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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.




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.