By Gavin Menu
The Pierson-Bridgehampton girls basketball team bought itself some breathing room in its quest for a league title with a 51-46 road win at Port Jefferson on Saturday.
The Lady Whalers improved to 6-1 and are now two games clear of Port Jefferson and Southold-Greenport in the battle for first place in League VIII.
“We’re the only team with one loss right now,” head coach Kevin Barron said after Saturday’s game had ended.
A game against Class C rival Stony Brook is part of a girls-boys doubleheader tomorrow January 24, with the girls tipping off at 7:30 p.m. Following that will be a huge game against Southold-Greenport, which handed Pierson its only league loss of the season, at home on Monday, January 27 at 6:15 p.m. for Senior Night.
If the Lady Whalers can close out those two games with wins this week, the team will have clinched the league title, since their final league game against Ross will go down as a forfeit with the Lady Cosmos having moved to the junior varsity level.
If Pierson is able to claim the championship and move onto the playoffs as the top seed in Class C, it will do so because of a strong senior class led by Eilis Sheil, who had a team-high 13 points against Port Jeff on Saturday.
May Evjen, who is also a senior, had 12 points and 11 rebounds while sophomore Erica Selyukova chipped in with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Kasey Gilbride, with 10 points, was the fourth player to score in double figures for the Lady Whalers.
“We’re really staring to come together on offense,” said Barron, whose team the last two seasons has featured defense as its calling card. “We were hitting some nice jumpers, and it was nice and spread out.”
The Lady Whalers had not played a game in 12 days before traveling to Port Jeff on Saturday, a layoff caused by a combination of bad weather, scheduling changes and the first forfeit by Ross.
“I was a little concerned about rust, but he girls didn’t show much of it, especially with 51 points on offense,” Barron said. “It was a big win to stay in first place in our league.”