes. The final result was somewhat unexpected: a 39-38 SWR upset in the Suffolk County League V girls basketball game in its own gym Friday.
“That was pretty big,” SWR senior guard Michele Corona said afterward. READ
One must take the good with the bad with the Next Gen Wildcats. That’s how it is with a young high school girls basketball team such as Shoreham-Wading River.
Both good and bad were on display Tuesday night. READ
Jackie Zilnicki steps in as the team’s third coach in three years. Graduation has taken away the familiar faces of Faith Johnson-DeSilvia, Kim Ligon and Kate McCarney.
With a fairly clean break from its past, Riverhead High School girls basketball opens a new chapter in its history.
“It is a new beginning,” said Zilnicki, who more than anyone else will write it. READ
In her final game as a high school basketball player on Saturday, Mikayla Dwyer’s Shoreham-Wading River team was eliminated from the Suffolk County Class A playoffs.
But in many ways the senior guard went out a winner. She scored a career-high 26 points in a 77-62 quarterfinal loss at Kings Park. READ
The focus these days for the Shoreham-Wading River High School girls basketball team has been on Mikayla Dwyer’s right knee. That’s because the Wildcats know they need a healthy Dwyer on the court in order to get a leg up on the tough competition.
So, Shoreham must have been thankful it didn’t need Dwyer to play a full 32 minutes Thursday against a struggling Southampton team that had only seven players available for the Suffolk County League VI game. Some question remained as to whether Dwyer would play at all because of the ailing knee, but the senior guard was out there among the starting five, wearing a bandage wrap and a knee pad. READ
About 20 minutes before his high school girls basketball team took on the always-dangerous Liz Dwyer and Mattituck Thursday, Shoreham-Wading River coach Adam Lievre announced to his team that it was going to deploy a new defensive strategy: a 3-2 zone defense.
“We didn’t even practice it and we ran it really well,” Lievre said. READ
The start to a new high school girls basketball season isn’t always as easy as making a layup. Then again, sinking a layup isn’t always as easy as it should be.
Shoreham-Wading River can testify to that. The Wildcats missed a multitude of layups and had difficulty finishing Saturday in a 43-38 season-opening loss to visiting Pierson/Bridgehampton, a Suffolk County Class C finalist last season. READ