There is nothing like having a win after a loss, it shows improvement and that is exactly what the Pierson Girls varsity basketball team is shooting for – literally.
Last Wednesday the girls played Miller Place and narrowly lost 57-53, although the girls played an aggressive game. After falling behind in the first quarter 9-13, the Lady Whalers managed to close the gap on the Panthers slightly closing the first half behind, 21-24.
The Panthers extended their lead by seven points in the third quarter 31-38, but the Lady Whalers rallied in the last quarter, outscoringÂ Miller Place 22-19. The effort was not enough, however, and Pierson lost their season opener 53 – 57.
“We did some nice things in that game,” Coach Dennis Case said on Wednesday, “we only lost to them by four.” Senior Katie Osiecki scored 26 points that game, gaining nearly half the total points for Pierson.
Following Osieki was fellow senior Ala Pinckney with nine points, tying sophomore Sarah Barett’s nine and senior Arielle Chase came in just behind them with six points. Case said Chase is playing well, although she took a break last season.
The girls quickly picked it up again at the end of last week when they played Hampton Bays on Friday, defeating the Lady Baymen 48-30. Coach Case said the girls played a great game against Hampton Bays and added the Lady Baymen, who were Class B champions last year, are a really good team, so the defeat was “thrilling.”
“We held them to 10 points in the final half,” Case said.
Ala Pickney, a senior, was the top scorer that game earning 14 points for Pierson. Closely following Pickney was fellow twelfth grader Osiecki with 13 points. Gabrielle Arondel, senior, came in at a close third for points in the game, earning 11 for Pierson.
The girls also took their second victory last week against Southampton leading the Mariners by 14 points in the final, 44-30. During Monday’s game, Arondel shot three three-pointers for Pierson. Tenth-grader playing on varsity, Samantha James, scored a career-high of 16 points – and was the top scorer for Pierson at Monday’s game. Osiecki and Arondel tied at 13 points for Pierson while playing against the Mariners.
“The first half was slow, but the girls picked it up in the end,” Case said of the win against Southampton, starting the game tied at eight points in the first quarter. Pierson led by one at the half, 15-14. The girls outscored the Mariners 17 to 9 in the fourth, on their way to 14 point victory.
Pierson Varsity plays Mattituck at home on Friday at 6 p.m., following the Junior Varsity against the same team at 4:30.
Â As for JV, they played Hampton Bays last Friday and lost by four points, according to Coach
“We played really well, for what was pretty much our first game,” Luzim said on Wednesday, “We were up by one point but we ended up losing by four.”
Sarah Cafiero, a ninth-grader, has stepped up to play point guard, because the team lost their former point guard. Luzim said so far, Cafiero is doing a great job. Emily Hinz, an eighth-grader is helping with the defense and doing a tremendous job, according to Luzim.
“They make a lot of steals happen, they are both on top and really marking the guards, they really get their long arms in there,” Luzim joked. Nina Hemby, a sophomore, is a great rebounder and forward, according to the coach and has been powering through the opposition.
The girls won Monday’s game against the Mariners and Luzim said the girls looked like they are definitely improving.