By Gavin Menu
Three different players from the Pierson-Bridgehampton girls basketball team posted double-doubles during a balanced 48-43 win over visiting McGann-Mercy on Friday, which improved the Lady Whalers’ League VIII record to 2-0 (3-2 overall) on the young season.
A big game against defending Class C champion Stony Brook, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday but was postponed because of poor weather, was played last night after press time.
Senior captain Eilis Sheil erupted for her best game of the season against Mercy on Friday, scoring a team-high 14 points to go with 10 rebounds. In fact, it was the team’s cast of seniors that contributed the biggest numbers on Friday. May Evjen had 10 points and 13 rebounds, Kasey Gilbride had 10 points, seven rebounds and 11 assists and Bridget Canavan had 10 steals, seven rebounds and nine points, coming up just short of a triple double.
“I think it’s tough for other teams to stop,” head coach Kevin Barron said when asked about his team’s balanced attack. “There’s not too many teams out there where everybody’s scoring.”
Barron was most pleased with the production of Sheil, who has been quiet so far this season when it comes to filling the scorebook.
“She doesn’t come off the court, I have complete faith in her and she does a lot of things that don’t appear in the scorebook,” Baron said. “I hoping this game is going to give her a nice boost of confidence to take more and more shots each game.”
The Lady Whalers have been keeping fans on the edge of their seats all season, deciding games in the final seconds for much of the year. Against Mercy on Friday, the Lady Whalers held a 19-point lead going into the fourth quarter, but the Lady Monarchs fought back into the game with a 23-9 run that came up just short in the end.
“We’ve been talking a lot about closing teams out,” Barron said. “We had a nice lead but then fell apart because of foul trouble in the fourth quarter.”
Earlier in the week, Pierson lost a non-league game to Mattituck, 64-28. Evjen led the Lady Whalers with seven points and Gilbride scored six. Mattituck had three players score in double figures, led by eighth-grader Liz Dwyer, who had 18 points.
Next up for Pierson is a road game at Southold-Greenport tomorrow, December 20, at 6:15 p.m. The Lady Whalers will play another tough non-league game on Monday morning at 10 a.m. at home against Sayville.