As Caryn Nabrizny recalls, when Melina Santacroce and her were freshmen, they told themselves they were going to be the “dynamic duo” throughout high school. Now, three years later, it’s no small thanks to these two seniors that the Bishop McGann-Mercy girls basketball team has become the celebrities of the school. READ
It’s up for debate whether Mattituck and Bishop McGann-Mercy share a girls basketball rivalry. Is it a full-fledged rivalry or merely case of familiarity breeding contempt?
Asked how she would you describe the playing relationship between the two teams, Mattituck’s Liz Dwyer answered: “Nasty. We both just really want to win so we go out there and give it our all and sometimes it gets a little messy.” READ
This defense didn’t rest — not until Bishop McGann-Mercy became a county champion.
Mercy’s girls basketball team won its first Suffolk County championship since 2004 Monday, and the Monarchs can thank their defense and a tremendous performance from Melina Santacroce for it. READ
Bishop McGann-Mercy has two Santacroces on its girls basketball team that opposing teams have to worry about: Melina and her younger sister, Gianna.
On Wednesday night it was Melina who caused the bulk of the damage against Southold/Greenport. The senior forward struck for a career-high 31 points as the Monarchs sunk Southold, 49-26, in a Suffolk County League VII game at Greenport High School. READ
Chelsea Marlborough tried and tried again. The Mattituck High School sweeper launched a variety of shots from a variety of angles on the field and each time came away empty-handed. After a while, the senior could only look toward her team bench following a miss and smile.