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Bridgehampton Falls To Greenport Leaving Playoff Berth in Doubt

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Bridgehampton's Anajae Lamb leaps for a backwards fadeaway during the Killer Bees' loss to Greenport Porters on Thursday.

Bridgehampton’s Anajae Lamb leaps for a backwards fadeaway during the Killer Bees’ loss to Greenport Porters on Thursday.

By Gavin Menu; photography by Michael Heller

The Bridgehampton boys basketball team lost, 68-64, in a thriller against rival Greenport Thursday night as the Killer Bees let a 17-point first-half lead slip away on their home court.  The loss was especially hurtful since it guarantees that Bridgehampton will finish below the .500 mark against League VIII competition, which is required for an automatic berth in the Class D postseason.

With one game remaining in the regular season, Greenport (8-7) will join Shelter Island in the Class D brackets. Bridgehampton (6-9), which plays the winless Knox School on the road today, February 7, will have to petition Section XI, Suffolk County’s governing body of athletics, for a playoff berth based on their record against fellow Class D schools.

With a win over Knox on Friday, the Killer Bees would have a 5-3 record against Class D opponents.

It seemed early on Thursday that Bridgehampton would cruise to a win over Greenport, and that a victory over Knox on Friday would cement a three-team playoff for the Suffolk Class D title. Instead, Greenport’s Angel Colon came out of halftime on fire, scoring 10 straight points to trim Bridgehampton’s lead to 40-37 in a matter of minutes.

Foul trouble was a major factor all night as well, with both Josh Lamison and Tylik Furman, Bridgehampton’s top two players, fouling out in the fourth quarter. Furman finished with 25 points, while Lamison had 19.

Gavin Dibble, who also fouled out in the fourth quarter, led Greenport with 25 points while Colon finished with 16

The Killer Bees’ role players, including Henry Kotz, Kevin Feliciano, Matt Hochstedler and Max Cheng, played admirably but lacked the offensive firepower to hold the slim three-point lead Bridgehampton held when Furman joined Lamison on the bench with 5:04 remaining in the game, which Greenport closed out with a 9-0 run.

Sports Wrap 1/19/12

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Lady Whalers

The Pierson/Bridgehampton girls varsity basketball Lady Whalers improved to a record of 4-1 in League VIII play after beating the Stony Brook Bears, 34-25, in an away game on Tuesday, January 17. Emily Hinz, was effective getting to the line for the Lady Whalers, and led the team in scoring with 9 points. Bridget Canavan was able to add 8, Rachel Saidman tallied 6, while Sydnee McKie-Senior and Sariah Cafiero both scored 4. The Lady Whalers have ridden a three game win streak into third place, and are now only one game behind the first place Shelter Island Indians. Pierson/Bridgehampton next has a home game today, January 19 at 6:15 p.m. against the Southold Settlers.

Lady Cosmos Basketball

Things don’t look like they could get much worse for the Ross Lady Cosmos girls varsity basketball team, who are still without a win this far in the season. Stuck in the basement of the League VIII standings, the Lady Cosmos came close to capturing that elusive first win this past week. On Friday, January 13 Ross lost in a 26-22 squeaker to the Stony Brook Bears. Emma Betuel led the team with 9 points, while Julia Perez contributed with 4. On Tuesday, January 17 the Lady Cosmos then lost to the Port Jefferson Lady Royals (2-3), in a 47-38 offensive showcase. The Cosmos will have a chance to redeem themselves in two upcoming away games, first against Smithtown Christian on Friday, January 20 at 4:30, then against Southold on Monday, January 23 at 6:15 p.m.


Little League

In preparation for baseball season, The Sag Harbor-Bridgehampton Little League will be holding a series of events for its upcoming 2012 season. Online registration for the 2012 Little League season is currently open at the website Sagharborlittleleague.org. The deadline for registration is Sunday, March 25. The league will be holding a series of baseball clinics for registered players under six years old in the Pierson High School Gym on March 4, March 11 and March 18. For further questions please call 725-2528.

