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It’s One and Done for Pierson Girl’s Varsity Basketball

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The Pierson Girls Varsity Basketball Team’s season came to a close on Tuesday after they played and lost to the Lady Clippers of Southold 46-33.

This was the first — and last — of their playoff games.

The Lady Whalers started out slow, according to coach Dennis Case, and they were lacking in the defensive area.

“We didn’t do good,” the coach said, “and the kids knew it.”

Even with the team’s starting senior Katie Oseicki back in the game this week after an injury last week to the same team on the road, the girls did not seem to have the same stamina they had projected throughout the season.

“She wasn’t $100 Katie,” the coach said. “You can see that in the second half, she scored a bunch.” But the first half was a different story.

During the first quarter, the Lady Whalers trailed by three points; but that gap increased during the second quarter.

At the half the Lady Whalers were down by 15 points, the score 27-12.

By the end of the third quarter, Pierson was still behind Southold, 39-26, even though they outscored the Lady Clippers by two points during the period.

It was almost a comeback game for Pierson during the fourth, as the gap was closed slightly and the Lady Whalers were able to “shut down” Southold’s dominant player, Kim Van Bourgondien.

“We brought it back within six points with 3:45 minutes to go,” the coach said. But the final tally showed Southold winning by 13 points. 

Top scorer Tuesday night was Oseicki with 10 points. Following Oseicki was sophomore Samantha James with seven points. Gabrielle Arondel, a senior, brought in six points for the Lady Whalers during the game.

There were only two three-pointers scored by Pierson on Tuesday; one by Bridgehampton senior, Ala Pinckney and the other by Pierson sophomore Sarah Barrett who both tallied five points against the Lady Clippers. 

Overall the coach said he is very proud of the girls and the work they did this season.

“It was a good season,” he said, “collectively I had one of the best seasons ever and these girls were the most fun to coach.”

He said that their efforts as a team helped them get into the playoffs. “They did a lot together,” he continued, “They played together as a team on and off the court.”

The coach said he is going to be losing six girls next year, and added, “that is going to be hard to replace.”

Winding up their Lady Whaler careers on the court are seniors Katie Osiecki, Gabrielle Arondel, Ala Pinckney, Nell Kruszynski, Alicia Tagliasacchi and Arielle Chase. Juniors Brittany Scala and Alexia Faraguna are expected to return next year under Coach Case.




Girls Defeat Mercy

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Last Friday night the Pierson Varsity Girls Basketball team was on top of their game, winning their away match-up against Mercy 56-47. The Lady Whalers now hold a 5-1 record in their League VIII games.

Last time the Lady Whalers outscored the Lady Monarchs on Pierson’s home court, 52-22. This time Mercy was more competitive.

“They shot very well,” Coach Dennis Case said, “uncharacteristically well.”

From the very beginning, the Pierson Lady Whalers led the Lady Monarchs, and by the end of the first quarter the Lady Whalers had a six-point lead.

During the second half Mercy almost closed that gap, outscoring Pierson by three points, but the final score at half time still gave Pierson a lead by three points, finishing the half with a final score of 27-24.

The third quarter almost mirrored the first, with Mercy behind again, six points, 39-33. But in the final quarter the girls were able to make more headway by scoring the most points in the game during the quarter outscoring Mercy 17-14.

Senior Katie Osiecki had the team high of 17 points. Second high scorer was senior Gabrielle Arondel, with 12.

“Gab played really good, getting us a lot of rebounds,” Case said, “Overall this was one of her better games — she doesn’t always score the most points but she does a lot for us.”

Bridgehampton junior who plays for Pierson, Ala Pinckney came in third with her 11 points, three of which came from the only three-pointer shot for Pierson that game.

Tied at eight points were sophomores Samantha James and Sarah Barrett.

Pierson will play the Southold girls today, February 5, away on Southold’s turf. The last time Pierson played Southold, “it was the comeback game,” the coach said. Pinckney won that game for Pierson with three three-pointers in the final quarter. The coach added that last time they were able to keep one of their “quality girls” contained, but it would be hard to do that twice.

