By Benito Vila
Going in needing one more win to clinch a playoff spot, the Lady Whalers went into last Friday’s game against Southold looking for a measure of revenge, the Lady Settlers sending them home with a 20-point loss in December.
But a near empty Pierson gym made moot the little emotional lift the Lady Whalers may have needed, the Lady Settlers heading home with a 44-31 win. The difference in Friday’s game was the 25-10 lead the visitors held after the first half, strong outside shooting and second-chance shots sparking an 8-3 start for Southold and then an 11-2 second quarter run.
The Pierson girls kept the game even in the second half, guards Sarah Barrett and Amanda Busiello finishing fast break chances in the third and forward Sami James firing in four jumpers in the fourth. The team’s play on the perimeter improved as the half played out, defenders Busiello, Emily Hinz and Catherine O’Brien challenging the outside shot and rebounders Kaci Koehne, Bridget Canavan and Annie Osiecki denying the extra chances.
Mid-term exams across the county are curtailing games and practices this coming week. The Pierson girls, now 5-3 in League VIII, play again, going to Ross to meet the 0-7 Lady Ravens.
The Lady Ravens were just six-deep when the Lady Whalers outran them, 52-31, after the New Year’s holiday. The Lady Ravens also lost this past Friday, falling 55-12 to Shelter Island at home, the Lady Indians taking charge with an 18-2 first half.
Lyndsey Fridie and Cholena Smith led Ross in scoring against Shelter Island, each scoring four, and James, eleven points, and Barrett, ten, topped Pierson against Southold.