Whalers’ Defeat Bees, Claim First Win

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By Benito Vila & Jacob Sisson

It’d be easy to describe any basketball game in the Bridgehampton gym as a back and forth affair; the court, known as “the Hive”, is smaller that the one in the Sag Harbor Elementary school.
Oftentimes the close confines are all the Killer Bees need to sting a visiting opponent.
That was not the case Tuesday, the Pierson Whalers holding back their hosts and taking home a 63-50 victory.

The outcome puts the Whalers in the win column for the first time this season, following a loss to Port Jefferson on Thursday, January 13 and three earlier league losses to Greenport, Stony Brook, Port Jefferson and Southold.

The Killer Bees, meanwhile, at 1-5 in League VIII play, have a tough course ahead of them, Southold coming in Friday and Greenport next.

Their playoff hopes rest on their Class D designation, which only takes into account Bridgehampton’s record against Ross, Shelter Island and Greenport.
Pierson has Shelter Island in tomorrow at 6:15 p.m. and Ross in Tuesday. The Whalers need wins in those games, and against the top teams in the coming weeks, to earn any post-season consideration.

The difference in Tuesday’s match-up proved to be a 20-3 run by the Whalers at the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth. Tight team play by Pierson was highlighted by a four-point play by senior guard Tyler Gilbride, who was fouled hitting a three-pointer and put in his free throw.

Seamus Doyle led the Whalers with 19 points. Sam Miller and Jake Weingarter each added 10, with Gilbride knocking in 9. Canaan Campbell led the Killer Bees with 22.

Earlier in the week the Whalers’ faced off against the Port Jefferson Royals (3-3, 2-1) and came away losing 69-45. While the Whalers had been starting to put the pieces together, the trip to Port Jefferson was the third in a set of three straight games against Suffolk County League Eight’s elite. Having already dropped games against League VIII leading Greenport and joint second placed Stony Brook, Port Jefferson stood as a key test of Pierson’s possible playoff credentials.

The feeling in the Whalers camp ahead of the three key matchups was to survive the tests and play as good basketball as possible. A good game against the Royals would set Pierson up well for a run of games against the league’s mid-table teams and give the Whalers some momentum needed for wins. While the scoreline may not have showed it, Pierson got some excellent contributions from their bench players who will be important as the season progresses.

The Whalers didn’t get out to the start they were hoping for in the first quarter, as it took more than two minutes for senior forward Seamus Doyle to record the team’s first points. Doyle hit a well-placed three-pointer off of an assist from fellow senior forward Jake Weingartner.

The three-pointer could not stem the Port Jefferson tide, however, as the Royals poured 16 points onto the Whalers before James Sloane answered with the first of his seven points on the night. Only Dylan Hmielenski could muster another lay in before the first quarter ended with Port Jefferson up 24-7.

The second quarter was worse for the Whalers offensively, as they could only grab five points, three coming from Weingartner while Tyler Gilbride recorded his only basket of the night. Still, Pierson ratcheted up the defense and held Port Jefferson to 11 points, entering halftime down 35-12.
Foul trouble for many of the team’s better rebounders, including Weingartner, Doyle and Skyler Loesch hindered the Whalers’ ability to dominate the glass, and allowed Port Jefferson too many second chance points. As a result, Pierson had to turn to some of its unsung bench players for scoring production.

In the third quarter, this task fell to Sloane, guard Jackson Marienfeld and the continued help from Weingartner. Pierson managed 13 points from the quarter and, with only eight minutes left, the Whalers were looking at a 54-25 deficit.

Despite victory being out of reach, Pierson forward Michael Heller stepped in and had a fine quarter, trying to reignite his team. Just over a minute into the period, Heller hit his first jumper off of a Skyler Loesch assist to open up a floodgate of sorts. In just eight minutes of play, Heller scored eight points – two shots from the field and four made free throws – and had two rebounds, to power the Whalers to a 20-point quarter.

Despite the scoring surge, Pierson could not bring back the Royals, who went on to win 69-45. Despite the loss, Pierson’s bench players picked up some key confidence as they move on to face Bridgehampton on Tuesday and bottom of the league Shelter Island on Friday. With lessons learned from the league’s three toughest teams in hand, the Whalers are still in a position to make a run at the playoffs.