The Lady Whalers beat Shelter Island last week at home, which gave them enough wins to clinch a playoff spot for the Class C title.

After Pierson, Southold will face Smithtown Christian and then Shelter Island. Southold needs to win all three games to make it to the playoffs. 

On Monday, the Lady Whalers will play against Stony Brook, who is undefeated, to end the regular season. The last match-up between the Lady Whalers and Stony Brook, played on January 11, gave Stony Brook the win 57-38.

Ladies in a Thriller

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On Monday night, the Pierson Varsity girls basketball team had a nail-biting finish against the Southold Settlers, only narrowly taking the win 51-48. It wasn’t a packed gym on Monday, but the fifty or so that were there went crazy as the Lady Whalers won the game with only a few seconds left on the clock.
At the end of the first quarter, Pierson was leading the Settlers 15-11, but by halftime, Southold managed to tie the Lady Whalers at 25 points. The third quarter was where the Pierson girls lost their momentum; they only scored six points to Southold’s 17. Case said the girls were making the rebounds, but were not converting; so as the girl’s went into the fourth quarter they fell behind, 42-31.
The Lady Whalers dropped further, and with only four minutes left in the last quarter Pierson was behind by 13 points.
But that’s when things changed, and in those last four minutes the Lady Whalers, on a remarkable tear, scored 16 points
Ala Pinckney, a Bridgehampton senior who plays for Pierson, took command and recorded the majority of the final tally, nailing two unanswered three-pointers. With less than 30 seconds left in the game, Pierson was down by a mere two.
Pinckney tossed another three-pointer, putting Pierson in the lead by one and igniting the crowd.
Pinckney again got possession and, dribbling down court, was fouled with just seven seconds left in the game.
“I told the official, if this goes in I need a timeout so that I could set up my defense,” Coach Dennis Case said.
Pinckney made both shots, putting Pierson ahead 51-48.
With just 3.8 seconds remaining in the game, the Settlers called a time out. Southold set up their play, using their “biggest girl” according to Case, during this, their final possession. The girls who were not on the court, were sitting on the edge of the bench, eyes focused on the court.
Case said at this point, the worst that could have happened, if the Settlers sank a three-pointer, would’ve been a tie
As the Settlers moved the ball in play, sophomore Sarah Barrett forced a steal and Pierson never gave up possession as the clock ran out.
“It was the most amazing game I’ve ever coached,” Case said on Wednesday.
He has been coaching for 21 years, ten years of which were spent coaching girl’s basketball at the college level.
Case and the girls stood up and embraced each other, cheering and screaming with excitement as they were joined by people in the stands – most of whom were cheering, and those who weren’t were shocked and awed by the end result.
“It was one of the most exciting games I’ve ever had,” Case said,
“It was amazing,” he said, emphasizing the word “amazing”.
Case said that Southold’s best player and highest scorer was shut down to just seven points by Pierson on Monday. High scorer for Pierson, senior, Katie Oseicki grabbed 21 points in total that game, earning Pierson 13 points in the first quarter alone.
“She had a great first quarter,” Case said, “And Ala [Pinckney] had a great fourth quarter.”
Pinckney scored 13 points in the final quarter, earning 19 points total during the game.
Oseicki grabbed two three-pointers for the team and Pinckney had a total of three during the game, Barrett also had a three-pointer on Monday.
The girls only need one more win to make it to the playoffs, according to Case.

Lady Whalers 1 and 1 this week

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As the Pierson girl’s varsity basketball team prepares for their first league game this Friday against Shelter Island, they are still playing very competitively in their non-league games, according to Coach Dennis Case.

On Friday, Pierson played Mattituck and according to Case, the Lady Whalers played a great game, despite their loss. Mattituck lead Pierson in the end, 58-43.

“They are a very good team,” Case said, “But we played hard and we played well. We may have been able to beat them,” he added.

Case said the girls were good on their breaks and were able to get the ball down the court, but weren’t able to follow through with baskets. Mattituck dominated under the boards and was able to get 26 rebounds that game, helping them maintain their lead over the Lady Whalers.

