By Gavin Menu
Sometimes playing early in the year against top-flight teams can better prepare a program for the regular season. And that is what Kevin Barron and the Pierson-Bridgehampton girls basketball team are hoping will occur after the Lady Whalers bounced up against some tough non-league competition during the last week.
After defeating McGann-Mercy at home on December 3 for the program’s first non-league victory in three years, the Lady Whalers lost two consecutive road games, falling 48-18 to Centereach on Thursday, December 6 and 60-29 to Bayport-Blue Point on Tuesday night.
Eleven Lady Whalers put their names in the scoring column against Mercy and the balanced attack was there again against Centereach, a Class AA school, but the score totals ranged only from one-to-four points per player with Bridget Canavan and Erica Selyukova leading the way with four points apiece.
Canavan, a junior who led the team in scoring last year, put up double figures against Bayport with 11 points but was the only player to do so. Selyukova, a freshman, continued her impressive rookie season by scoring seven points while senior Rachel Saidman had her best scoring performance of the year so far with seven points against Bayport.
“The girls definitely learned a lot,” Barron said of the tough stretch of games. “They got to play against some great competition and saw what it was like to play at that kind of level.”
Both games, were essentially out of reach early as the Lady Whalers fell behind quickly and trailed going into halftime by 17 points at Centereach and 18 points at Bayport . They clawed back in the second half against Bayport and cut the lead to 10 before a barrage of threes by the Lady Phantoms put the game out of reach.
“Even though the score didn’t show it, we took a lot of positives out of that game,” Barron said. “We just kept on fighting and it was a nice game. It’s still very early in the season and everyone’s trying to find their place on the team.”
The Lady Whalers will open their League VIII season tomorrow, December 14, at Ross School at 4 p.m. The Lady Cosmos were scheduled to play at Wyandanch last night, December 12, after having lost their season opener, 58-13, to West Islip on December 6.
“It’s definitely going to be nice to play more competitive games, to play in our league for a little while and to build that confidence up again,” Barron said.