Pierson at Top of League VIII Hoops

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By Jacob Sisson

Down 3 entering the fourth quarter, the Pierson/Bridgehampton Lady Whalers (2-6, 2-0) turned to a player they have been relying on all year: Sarah Barrett. The senior guard did not disappoint, scoring all of The Lady Whaler’s seven points in the fourth quarter to lead the team to a 43-41 victory over the Mercy Monarchs (2-4, 1-1). None of her points were as clutch as the two free throws she hit with 15 seconds remaining that gave the Lady Whalers their final advantage.

Barrett’s final push capped a season high 23-point night. The guard added four steals on a night where ball control was fleeting and turnovers were common. As a team, the Lady Whalers collected 14 steals, with senior forwards Samantha James and Kaci Koehne as well as senior guard Amanda Busiello adding three steals each.

James herself had an outstanding night, adding a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

“We started out like a house on fire,” said Pierson/Bridgehampton coach Dennis Case. “Mercy stayed with us all game. Our biggest problem all year has been consistency. We made a lot of errors in the game, many of them unforced.”
The Lady Whalers were aided that for each period of sloppy play they endured, Mercy seemed to respond in turn. Much of the credit has to go to the Lady Whaler defense, which constantly applied pressure and harassed Mercy’s ball handlers.

“Down the stretch, we played great defense.” That defense was the real key to Pierson/Bridgehampton’s victory, as they held the visitors to only two points in the fourth quarter. “We needed to overplay [Mercy forward] Amy Boden so she couldn’t power up to the basket. Kaci Koehne shut her down.”

Koehne and fellow forward Samantha James each added two blocked shots to the defensive effort. None were more important than the latter’s swat with 4 seconds left that ended a threatening Mercy possession, allowing the Lady Whalers to run out the clock for the win.

The game was a tense, back-and-forth affair, with no team able to assert their hold on possession. Person/Bridgehampton held a slim 26-23 lead at halftime thanks in large part to the work of James, who scored 10 of her 12 points and had 10 of her 13 rebounds in the first half. Also lending well to the cause was sophomore guard Emily Hinz, who had six points and three assists in the first 16 minutes.

Mercy roared back in the third quarter, outpacing the Lady Whalers 16-10, and entering the fourth quarter up 39-36.

As if “clutch” was her middle name, Barrett sprung into action. Barrett’s intensity helped inspire the defense to clamp down and take the wind out of Mercy’s sails. After a Mercy free throw, Barrett hit a three-pointer to draw the Lady Whalers within one. A jumper from the foul line halfway through the fourth quarter gave the Lady Whalers their first lead in the fourth. Another free throw drew Mercy level with just under four minutes remaining.

The score would stand at 41-41 for what felt like an eternity as both teams struggled to score. Mercy was trying to assemble their offense when the quick hands of Hinz knocked the ball into the path of Barrett. Without a second thought, Barrett took off to the basket. While her layup didn’t fall, she was fouled and went to the line for two free throws.

Barrett’s first free throw fell much to the delight of Pierson/Bridgehampton supporters.

“After Sarah made the first free throw, I called a timeout to set up our defense. If she had missed, we would have to play solid defense and not foul. After she iced the second shot, we knew we would have to put pressure on their guards to protect against the three-pointer.”

Mercy managed to get the ball inside as the seconds ticked away, Mercy had one last look at the basket until James arrived to remove the threat. While Barrett’s free throws put the Lady Whalers ahead, James sealed the deal.

As the final buzzer sounded, Case pumped his fist with delight. Case had pointed out earlier in the season that Mercy would be one of Suffolk County league VIII’s main title contenders and this game would be key to their championship hopes.

The win wasn’t just about the performances of one individual. The victory came down to hard work and determination of the entire Lady Whalers squad.

“The key to the win was total teamwork and focus in the final minute of play,” said Case.

Extend Lead in League

For the second game in a row, senior guard Sarah Barrett hit a game winning shot with less than 30 seconds to go Tuesday night, extending the Lady Whalers’ lead at the top of Suffolk County league VIII standings. Barrett’s heroics with 30 seconds to go put the Lady Whalers (3-6, 3-0) up 35-33 against the Stony Brook Bears (2-3, 1-1) in what was a matchup of the league’s top two teams. It was a defensive struggle, as both teams found offense hard to come by. Neither team scored in the double digits until the third quarter when each team had 10 points. Despite the low scoring game, Barrett once again led the team with 15 points while Samantha James had 12.

