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Lady Whalers Bounce Back – Sports Wrap 4/10/14

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Softball Bounces Back with Two Wins

The Pierson softball team this week lost to Center Moriches, 8-2, on Friday, April 4 and then traveled to Stony Brook, where the Lady Whalers took our their frustrations in the form of a 23-2 drubbing of the Lady Bears on Monday. Pierson improved to 6-2 with a 9-3 win over Southampton on Tuesday.

Senior shortstop Kasey Gilbride went 3-for-4 against Southampton, including a first inning home run, with two runs scored and three RBI. Meg Schiavoni also went 3-for-4, and freshmen Lottie Evans and Cali Cafiero also hit home runs.

Sam Duchemin pitched a complete game, allowing just two earned runs on three hits while striking out nine.

Next up for the Lady Whalers is a road game today, April 10, at 4:15 p.m. at Hampton Bays. After a long layoff for Spring Break, the team will face Mattituck on the road on April 21.

Girls Track Earns Rare Tie Against ESM

The East Hampton girls track team tied Eastport-South Manor, 73-73, in a dual meet on April 2, a result rarely seen in the world of track competition, and athletes from Pierson were a big part of the result.

Allura Leggard won the 200-meter dash with a personal-best time of 28.2 seconds, and also finished second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 14 seconds flat. Leggard also anchored the winning 4×100-meter relay, which posted a time of 54.7 seconds. Hannah Jungck won the 3,000-meter run with a personal best time of 11:34.5 and was a member of the winning 4×800-meter relay. Several other Pierson athletes posted personal bests on the day, including Rose O’Donoghue, Alaina Goggin, and Elena Skerys.

Next up for the Lady Bonackers are two straight invitational meets at Sachem North on April 12 and at Connetquot on April 19.

Bumpy Road for Bonac Lacrosse

The East Hampton boys lacrosse team, which joins with players from Pierson and Bridgehampton, lost two games this week to fall to 1-4 in Division II Play. The Bonackers lost, 15-10, to Bayport-Blue Point on Friday, April 4 and 9-3 to Kings Park at home on Tuesday.

Pierson’s Sean Toole played well in goal against Kings Park and had 12 saves, but the team’s offense struggled to score. Pierson’s Drew Harvey had one goal and one assist while Jack Schleicher had one goal as well.

Against Bayport, Harvey had a big game on offense, scoring two goals to go along with four assists. Schleicher scored twice as well and Toole had 18 saves in goal. The Bonackers trailed by a single goal going in the fourth quarter, where they were outscored, 5-1.

A home game is scheduled for today, April 10, against Southampton at 4 p.m., followed by a road game at Westhampton on Monday at 3:30 p.m.

Laser Regatta Rescheduled for This Weekend

Due to excessive winds, the Breakwater Yacht Club in Sag Harbor rescheduled its Ice Breaker Regatta to this Saturday, April 12. There will be a skippers meeting at 1 p.m. followed by a schedule of six races, with courses to be set by a race committee boat.

For more information contact Marty Knab at 631-506-1243.

Lady Whalers Open Season with a Bang

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Emma Romeo is greeted by teammates after her sixth-inning homerun on Monday

Emma Romeo is greeted by teammates after her sixth-inning homerun on Monday

By Gavin Menu; photo by Kevin Duchemin

Playing in frigid conditions on their home field behind Pierson High School, the Lady Whalers and ace pitcher Sam Duchemin brought heat of their own to kick start the League V season.

Duchemin tossed seven complete innings, striking out three with no walks and just two hits, to shutout visiting Mattituck, 9-0, for the team’s first win of year.

Senior Emma Romeo hit a sixth-inning, two-run homerun to cap an impressive all around day for the Lady Whalers’ offense. Freshman Lottie Evans, hitting in the lead-off spot, hit a three-run triple in the fourth inning to open the floodgates for Pierson, which had been struggling to create offense until that point.

