By Andrew Rudansky
For the seventh year in a row the Pierson/Bridgehampton Lady Whalers made it to the Suffolk County Class C playoffs, and for the seventh year in a row they came up just short of the championship title.
This year it was an undefeated Southold team that knocked Pierson out of the playoffs in the championship title. The one sided 46-17 loss to the Southold Lady Settlers put an end to what was otherwise an outstanding year for the Lady Whalers.
During the regular season the Pierson/Bridgehampton team finished in third place with a record of 7-5 in League VIII. In league play, the Lady Whalers averaged 35.2 points per game (ppg), and allowed only 30 ppg.
In the first round of the playoffs, the team faced the Port Jefferson Lady Royals at the Pierson gym. Pierson/Bridgehampton took the game, held on Friday, February 17, 37-30.
In Friday’s win the Lady Whalers used their aggressive style of play to befuddle Port Jefferson.
The Lady Whalers went into the locker room at the half with a 20-13 lead, after they held Port Jefferson to just 2 points in the second quarter.
In the third, the Whalers went on another dominant 10 point run, putting the game out of reach. The run was led by senior guard Sariah Cafiero, who finished with 8 points, 5 rebounds, 6 steals and 1 assist.
The Lady Whalers were hoping to springboard off this win into another win in the championship game against the Lady Settlers. Unfortunately six players of the Lady Whalers team were not able to play in the game held on Monday, February 20 at St. Josephs College in Patchogue.
Head coach Dennis Case brought in two JV players, Ashley Nill and Lily Kunzeman as reserves to fill out the roster. Despite a determined effort, the Whalers didn’t have enough firepower to keep up with the Lady Settlers. Bridget Canavan led the team with 9 points, and Rachel Saidman finished with 8.
In the end Southold took the Class C Championship, putting an end to yet another Pierson/Bridgehampton post-season run.