Ladies Look Ahead

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The Pierson/Bridgehampton Lady Whalers girls basketball team (1-6, 1-0) may have had a tough schedule of pre-season matchups, but following a productive week off, it is onward and upwards for a team gunning for the Suffolk County Class “C” championship. Despite losing their first six games of the year to non-league opponents, Pierson/Bridgehampton picked up some momentum and confidence with a 17-point league eight victory over Southold to draw the curtain on 2010.

Despite the slow start to the campaign, Lady Whalers’ coach Dennis Case prefers to focus on their most recent win than their string of defeats.
“We went 0-6 in non-league contests. It took us a while to start playing good ball. We opened our league season with a strong win by 17 over Southold. Hopefully this will carry over.”

It truly did take time for the Lady Whalers to coalesce on offense, having been held to less than 30 points in their first three games. Much of Pierson/Bridgehampton’s troubles could be traced to their murderer’s row of opponents, having played league seven’s Southampton (6-1, 0-0) twice, Mattituck and Hampton Bays (5-3, 0-0), league six’s Shoreham/Wading River (1-5, 0-1) and league five’s Eastport/South Manor (4-4, 1-1) once each.

“I feel that the strongest point this season is that we are finally playing together as a team.”

“Leading the way has been this year’s leading scorer Sarah Barrett, as well as Sam James. Both are seniors,” said Case.

Barrett has been the real bright spot in the Pierson/Bridgehampton offense in the 2010-2011 season, leading the team in five of their seven games and amassing 63 points in those games. Barrett’s best nights came December 10th against Eastport/South Manor and on December 14th against Mattituck, where the senior guard exploded for 17 points.

Complimenting Barrett on the offensive side of the ball is fellow senior Samantha James. The 5’11” forward added 11 points against Southold to help the Lady Whalers right the ship and get their first league win on December 17th.

Beyond the team’s two stars, Case has a full outfit of talented and experienced players to rely on. “Amanda Busiello at guard and Kaci Koehne and Nina Hemby at forward are all seniors. Nina is back from taking her junior year off from basketball. She adds strength to our front court.”
“Emily Hinz is a sophomore guard and has been very valuable to us this year. Kaci Koehne has led the team in rebounds so far this season.”

Indeed, Hinz has been the team’s most consistent scorer beyond James and Barrett. Hinz was third on score sheet against Southold, having contributed 7 points to the team effort. Busiello, too, has been a reliable source of points throughout the season.

Looking forward, Case is hoping that the Lady Whalers’ win against Southold will “carry over this Friday against Mercy,” a team Case had previously pointed to as “our main competition for the top spot.” With Pierson/Bridgehampton’s offense and defenses both starting to click – the Lady Whalers have outscored their opponents 80-64 in their last two games – there’s no reason that momentum shouldn’t carry over, despite the three-week lull in games.

Bishop McGann-Mercy comes into this Friday’s home game sporting an identical 1-0 league eight record and a 2-3 overall record. The Monarch’s league win also came at the hands of Southold, who fell 43-35 on Monday. The Lady Whalers will have to contain Amy Boden if they hope for success on Friday, with the Monarch player having scored 28 points in the team’s last two games.

Case and the Lady Whalers will need to forget about the first six games of their season and instead ride the confidence they earned in their dominant win against Southold. If they can keep in mind the lessons they learned in 2010, there’s no reason the Lady Whalers can’t be fighting for the Suffolk County Class “C” championship later this season.

Lady Whalers’ Hoop Wrap Up

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Girls Basketball

12/11 Pierson/Bridgehampton 38 – 53 Hampton Bays
Senior guard Sarah Barrett continued her torrid start to the season, scoring 14 points to lead the Pierson/Bridgehampton Lady Whalers (0-5, 0-0) against Hampton Bays. Hampton Bays, of League VII boasts a 1-1 non-league record, with no league games played. The Lady Whalers’ second game in as many days was the consolation matchup of the Hampton Bays Fast Break Tipoff Tournament, after losing their opening round matchup with Eastport/South Manor.