“We really didn’t come alive until the fourth inning,” head coach Melissa Edwards said. “If was a first game jitters kind of thing.”

Duchemin got in trouble in the top of the fourth as Mattituck loaded the bases with two outs. In the next at-bat, she forced a lazy pop fly to first base, which Evans squeezed to close out the game’s first real threat.

Taylor Cox, Sabrina Baum and Zoe Diskin drew three straight walks off Mattituck pitcher Lisa Angell to load the bases for Pierson with one out in the bottom half of the fourth inning. Evans drove a triple to the fence to score all three, and came home herself on an RBI sacrifice fly off the bat of Romeo. Freshman Isabel Peters also scored in the inning to give Pierson a 5-0 lead.

Which was all Duchemin needed in the end, although she and her teammates celebrated the homerun by Romeo, the team’s senior leader and catcher.

“I thought it was going to be a pop-up it was so high,” said Edwards. “I think we looked okay today. But of course, I always expect them to play amazing.”

Pierson played at Babylon yesterday, March 26, and will host Mercy tomorrow, March 28, at 4:30 p.m. Port Jefferson will host the Lady Whalers on Monday, March 31, also at 4:30 p.m.

“There really isn’t any easy team we’re going to play,” Edwards said when asked about the road ahead. “We should have solid competition all along.”


Lady Whalers Riding High into New Season

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Leading the Pierson softball team this season will be, from left to right, Kasey Gilbride, Meg Schiavoni, Emma Romeo, Sam Duchemin, Zoe Diskin and Sabrina Baum.

Leading the Pierson softball team this season will be, from left to right, Kasey Gilbride, Meg Schiavoni, Emma Romeo, Sam Duchemin, Zoe Diskin and Sabrina Baum.

By Gavin Menu; photography by Michael Heller

There’s a bright and confident aura surrounding the Pierson softball team as it heads into the spring season. And rightfully so.

The Lady Whalers have returned almost their entire lineup from last year’s team, which advanced to the New York State Class C Final Four before losing to eventual state champion, Frewsburg, in the semifinal round. The returning players include co-captains Kasey Gilbride, Emma Romeo and junior pitcher Sam Duchemin, all who have championship pedigree to spare and high hopes of overcoming last season’s semifinal loss.

“They’re focused, they have their goals set, they know what they want to do,” head coach Melissa Edwards said this week, speaking specifically about her co-captains, who were part of the school’s state championship field hockey team in the fall. “They are the leaders of my team, but this is a team thing. There is an overall family aspect to it. This is a group effort, and they get that.”

Gilbride and Romeo return for their senior years after having played varsity for the last four seasons. Gilbride is the team’s “coach on the field,” according to Edwards, not to mention its best hitter and sure-handed shortstop.

“Kasey overall is the consummate athlete,” Edwards said. “She’s lights out in field hockey, but she’s a very good softball player as well. She has speed and power.”

Romeo, who was injured for most of field hockey season, returns as the starting catcher and battery mate to Duchemin, who should be one of the top pitchers in the league, if not Suffolk County.

“Pitching is the only thing I worry about in the offseason,” Edwards said. “But Sam plays travel all year long, and as long as she is throwing, that’s all that matters. Pitching has to be a year-round thing.”

Also returning to the infield this spring are juniors Sabrina Baum, at second base, and Meg Schiavoni, at third. Freshman Lottie Evans returns at first base, giving the Lady Whalers a formidable, albeit young, infield that is stacked with talent.

“We are a returning squad, but we’re still a very young returning squad with only two seniors,” Edwards said. “Meg Schiavoni has gotten so much better, and Sabrina is so much better as well. Lottie’s so strong, she’s tall, she’s got it all. My infield is insane.”

Edwards is also excited to bring back a strong core of returning players in the outfield, including junior Zoe Diskin and freshman Isabel Peters, who started last year as an eighth grader. Freshmen Cali Cafiero, Maizy Guyer and Mackenzie Beadenbeck will compete for time in the outfield as well.

