Last week, the Pierson/Bridgehampton girl’s varsity basketball team had a thrilling comeback while playing Southold; but this week the girls struggled against the ladies in Stony Brook.
The Lady Whalers did not have the stamina this week as they played on Stony Brook’s home court. Pierson put an end to their undefeated league VIII record, finishing behind Stony Brook 57-38, during last Wednesday’s game, giving the Whalers a 3-1 for their League VIII games overall.
“We were cold in the beginning,” varsity coach Dennis Case said, “It took us a while to get going, but I think we played very good.”
He said although the girls struggled a bit, they were able to narrow the score to 18-12 by the middle of the second quarter, and the Lady Whalers drove the ball down court five times that period, but didn’t follow through at the score board, said Case. “We were only down 11 at the half,” he continued. At that point the score was 27-18, Lady Whalers trailing.
“ [Stony Brook] had a total of nine threes,” Case said, “We had to play our “A” game to beat them,” he added.
Stony Brook found it hard to rebound against Pierson, with the Lady Whalers passing and running the ball well. But, according to the coach, Stony Brook just kept “shooting threes.”
“We played hard, it was a tough game,” he said, “We were only down six at that one point.”Â
Stony Brook had 12 two-pointers and the nine three-pointers to give them their lead, according to Case. Pierson senior Katie Oseicki had the only two three-pointers, which did not stand up to Stony Brook’s, which quadrupled that amount.
Oseicki was top scorer that game with a total of 12 points.
Two girls on the Stony Brook team were able to earn 44 of the 57 total points for their team.
“They were lights out,” Case said. “They were really on that night.”
Gabrielle Arondel, a senior, followed Oseicki with 10 points, and Bridgehampton senior Ala Pinckney followed with eight points.
The match-up this week will be the Lady Whalers at home versus the Shelter Island Indians on Friday at 5:45 p.m. Last time the Lady Whalers beat Shelter Island 51-39 on the Rock.
Pierson’s Junior Varsity girl’s basketball is not far behind their Varsity counterparts. Right now they are 3-2 in league games, losing their last game against Stony Brook 19-41. Last Monday, however, the girls beat Southold by 13 points, 33-20. JV played against the Ross School – who only has a JV team – on January 9, and beat them by two points, for a final score 25-23.
“We have five games left and are hoping to win four of them,” Coach Haley Luzim said on Wednesday.
She added that she believes they are “very capable of beating Mercy,” who they lost to the first time around.
“We must play our “A” game against Shelter Island and Ross,” she said, “They gave us a good fight last time we played them.”
She said the girls are practicing hard, and concentrating on their bank shots, rebounds and passes.
“I have seen a tremendous improvement from the first year players, many of which have gained ample playing time,” she added.