Pierson/Bridgehampton dug themselves an early hole, with the scoreboard after the first quarter showing 21-11 in favor of Hampton Bays. Despite the slow start, the Lady Whalers kept things close through the second and third quarters, entering the fourth quarter down only 34-32. Hampton Bays turned on the after burners in the fourth quarter, outscoring Pierson/Bridgehampton 19-6 to finish off the game 53-38. Barrett had 14 points while Emily Hinz six points and Amanda Busiello and Bridget Canavan each contributed four.

12/10 Pierson/Bridgehampton 31 – 48 Eastport/South Manor

The Pierson/Bridgehampton Lady Whalers faced tough opposition in the opening round of the Hampton Bays Fast Break Tipoff Tournament versus League V’s Eastport/South Manor (2-2, 0-0). Against possibly the schedule’s toughest foe on paper, Pierson/Bridgehampton was able to keep the scoreline manageable through the first half, before being doomed by a runaway third quarter.

Pierson/Bridgehampton was down 21-14 when the first half whistle blew, but Eastport/South Manor outscored the Lady Whalers 18-5 in the third to put the game well out of reach. Pierson/Bridgehampton did manage to outscore Eastport/South Manor in the fourth 12-9 but the Lady Whalers could not overcome the 48-31 final score. Leading all scorers on the night was Sarah Barrett with 17. Senior forward Samantha James added six while senior guard Amanda Busiello chipped in four points.

Pierson Boys Basketball: The Time is Now

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By Benito Vila

The early results are in for the 2009-2010 Pierson basketball Whalers. Despite a 0-3 start against some of Suffolk County’s top competition, the season still holds a good deal of promise.

The boys’ advantage in the early going is their conditioning and their effort, the Whalers, as whole, being tall, athletic and persistent, playing with never-say-quit intensity. Working against them though is their collective youth and inexperience, only one healthy senior on a 12-man squad consisting of six juniors and two sophomores.

The three games this past week saw the boys go up against Class A Islip, Class AA Patchogue-Medford and Class A East Hampton. On paper, the results do not look good, the Class C Whalers being outscored by 90 points.

But playing those larger schools should help the boys get a sense of where their individual and collective games need to go and what they need to do to develop their skills should they want to play beyond the local level. Only time will tell if the experience inspires more commitment or whether the knowledge of knowing how much work they need to do keeps them from doing it.

Either way, the team makes its league debut on Tuesday, going over to Shelter Island for a 5:45 p.m. tip-off. The Indians had a winless pre-season as well, going 0-2 after meeting Mattituck there and East Rockaway at home.

The Whalers will make their home debut next Friday at 6:15 p.m., hosting a Southold squad that dispatched Mattituck in its only game this week. The Settlers host a two-game tournament this weekend, Mattituck and Mount Sinai making their way there.

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Bonac Bruising

In heading over to play East Hampton Monday, the Whalers were meeting a program coming off back-to-back appearances in the state’s Class A finals. While Monday’s game was close in the early going, the re-building Bonackers held a 16-8 advantage at the first buzzer and cruised to a 75-43 win.

The bright spots for the Pierson boys were their zone defense and their passing. But turnovers and missed shots were their undoing, especially in a 33-6 third quarter that saw East Hampton nail down the game.

Skyler Loesch tallied 13 points Monday to lead the Whalers’ scoring. Luke Kirrane added nine, with Brook Hartnett and Seamus Doyle each tossing in six. Tyler Gilbride netted five and Jake Weingartner four.

Islippery Start

In starting their pre-season in Islip last Wednesday, the Whalers were up against what Coach Johns called, “a big, physical team that executed on both ends of the floor.” The Buccaneers sailed out to a 38-22 lead at the half and set out on a 24-9 run in the third quarter to pull off an 80-41 win.

Leading the Whaler scoring were Doyle with ten points and Gilbride with nine points. Kirrane and Sean Hartnett each had six. Looking to build on the positives, Coach Johns noted, “Our half-court defense did a nice job of protecting the paint and I liked the way certain players were squaring up, getting to the bucket, and getting fouled.”

“However, we need to do a much better job closing out and rebounding and we must be more focused when we get to the line, and complete those plays.”

