As the Pierson Varsity Girls Basketball team went head to head with the McGann-Mercy Monarchs on Tuesday, the Lady Whalers were able to pull out a huge lead, beating Mercy by a whopping 30 points, ending the game 52-22.
“We had them right from the get-go,” Coach Dennis Case said on Wednesday.
It was a sweet victory for the Lady Whalers who are currently 2-0 in their League VIII games.
During Tuesday’s game the Pierson girls were ahead 16-4 at the end of the first quarter.
Coach Dennis Case said that he was surprised by the girl’s huge win.
Â “I thought they might be a rusty,” he said, considering the girls were on a break for the holiday season, practicing during that time, but only a couple of times.
And the girls appeared only to get stronger as the game pressed on.
Approaching the half, the Lady Whalers managed a 30-11 lead above the Monarchs. As the third quarter rolled around, they were ahead by 31 points, leading Mercy 49-18. Starting senior Katie Osiecki, although sick according to Case, gained 19 points for the Whalers.
“She was off, you could tell,” Case said, but still was the top scorer for Pierson. The second lead scorer during Tuesday’s game was sophomore Samantha James, with 13 points. Ala Pinckney, who plays for Pierson from Bridgehampton, had a great game, according to the coach and pulled out 12 points for the Lady Whalers.
Case said that Pinckney played guard for the Whalers that night.
“It gave us a good chance to take a good look at our subs,” Case said.
“We worked on getting things better and running the break,” he also noted that the girls played good defense.
Other scorers that game included Gabrielle Arondel, a senior, who had four points, and Sarah Barrett, a sophomore, who also shot two free throws earning four points for Pierson.
Case said their next game is against Southold on Monday. The coach said he was surprised to hear that Southold had lost to the Shelter Island Indians, while Pierson beat those girls on December 23, 51-39. Shelter Island, however, narrowly beat Southold on January 5, 35-33.
“That makes us feel good,” the coach remarked.Â