Last Friday night the Pierson Varsity Girls Basketball team was on top of their game, winning their away match-up against Mercy 56-47. The Lady Whalers now hold a 5-1 record in their League VIII games.
Last time the Lady Whalers outscored the Lady Monarchs on Pierson’s home court, 52-22. This time Mercy was more competitive.
“They shot very well,” Coach Dennis Case said, “uncharacteristically well.”
From the very beginning, the Pierson Lady Whalers led the Lady Monarchs, and by the end of the first quarter the Lady Whalers had a six-point lead.
During the second half Mercy almost closed that gap, outscoring Pierson by three points, but the final score at half time still gave Pierson a lead by three points, finishing the half with a final score of 27-24.
The third quarter almost mirrored the first, with Mercy behind again, six points, 39-33. But in the final quarter the girls were able to make more headway by scoring the most points in the game during the quarter outscoring Mercy 17-14.
Senior Katie Osiecki had the team high of 17 points. Second high scorer was senior Gabrielle Arondel, with 12.
“Gab played really good, getting us a lot of rebounds,” Case said, “Overall this was one of her better games — she doesn’t always score the most points but she does a lot for us.”
Bridgehampton junior who plays for Pierson, Ala Pinckney came in third with her 11 points, three of which came from the only three-pointer shot for Pierson that game.
Tied at eight points were sophomores Samantha James and Sarah Barrett.
Pierson will play the Southold girls today, February 5, away on Southold’s turf. The last time Pierson played Southold, “it was the comeback game,” the coach said. Pinckney won that game for Pierson with three three-pointers in the final quarter. The coach added that last time they were able to keep one of their “quality girls” contained, but it would be hard to do that twice.
The Lady Whalers beat Shelter Island last week at home, which gave them enough wins to clinch a playoff spot for the Class C title.
After Pierson, Southold will face Smithtown Christian and then Shelter Island. Southold needs to win all three games to make it to the playoffs.Â
On Monday, the Lady Whalers will play against Stony Brook, who is undefeated, to end the regular season. The last match-up between the Lady Whalers and Stony Brook, played on January 11, gave Stony Brook the win 57-38.