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All summer long, MSG Varsity brings you a recap of the past year in Long Island’s top high school sports. We’ll publish a new “Year in Review” article every Thursday. First up, we look back at the year that was in Long Island girls basketball.
El Gammal, a 6-2 senior center who spent five seasons on the Baldwin girls basketball team, made her intention to attend Brown University official on Friday during a ceremonial signing at Sportime in Lynbrook. It marked the culmination of an immensely successful high school tenure both on the court and in the classroom.
Hilaire, who led Long Island in scoring at 29.8 points per game last season while leading the Knights to a Long Island championship, said Seton Hall recruited her before she committed to Albany but never made an offer.
Instead of celebrating on the floor at the Times Union Center, the Long Island Lutheran players were slumped on their bench following a shocking 64-54 loss to Ossining in the ‘AA’ final Saturday night.
Check back and see what Dylan Butler, Elio Velez and Laura Amato said as they detail all the action from Day 2 of the NYS Federation basketball tournament.
Recap what Dylan Butler, Elio Velez, Laura Amato and Kevin Devaney Jr. said as they detail all the action from Day 1 of the NYS Federation basketball tournament.
Edmond drove, Mortensen raised her arms and the two crumpled to the court. The ball soon followed and Mortensen accomplished her goal as the Crusaders held on to beat the Friars, 41-40, in the New York State Federation Class AA girls basketball semifinal Friday at the Times Union Center.
Join Dylan Butler, Elio Velez, Laura Amato and Kevin Devaney Jr. as they detail all the action from Day 1 of the NYS Federation basketball tournament.
St. Anthony's had a chance to win at the buzzer in the New York State Class A Federation semis, but the Friars, and their five seniors, came up just short at the Times Union Center.
The New York State Federation Tournament, which starts on Friday morning, will crown champions in the final competitive weekend of the high school boys and girls basketball season.
At St. John Villa Academy (Staten Island) on Saturday, Goode and her St. Anthony’s teammates saw the sacrifice pay off. In a gritty contest in which the Friars stepped to the free-throw line 39 times, they defeated Monsignor Scanlan, 57-43, in the CHSAA Class AA championship to claim the team’s second state title in three years.
The Floral Park senior point guard led Long Island in scoring this season. She helped make those around her better. She put on dribbling and shooting displays that left defenders in shambles and crowds in amazement. She guided the Knights to their most successful season in school history.
Balletta was the perfect complement to Kaela Hilaire Friday as Floral Park defeated Rye, 61-55, in the state Class A semifinals at Hudson Valley Community College. The Knights advanced to the state championship game for the first time in the history of the girls basketball program.
Though Commack trailed throughout its 72-55 loss to Ossining on Friday night in the state Class AA semifinals at Hudson Valley Community College, the Cougars played as if a state title still was within reach until the very end.
St. Anthony's earned a trip to the CHSAA Class AA girls state final with a 59-51 semifinal win over Christ the King on Friday night in Staten Island. The Friars await Monsignor Scanlan in the championship game after the Crusaders won 59-51 over Cardinal O'Hara.
The Tuckers’ historic season concluded after an impressive shooting display by Marlboro. Missy Sadlor’s jumper gave Marlboro, which led 39-24 at the half, its largest lead at 49-28 with just under four minutes remaining in the third. Dwyer hit two free throws and Hoeg drained a three to pull Mattituck within 49-33.
Though East Rockaway fell to Pine Plains, 48-38, in a Class C girls basketball regional final at St. Joseph’s College, Drevnyak recorded a triple-double with 17 points, 20 rebounds and 14 blocks.
Kaela Hilaire packed her personal stat line, racking up a game-high 26 points, to lead Floral Park to a 62-53 victory over Islip in the Long Island 'A' Championship at St. Joseph's College on Saturday.
Commack is heading back to the New York State semifinals after defeating Baldwin 40-33 in the Long Island Champinoship Saturday at St. Joseph's College.
Baldwin and Commack have both won multiple county titles and come into today's tilt riding impressive win-streaks. The two teams will put it all on the line in the Long Island 'AA' Championship Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on #MSGV_Live.
While the Friars accomplished a goal by capturing the NSCHSAA title with a 79-51 win over St. Mary’s at Hofstra’s Mack Sports Complex Tuesday night, it wasn’t THE goal.
The NSCHSAA girls basketball title is on the line when St. Anthony’s takes on St. Mary’s at Hofstra’s Mack Sports Complex Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. live on MSGVarsity.com.
But this time it was fans who had stormed the court to engulf her. This was just moments after Hilaire had 37 points and seven assists to lift No. 2 Floral Park to a 60-49 win over top-seeded Elmont on Saturday in the Nassau Class A girls basketball championship game at Adelphi University.
Baldwin (18-2), ranked No. 15 in MSG Varsity’s tri-state poll, lead wire-to-wire and played like the juggernaut team that steamrolled through the Nassau ‘AA’ playoffs. Baldwin’s average margin of victory has been by 37 points-per-game. (Calhoun, Syosset, Massapequa).