Friday found Pierson back in Islip for a match-up with Patchogue-Medford. After staying even in the first quarter, the Whalers fell behind in the second and the Raiders used their size to run up a 75-50 win. After the game, Coach Johns felt his team did “a better job on the boards and were able to get out in transition a bit more than against Islip,” but cautioned, “We still have work to do on limiting turnovers and getting into the correct positions on defense.”

Atop the Whaler scoring sheet Friday were Kirrane, with 17, Loesch, with 14, and Gilbride, with 11.

Ravens and Bees

The Ross School also sought out a higher class of competition in matching up with Mercy and West Islip this week. Currently sporting a 0-2 mark, the Ravens close out their pre-season tomorrow in taking on East Rockaway at home; tip-off is at 6:30 p.m.

Ross opens its league schedule at Smithtown Christian Tuesday and hosts Shelter Island next Friday at 6:15 p.m. Brendan Pettaway and Liam Chaskey have emerged as the Ravens’ leading scorers thus far.

Meanwhile, the Bridgehampton Killer Bees have kept keeping close to the Hive, holding off any competition until tomorrow’s scrimmage at Mercy. The Bridgehampton boys have busy schedule after that, opening league play at Southold Tuesday, playing a two-game tournament in Southampton next weekend and coming back to host Class D rival Greenport on December 22.

Pierson JV

The Pierson JV Whalers are also off to a 0-3 start, but coach Jonathan Tortorella likes what he’s seeing. After a 51-30 loss to Islip last Wednesday, Coach Tortorella said, “We could have played much better. There is a lot of work to be done and the boys know that, but we came right back with a tremendous practice on Thursday.”

“The biggest problem [Wednesday] was our rebounding, Islip dominated the boards all game. On the positive side, our half-court defense is starting to really be one of our strong points. And we attacked the basket very well [on offense] and got to the free throw line, which is a very good sign.”

The younger Whalers play at 4 p.m. Tuesday on Shelter Island, before the varsity game, and do the same thing at home next Friday, taking the court against Southold at 4:30 p.m.

Middle School Teams Battle Back

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The girl’s middle school basketball seventh grade team put up a good fight on Thursday in their season opener against the Lady Baymen of Hampton Bays, going into double overtime, only to lose in the end by only one point, 38-37.

Coach Jonathon Tortorella said he was “very proud of all the girls, our energy was great, they never gave up and fought their hearts out.”

He said the girl’s were down 12 points in the fourth quarter then Bridget Canavan hit a jumpshot with 12 seconds left in the game to force the first overtime.

“We also hit a put-back lay-up with nine seconds left that resulted in sudden death and a second overtime,” said the coach.

“Our defense was tremendous and kept us in this game,” he added, although he admitted Hampton Bays had some good players and the team defense really stepped up and made some plays.

The defensive Lady Whalers including May Evjen, Kasey Gilbride and Katherine Matthers “really stood out,” according to Tortorella but he added all the girls did great and played hard.

On Saturday, the Lady Whalers were set to play Southampton, but the game was called off because the Lady Mariners didn’t have enough players to compete.


The seventh graders hit the court again on Tuesday, playing Center Moriches on the road and came home with a 36-6 win.

“We learned a lot about ourselves after the last game. The girls really improved on certain aspects of our game and they played great team basketball,” said Tortorella.

“Our defense was awesome. We only allowed two attempted lay-ups throughout the game, which really demonstrates how hard they worked on defense.” 

The coach praised Sol Varela, Selena Garcia, Paige DePetris, May Evjen and Kasey Gilbride on their defensive efforts.

“Selena [Garcia] did a tremendous job guarding both in the post and on the perimeter. I was very proud of her. I saw a lot of improvement from a lot of the girls – however, Sydney Mitchell, Kirra McGowin, Katy Koehne and Eilis Sheil really played well,” he said.

The seventh graders played Montauk yesterday (Wednesday), to make up for the snowed out Monday game. The girls will also be at home on Friday against Port Jeff at 4:30 p.m.


Eighth Graders

While the seventh graders were battling the Lady Baymen at home on Thursday, the eighth grade team faced their Hampton Bays counterparts on the road the same day.

The game started out as a close affair, according to coach Marc Schimmer. However as the game progressed the Lady Whalers had a tough time scoring, and Hampton Bays was able to pull away for the win 34-11. 