The Lady Whalers’ charge upstate began last year with a win over Port Jefferson in a three-game Suffolk County Class C Championship series. Port Jeff has moved up to Class B this year, so the only teams that could stop Pierson from another county title are Southold-Greenport and Stony Brook. There are no Class C teams in Nassau County, so a win in Suffolk would advance Pierson straight to regional competition.

There has been a re-alignment with league play this season, and Pierson will compete in League V with all of the Suffolk’s Class B and Class C schools. The league season will begin this Monday, March 24, with a home game against Mattituck at 4:30 p.m.

“It’s pretty neat coming off the run we had last year,” Edwards said. “And there’s an expectation to go back. Kasey, Emma and Sam are doing a dynamic job of keeping everyone focused.”

“Overall this season, we’re very optimistic,” she continued. “Our goal is to go back to states and we’re working hard at it.”

Lady Whalers Claim Suffolk Hoops Title

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The Pierson girls basketball team celebrating its win over Southold in the Suffolk County Class C final on Tuesday.

The Pierson girls basketball team celebrating its win over Southold in the Suffolk County Class C final on Tuesday.

By Gavin Menu; photography by Michael Heller

Clearly there’s something special going on with the current class of female athletes at Pierson High School. For the third consecutive season dating back to last spring, the Lady Whalers are champions of Suffolk County.

This time it was the girls basketball program solidifying its return to prominence with a 54-49 victory over Southold in the Suffolk Class C Championship at Northport High School on Tuesday afternoon, giving the Lady Whalers their first county title in basketball since 2000. This coming on the heels of the program’s first League VIII title in 22 years.

“I told these girls we had a chance to be the best team in 20 years,” head coach Kevin Barron said. “And they ran with it.”

Next up for Pierson is the Suffolk B-C game this Saturday night at 6 p.m. against Hampton Bays at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, with the winner advancing to the Suffolk Small Schools title game against the Class A champion on Monday at Farmingdale State College at 5 p.m.

The Long Island Championship, likely to be played against Nassau’s Friends Academy, will double as a state regional semifinal on March 4 at 4 p.m., also at St. Joe’s.

Pierson withstood a barrage of three-point baskets by Southold in the first half on Tuesday and clawed back to overcome a 12-point first-half deficit in the game’s final two minutes.

Kasey Gilbride and Erica Selyukova, the staples who connect Pierson’s last three championship teams in softball, field hockey and basketball, were crucial down the stretch, with Gilbride, who played the entire fourth quarter with four fouls, hitting a reverse layup with 2:09 remaining to tie the game at 49 apiece. Moments later, a foul shot by Isabel Peters gave Pierson the lead, and Selyukova’s full-court baseball pass found a streaking Bridget Canavan, who put the Lady Whalers ahead by three with 13.3 seconds to play.

Selyukova, who finished 12 points and 16 rebounds, iced the game by hitting two foul shots with less than 10 seconds to play.

“You can ask anyone, even our opponents, and every team says they don’t know who to guard because we have so many great players,” said Gilbride, who led Pierson with 13 points. “It makes it really hard on our opponents.”

Canavan contributed a solid all-around game and finished with eight points, eight rebounds and four blocks. Senior Ashley Nill had four points off the bench, and May Evjen scored all nine of her points in the first half before fouling out with just over three minutes gone in the third quarter.

“I was nervous when May went out,” Barron said about Evjen, the team’s co-captain alongside senior Eilis Sheil. “She got that fourth foul so quickly, and I turned around to put in a sub, and she got her fifth.”

Barron praised Peters, who is just a freshman, for performing well in such a big game.

“Isabel stepped up, for a freshman, that was unbelievable,” Barron said. “Without her we would have been in deep trouble.”

Justina Babcock finished with 12 points for Southold and Carrie Gehring ended her decorated career with 11 points and 16 rebounds. Gehring’s fifth foul with 1:59 remaining gave Peters the foul shot with which she gave Pierson the lead for good.

