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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.




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.