On Saturday the eighth grade team played Southampton in a close match-up. “The girls displayed hustle on both ends of the court, and was instrumental in helping us get our first victory of the season,” Schimmer said. The girl’s won Saturday’s game 29-23. 

Schimmer added the eighth graders have been focused on the fundamental skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, and defending as well as conditioning to get in shape for the season.

There are 16 girls that make up the team and according to the coach they are a strong group.

“Their strength is their willingness to work hard in both skills and conditioning drills without complaint,” said Schimmer.

The eighth graders played Montauk away yesterday, Wednesday, and will face Port Jefferson at 4:30 p.m. on Friday away. 



Ladies Drop Two Tough Games, Osiecki Out

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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 Whalers 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 — 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 — 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 —  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.   


Bridgehampton Bees Bring it On

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By Benito Vila

There was a time, early on, when it looked as though the Bridgehampton boys’ basketball team was destined for a season of growing pains. After starting 1-7 overall and sporting a 1-2 league mark on January 9, the Killer Bees broke out with two three-game win-streaks and a 7-3 run in league play to propel the storied program back into the county Class D playoffs.

Last night, and too late for this edition, the Bridgehampton boys traveled to 11-2 Stony Brook looking to improve their 8-5 league mark and further demonstrate they belong at the top of the league along with 14-0 Greenport, Stony Brook and 9-5 Mercy.

Bridgehampton’s next game comes at noon next Friday, February 20, in Longwood, going up against Greenport for the county Class D championship. That’s a championship the Bees have earned 17 times since 1978 on their way to bringing home nine state titles.

Former Bridgehampton standout and now long-time coach Carl Johnson credits “the maturity that the team showed over the last few weeks, starting back in January”, when he was away attending to the death of his mother, as being key to the season. “They kept working in my absence and started to put it all together.”

Winning Out

Monday’s 59-42 win over Ross typified the type of effort, resiliency and intensity Coach Johnson has come to expect from his crew. Away from their home court and down 20-5 after the first period, the Bees came back to close the halftime deficit to five at 26-21. A breakout third quarter saw Bridgehampton outrun Ross 25-7 to put the game away.

Coach Johnson said the difference early on was “emotion. Ross had it. It was their senior night and they came out high and played really good ball, the best we’ve seen from any team all year, including Greenport.” Switching up the defense from a 1-3-1 zone to a 2-3 full court trap pressured and rushed the Ross ball-handlers and opened up opportunities for Killer Bees’ attack.

 “Once our defense stepped up, we were able to get some turnovers and fast-breaks, that led to some nice transition baskets, some open shots and then we started hitting the open man and getting the shots we wanted. That and controlling the boards allowed us to keep them to 22 after the first.”

Junior guard Ainsley Wyche led the Bees with 32 points and 12 assists Monday. Wyche’s classmates Cesar Banados and Jamal Hires helped put the game out of reach, Banados with three three-pointers and 13 points overall and Hires with a pair of put-back baskets and 13 rebounds.

In the playoff clinching 76-56 win over Shelter Island last Thursday, Wyche (31) and Banados (25) combined for 56 of Bridgehampton’s total, with sophomore Nate Hochstedler adding in six.

A Look Ahead

The youth of the team is something that Coach Johnson sees as a real strength. “We have almost everyone coming back. If they keep working hard and everyone continues to improve the way they have, we can make a serious run at states next year.”

Returning along with the three juniors and Hochstedler are first off-the-bench reserves Canaan Campbell, a freshman, and Evan Marzan, a 6’4” junior. Sophomores Jeremy Carston and Oscar Reyes and freshmen Brendan Hemby and Pablo Saldivar will be asked to fill in where seniors Matt Marzan, Pablo Londono and Luke Hochstedler have made their contributions.

Looking ahead to playing Greenport, Coach Johnson was quick to admit, “There’s no pressure on us. We’ll have a game plan and it’s a matter of executing it.”

Still coping with the loss of his mother, Coach Johnson acknowledged her passing has had an influence on how he’s approached this season. “It’s changed how I look at the game. Everybody wants to win but that’s not all there is. If your kids perform hard and they do their best, you have to be satisfied with that; that the game is a small part of life and that there are other things to conquer is what I’ve tried to convey to my team.”