Pierson Field Hockey Will Wait on Post Season Call

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By Gavin Menu

The postseason fate of the Pierson-Bridgehampton field hockey team this week was in the hands of Section XI, Suffolk County’s governing body of athletics, after the Whalers failed to finish in the top six of the Division III standings following two losses to top-ranked teams to end the regular season.

The Lady Whalers had a narrow hold on sixth place following a 3-0 loss to undefeated, division-leader Miller Place at home on Saturday, but a 2-1 loss to Rocky Point on the road Tuesday night dropped Pierson into seventh place with an 8-4 record behind Comsewogue, which picked up a big 1-0 win over third place Shoreham-Wading River on Tuesday.

Miller Place, Rocky Point, Shoreham, Southampton, Riverhead and Comsewogue will automatically qualify for the playoffs, either in Class A, B or C, because of their top-six finish. Rankings in the division are determined by power points, and Pierson’s total of 109.990 fell just short. The power rankings take into account things like strength of schedule, quality wins against higher ranked teams as well as unexpected losses against lower ranked teams.

Head coach Shannon Judge on Wednesday said she would petition the Section XI Seeding Committee for a playoff exemption and an opportunity to play rival Southampton for the Suffolk County Class C Championship on Tuesday, November 6 at Ward Melville High School. She said the ruling would come down tomorrow, October 26. If the Whalers are denied, Southampton would automatically become county champion.

“Because of the power ratings, petitions don’t usually go through,” Judge said on Wednesday. “But we beat Riverhead, we beat Southampton once and we beat Rocky Point once. We actually have a better record than Southampton.”

The Lady Whalers this season also beat the county’s only other Class C schools in Port Jefferson and Babylon, which both finished out of the top six in their divisions. Those wins coupled with Pierson’s split with Southampton, which finished 7-7 in division play, gives the Lady Whalers a 4-1 record against fellow Class C schools this year.

If the season does indeed come to an end, the Whalers would lose only one senior, Rachel Saidman to graduation. A strong junior class including Kasey Gilbride, Katherine Matthers, Emme Luck, India Hemby, Kirra McGowin and Emma Romeo would all return. Gilbride, in particular, has had a standout season and finished the regular season with the second highest individual scoring total on Long Island with 27 points on 20 goals and seven assists.

“I’m optimistic about the future,” Judge said, hoping that future includes a championship game against Southampton next month.

Lady Whalers Off to Promising Start

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By Gavin Menu

Most field hockey players and fall athletes in general will look sluggish at times early into a new season as they come around to the physical demands of playing full speed for an entire game. And then there is Kasey Gilbride.

Pierson-Bridgehampton’s all-everything junior midfielder was in overdrive from start to finish during a convincing 4-0 victory over Riverhead in the team’s season-opener at Mashashimuet Park on September 7. Gilbride dominated the action and scored a second-half goal that seemingly came straight from the barrel of a high –powered rocket launcher.

“Kasey played phenomenally,” head coach Shannon Judge said following the game.

Prior to her goal, which put the Lady Whalers up 2-0, Gilbride was angry over a no-call by the referee that would have resulted in a corner for the Lady Whalers. But rather than sulk, she immediately called for the ball at the top of the shooting circle and fired a laser two meters off the ground into the back of the Riverhead net. It was clear from that moment that the Lady Whalers, with Gilbride in the lead, would be a force to be reckoned with this 2012 season.

“She can be pretty intense,” Judge said of her junior captain. “She played very well today and she’s also a great teacher out there.”

The Lady Whalers improved to 2-0 in non-league play on Tuesday with a 6-0 win over Greenport/Southold/Shelter Island, with Gilbride netting three goals and two assists.

The team was scheduled to play Babylon in a non-league game on Wednesday after press time in a game that was important, according to Judge, since Babylon is a fellow Class C school from Division II, and a win would help her apply for a playoff exemption at the end of the season should Pierson fail to land in the top six in Division III, which is comprised of both Class B and Class C schools.

