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.