Pierson was down eight points at the end of the first quarter 18-10 and at the half they trailed the Lady Tuckers 36-22.

During the third quarter Pierson gained some momentum and scored 15 points to Mattituck’s 14, but it wasn’t enough — Pierson was still behind 13 points with 37 to Mattituck’s 50.

“I can’t complain though,” Case said, “The Mattituck coach told me we were the first to beat their press all season.”

Senior Katie Osiecki earned 29 points for Pierson that game, with Samantha James the second highest scorer, following her with six points. Oseiki scored nearly half of her total points in the first quarter, gaining 12 points for her personal record.

Case also said the girls played well considering they were down a starter — their Bridgehampton player, Ala Pickney, who sat the bench and cheered her team members on. She is also not expected to play during Friday’s game.


Last Wednesday, Pierson played Rocky Point and won 45-35. During the first half, the Lady Whalers tied the Lady Eagles at 22.

“They really pulled away in the fourth quarter,” Case said. He added the girls were up by 13 points and nearing the end of the fourth the Mattituck girls banked a three-pointer, only slightly closing that gap.

“Actually three of the girls scored double figures in that game,” Case said. Osiecki scored 12 points that game, helping to lead the Lady Whalers to their victory. Coming in as a close second in terms of points for the team seniors Pinckney and Gabrielle Arondel tied at 11 points. Samantha James, a tenth grader, was also a high scorer, gaining nine points for the team.

This Friday the Lady Whalers have their first league game against the Indians on Shelter Island at 4 p.m. On Monday, Pierson will go head to head with Longwood, in a non-league match-up.

Case said the focus point for the girls during these next few games will be rebounding. He also pointed out that the Lady Whalers should practice their patience, and he hopes that will make them better players.

Here Come the Lady Whalers

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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, outscoring  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.

 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.



Girls basketball looking good prepping for League Games

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The season may not be in full force just yet, but the girl’s basketball team had just enough practices this week to play their first scrimmage against East Hampton on Monday.

Both JV and Varsity managed to outperform the competition, with no final scores to report, however, because it was not a league game.

Although the girls won, varsity coach Dennis Case said that his team still has a lot of work to do. “Our guards are sharp,” Case said, “and our forwards are looking good.” Case said he has his starting guards, but he is still trying out different combinations for the starting line-up.

“We tried a bunch of combos on Monday,” Case said of choosing his starters, “and some looked better than others.” Case said senior Katie Osiecki looked solid on Monday and scored well for the team. Sophomore Sami James played well at forward, according to Case. Ala Pinckney, a senior, will be a starter this season along with Sarah Barrett a sophomore who also played on varsity last year as a freshman.

“We took a good look at the kids on Monday,” Case said, “and we are optimistic, if we can learn to rebound more within our league.” Rebounding, Case said, will be important this season and added that there are some taller kids in their league where the girls may face some tough competition.

“We have to play a mental game, the girls need to slow down and cut down on mistakes,” Case said, but added, “we have the quickest guards in the league; we just have to be patient.”

Other players on varsity this season include seniors Gabi Arondel, Alicia Tagliasachi, Diana Rodriguez, Arielle Chase and Nell Kruszynski. Eleventh graders Alexia Faraguna and Brittany Scala are also set to play this year. The varsity girls played Miller Place yesterday, Wednesday December 3.

JV coach Haley Luzim said her girls played well against East Hampton on Monday. “The girls were aggressive, they ran our plays nicely and had many steals and rebounds,” Luzim said on Wednesday. Tenth graders on the team this season include Amanda Busiello, Catherine O’Brien, Cindy Alvarez and Nina Hemby. Ninth graders include Sarah Cafiero, Sam Kemper, Amber Pagano, Ryan Duffy, Emily Hinz and Rachel Saidman.

Luzim said the girls still need some work however, “We need to focus on making more lay-ups in our next game on Friday.” The JV girls will play Hampton Bays on Friday at 6:15.