Against Riverhead, the Lady Whalers proved they would be more than just a team with one star player this season, getting solid play from their core group and goals from juniors India Hemby and Emme Luck and freshman Erica Selyukova, who rebounded another rocket shot from Gilbride for the first goal of her varsity career.

“Erica is going to be someone to watch in the future of Pierson athletics,” Judge said. “She has great athletic ability.”

Pierson had 18 shots on goal against Riverhead and dominated action on the offensive end with 10 corners to Riverhead’s three. Junior Emma Romeo, starting in goal for the first time, recorded the shutout with three saves while junior Katherine Matthers, who played limited minutes as she recovers from injuries, played well defensively.

Next up for the Lady Whalers is a game against rival Southampton at home on Wednesday, September 19 at 4:30 p.m.



Ladies Hit Rough Road

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Class B match-ups lead to three straight losses

By Andrew Rudansky

The Lady Whalers dropped their third straight game this week in a 15-0 mercy rule loss to the Babylon Panthers on Monday, April 30.

“It’s a very humbling day,” said Melissa Edwards, head coach of the Pierson/Bridgehampton varsity softball team after the home loss.

From the very first inning, the Lady Whalers were noticeably overpowered by the still-undefeated Panthers, (10-0). Currently Babylon ranks as the number-two Class B team in the state, according to the New York State Sportswriters Association.

The Lady Whalers started the game with a new-look defense, switching around most of the infield. Edwards brought Rebecca Speckenbach from the outfield in to third, switched Emma Romeo to second base, and put Kasey Gilbride in at short stop.

“It was just needed,” said Edwards, “the past four games we have just not played very well, we haven’t been doing the little things.”

Edwards added that the new lineup she has now will stay as is until the end of the season.

It didn’t take long for the the Panthers to exploit this new, untested infield, surging ahead in the third inning with a 11-run tear.

“We had errors at shortstop and around the infield, shots out to left field. It was like watching a ping pong game for a while there,” said Edwards after the game.

Freshman Sammy Duchemin started on the mound for Pierson/Bridgehampton, replacing the team’s number one pitcher Melanie Stafford. Duchemin finished with 2 strikeouts and 3 walks through the five-inning game.

Edwards decided to give Duchemin the starting spot after Stafford struggled through the past few games.

“[Melanie Stafford] wasn’t the Melanie I am used to from the past few games, so I thought we would do a switch,” said Edwards. “Sammy [Duchemin] has come in and done very well for us, I think she held her own, but we did not play very sound defense behind her.”

At the plate, the Whalers were only able to rack up 3 hits against Babylon pitcher Tiana Giuliano who tallied 8 strikeouts through the five innings.

Romeo had a double in the first inning, followed by Gilbride who hit a single in the same, however, both runners were left stranded. Catherine Musnicki singled in the second inning, but the Lady Whalers once again were unable to capitalize on the situation.

This loss to Babylon was the third in a row for the Lady Whalers, all of them coming from Class B teams. Pierson/Bridgehampton, a Class C team, has struggled this season when competing against the larger B schools.

Most recently the Lady Whalers lost to Bayport-Blue Point 10-4 on April 24, and then dropped to Mount Sinai 8-2 on April 25.

“We are almost done with our Bs, so we go back to playing our Cs,” said Edwards. “And you know that we play our Cs very soundly, we do very well against them.”

Section XI, the organizing body for Suffolk County high school athletics, schedules league matches between League VIII and VII, creating B-C interclass games throughout the year.

Before the recent three-game skid, the team started the year with an impressive 5-1 start. Now with a record of 5-4, the Lady Whalers are struggling to capture one of the League VIII playoff berths. Any team that reaches a .500 record of 8-8 is automatically given a spot in the post season.

The Whalers will need to win three of their remaining seven games to assure a fifth straight appearance in the post season. Edwards said that she is not worried, and feels her team can come back to form for their upcoming games.

