The Pierson girl’s varsity basketball team not only lost both games this week, but they lost a starting player too.
Senior starter Katie Osiecki twisted her ankle during Thursday’s game and was unable to play during a home game on Monday.
The Lady Whalers first lost to Southold by 20 points last Thursday, finishing the game 31-51. And on Monday, the Lady Bears of Stony Brook, who are undefeated in the league, stomped out the Lady Whalers, 69-22.
Pierson played on Thursday on the Clipper’s home court, trailing six points by the end of the first quarter. But as they approached the half, the Lady WhalersÂ nearly caught up, just down by two at half time, 20-22.
Unfortunately, starting senior Katie Osiecki, twisted her ankle during the second quarter, which slightly hurt the team’s chances of winning the game.
It is uncertain if Osiecki will be able to return this season.
Going into the third quarter, Pierson had gained some momentum. This quarter showed the most effort from both sides — where both teams scored their game-high in points. But when the clock ran out, the Lady Whaler’s 12 points were no match to Southold’s 17.
It seemed that by the fourth quarter, the Lady Whalers gave up, only scoring a single point to Southold’s 12.
All of the Pierson players scored points in the single digits during the game, with a team high of nine points that went to sophomore Samantha James, followed by senior Gabrielle Arondel with eight. Osiecki and sophomore Sarah Barrett scored one three-pointer each —Â the only three-pointers scored that game. Osiecki had a total of seven points while Barrett followed with five.
Monday night Pierson played the toughest team in League VIII, without Osiecki. The Lady Whalers lost to undefeated Stony Brook by 47 points.
Although the Lady Whalers are already in the playoffs, losing to the Lady Bears, gives them a 5-3 record in their league games.
Stony Brook took ownership of the Pierson court from the very beginning of the game, holding the Lady Whalers to just three points the first quarter. Approaching the half, the Lady Whalers only managed another three points, bringing the score to 6-42.
The third quarter was even worse for Pierson, as the Lady Bears held them to just two points —Â giving the Bears a near 50-point lead, 8-57.
During the fourth quarter, the Pierson Lady Whalers finally put double digits on the board, outscoring Stony Brook, with 14 points to Stony Brook’s 12 —Â but it wasn’t enough for the win.
Top scorer for Pierson that game was Bridgehampton’s senior, Ala Pinckney, with two three-pointers earning 12 points for the team. Second to Pinckney was sophomore Sarah, Barratt, with three-points, from a three-point shot. Nell Kruszynski, a senior, followed in third with two points for Pierson.
Southold won against Shelter Island last night 46-30, giving Southold a seat in the Class C playoffs. The Lady Whalers will host Southold Tuesday to kick off the playoffs at a time to be announced.Â Â Â