“They are going to rebound, they better rebound,” said Edwards.

This week the Lady Whalers have a loaded schedule, they next travel to Stony Brook (2-8) on Friday, May 4 at 4:30 p.m. They will then move on to challenge League VII Mattituck on the following day, Saturday, May 5 at 2 p.m.

The Lady Whalers’ next home game will be held on Tuesday, May 8 at 4:30 p.m. when they host the Port Jefferson Royals (2-7).

Late Inning Heroics

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Pierson's Zoe Diskin beats the throw to home plate during the Lady Whalers vs. the Southampton Lady Mariners softball game at Pierson High School on Wednesday, 4/18/12

Pierson's Zoe Diskin beats the throw to home plate during the Lady Whalers vs. the Southampton Lady Mariners softball game at Pierson High School on Wednesday, 4/18/12

Ladies beat Southampton Mariners 3-1

By Andrew Rudansky

Despite a slow start, the Lady Whalers softball team defeated the Lady Mariners of Southampton after taking advantage of a series of errors in the fifth inning, giving the Lady Whalers a 3-1 win.

Despite coming away with the win, the Wednesday, April 18 game was a disappointment according to Lady Whalers Head Coach Melissa Edwards.

“I don’t think that we played well at all,” she said, “we didn’t hit, we weren’t able to attack this pitcher.”

Edwards, one of the most successful coaches at Pierson High School, was blunt in assessing her team’s performance and added she was afraid the Lady Whalers were getting complacent.

The win brings the Whalers up to a league VIII record of 5-1, which puts them half a game behind first place Center Moriches.

The Lady Mariners, on the other hand, have struggled so far this season in League VII, having a record of 1-4 going into Wednesday’s game.

Played under overcast, drizzling skies, the shutdown pitching and well executed defenses of both teams pushed the game along at a fast pace, keeping the game scoreless into the fifth inning.

Senior Melanie Stafford once again started for the Lady Whalers. She finished the game with a two hitter, with eight strikeouts and two walks. Stafford was pitching a no-hitter into the last inning before giving up a bunt single.

Rebecca Speckenbach was the first to score for the Lady Whalers when she ran into home on a misplayed pop fly hit by Julia Schiavoni.

A sacrifice pop fly by Sariah Cafiero allowed Catherine Musnicki to tag up and reach home, extending the Whalers lead to 2-0.

The Mariners fired back in the top of the sixth inning, when a shot to left center drove in a runner on a RBI single.

Up 2-1, Lady Whaler Bridget Canavan sent a whizzing grounder past the second baseman and into the outfield fence. The single allowed Emma Romeo to run in from second base to make the score 3-1, a game score that carried into the final inning.

Emma Romeo went 2-3 with two doubles in the game. Kasey Gilbride went 1-3 with a double, while Bridget Canavan also went 1-3 with an RBI double.

“We should have been beating this team better than that,” said Edwards. “That is my mentality, I don’t care if they are a bigger team than we are, we have to go after them.”

The Whalers next host Bayport-Blue Point on Tuesday, April 24 at 4:30 p.m. The next day on Wednesday, April 25 at 4:30 p.m. the Lady Whalers travel to compete against Mount Sinai.

Lady Whalers Top Lady Royals on Way to Finals

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By Andrew Rudansky

With a trip to the Suffolk County Class C championship game on the line, the Pierson/Bridgehampton Lady Whalers shined, beating the visiting Port Jefferson Lady Royals (6-6), 37-30, in the first round of the girls’ varsity basketball playoffs.

The game took place on Friday, February 17 at 5 p.m., part of a string of Section XI playoff games held at the Pierson High School gym. The game also marked the Lady Whalers’ seventh straight appearance in the Class C post season.

The Lady Whalers featured a more physical offense than their opponent, built off of post play on the inside by sophomore forward Bridget Canavan and junior guard Rachel Saidman.

This season the Pierson/Bridgehampton team averaged 31.7 points per game (ppg) in the regular season while allowing 36.4 points per game. The Lady Whalers did fair better in league VIII play, averaging 35.2 ppg, while allowing only 30 ppg.

In Friday’s win the team used this aggressive style of play to charge the lane, scoring easy layups and getting to the penalty line for free shots.

The first half started as a back-and-forth defensive slugfest, neither team allowing the other to lead by more than a few points. Pierson/Bridgehampton struggled to find their shot in the half, missing wide open jumpers and failing to convert on offensive rebounds. Luckily for the home team, their competitors were fairing just as poorly.

The Pierson Lady Whalers went to the locker room at the half with a 20-13 lead after they held the Lady Royals to just 2 points in the second quarter.

Coming out of the locker room, Port Jefferson scored 4 unanswered points and were looking like they were just getting streaky. This came to a grinding halt when the Lady Whalers answered with a dominant 10 point run of their own. The run was led by senior guard Sariah Cafiero, who finished with a team leading 8 points, 5 rebounds, 6 steals and 1 assist.

From there the Lady Whalers led by 10 or more for most of the second half, showing that their late season struggles were a thing of the past.

Saidman finished with 7 points, 4 rebounds and 1 steal. Junior guard Emily Hinz had a strong game as well with 6 points, 4 rebounds and 1 steal. Canavan and forward Julia Schiavoni both led the team with 8 rebounds each in the game.

The Pierson/Bridgehampton squad made several defensive mistakes in the game, handing out a flurry of poor fouls and putting the Port Jefferson team in the bonus early in the fourth quarter. However, even at the line the Lady Royals failed to produce, going 5-14 in the fourth quarter.

The Lady Whalers finished the regular season in third place with a record of 7-5 in League VIII, stumbling into the playoffs after they lost their last two league games.

This playoff win on Friday helped make up for the Lady Whalers’ disappointing performance in the team’s Senior Game, the last regular season home game, against the Stony Brook Bears on Monday, Feb. 13.

The team will face off against the undefeated first seed playoff team, the Southold Lady Settlers, on a neutral site at St. Josephs College in Patchogue. The game, played for the Suffolk County Class C title, will be held on Monday, February 20 at 8 p.m.

‘Canes Blow Through


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By Andrew Rudansky

Still riding high from their 51-24 victory over the visiting Port Jefferson Royals on December 10, the Pierson Lady Whalers varsity basketball team was brought back down to earth after finding themselves on the business end of a 54-18 beating at home by the Westhampton Lady Hurricanes on Saturday, December 17.

The Lady Whalers were stunned in the first quarter when they were outscored 26-0 by a Westhampton squad led by forward Kristen Polan. Polan scored nine of her game-high 13 points in the first.

For most of the first half the Hurricanes blew right through the Lady Whalers’ zone defense, and on the other side of the ball created turnovers and blocked shots that stifled the Whalers offense.

The Pierson squad, now with a record of 1-4, was without long-time head coach Dennis Case, who missed the game due to personal reasons. Replacing him as skipper for the game was assistant coach Kevin Barron. This game was Barron’s first time as head coach of the Lady Whalers.

While admitting that few things went right in the first half, Barron said there was a lot to like about the Lady Whalers in the game.

“They played a lot better in the second half,” said Barron. “And when we switched out of zone, I thought that our man-to-man defense showed a lot of promise.”

Bridget Canavan led the Lady Whalers with six points, while Emily Hinz, Katherine Matthers, Rachel Saidman and Abby Ruiz also contributed to the team’s offensive output.

“So I told them just now that that is a victory in our book,” said Barron, “I gave them a goal, hold them under 55, we held them to 54.”

The Lady Whalers traveled to McGann-Mercy yesterday to take on the Monarchs in another non-league matchup; however that game was not over as of press time.

After the winter break the girls will have another test when they head across the ferry to take on Kelsey McGayhey and the Shelter Island Lady Indians (1-2) on Tuesday, January 3 at 5:45 p.m.