The boxscore showed Corso scored five points. Yet that hardly represented her contributions Friday in Commack’s 51-44 win over Islip in the Suffolk overall championship at Stony Brook University.
Massapequa and Baldwin face off on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. for an chance to win the Nassau 'AA' crown and earn an chance to meet Commack in the Long Island championship.
The lessons Oberg learned showed Wednesday night in Islip’s 64-46 win over Mattituck in the Suffolk Small School championship at Suffolk CCC-Brentwood. Oberg — who at 6-2 is capable of breaking the press, establishing post position, hitting the three, and attacking the basket — had 18 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.
Long Island Lutheran, ranked No. 5 in the Tri-State, didn't lead wire-to-wire, but the Crusaders still controlled the game, holding Gill St. Bernard's to its lowest scoring performance of the season in Tuesday's 67-33 victory.
Kelly McKeveny hit four three-pointers in the fourth quarter, leading Sachem East to a 54-44 victory over Copiague in the Suffolk 'AA' semifinals at Stony Brook University on Sunday.
The top-seeded Spartans outlasted No. 5 Garden City, 34-27, in Sunday’s Nassau A girls basketball semifinal at LIU Post despite a challenging defensive effort from the Trojans.
Jackie DelliSanti recorded her third 20-plus point game of the postseason and Commack's defense stepped up en route to a 58-44 victory over Kings Park in the Suffolk Class AA semifinals at Stony Brook on Sunday.
Hilaire, who could be seen blowing her nose on the sideline between teammates’ free throws, had 39 points, eight assists and five steals in No. 2 Floral Park’s 69-62 win over No. 3 North Shore in a Nassau Class A semifinal Sunday at LIU Post.
The Buccaneers did so Friday night as the 6-1 van Poelgeest scored 21 points and the 6-2 Oberg added eight points and 10 rebounds to help No. 2 Islip defeat No. 4 Harborfields, 52-41, in the Suffolk Class A championship game at Suffolk County CC-Selden.
Aziah Hudson and Jenna Annecchiarico, both sophomores, combined for 43 points, sparking Baldwin out of an early slump en route to a 61-37 victory over Syosset in the Nassau 'AA' semifinals
The two have catapulted the Tuckers to their first county championship season. On Saturday, Dwyer and Hoeg drove to the hoop and continued finding each other for easy baskets. They are determined to keep this historic season going as long as possible.
Sheerin had 11 points, seven rebounds and four steals, and played tenacious defense to help the Vikings (17-3), the defending Long Island champions, advance to the semifinals against Floral Park on Sunday at 2 p.m. at LIU Post. Given her longevity, Sheerin was asked what has made North Shore so dominant the last few seasons.
Kacey Burden was an offensive force to be reckoned with, driving the lane and hitting the go-ahead shot with 21.3 seconds in OT, to lead Carle Place to a 62-58 victory over Oyster Bay in the Nassau 'B' final on Wednesday.
Hilaire reached the milestone with 5:15 left in the second quarter. She finished the game with 2,029 points. Bethany LeSueur, who played for Garden City from 1996-2001, has 3,167 points and is the sole member of the 3,000 point club, according to Newsday records.
Danielle Patterson shook off foul double to score the game-winning layup with one second left in the fourth quarter to lift Mary Louis Academy to a43-42 win over No. 5 ranked Long Island Lutheran in a non-league girls basketball game Thursday in Flushing.
Oyster Bay and Carle Place square off for the third time this season, but now there's a Nassau 'B' championship on the line, Thursday at 10 a.m. on #MSGV_Live.
Dawson scored a season-high 23 points to lead No. 2 Pierson/Bridgehampton to a 69-50 win over top-seeded Port Jefferson in the Suffolk Class C championship game at Riverhead High School.
North Shore continues to roll, advancing to the Nassau Class A quarterfinals. Find out who joins the Vikings in this week's LI girls basketball power rankings
Harris, a junior guard, returned to Hills West this year after spending one year at Upper Room Academy. Despite facing regular double-teams and face-guarding defenders, she entered the regular-season finale on Tuesday leading Suffolk County in scoring at 26 points per game. She transformed the Colts from a 3-15 team to a 13-6 team headed to the postseason for the first time since 2008.
Ashlie Howell has been playing at a whole new level since committing to St. Peter's and it's sparked her entire team, most recently in Friday's 69-55 victory over Long Island Lutheran.
The girls showed off their chemistry yesterday as Tiffany had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Taylor added 11 points in Kings Park’s 61-44 win over Half Hollow Hills West. “We know where each other are at all times,” Tiffany said. “It’s like we have the same brain.”
The Riverhead senior had 21 points and 14 rebounds on her Senior Night in Thursday’s 74-32 win over visiting Centereach in Suffolk III. Dunn, who worked relentlessly under the basket, was physically and mentally drained after the game.
Every day before her classes start, Alexa Mattera gets to the school early and goes straight to the gym. But she doesn’t go to work on her jumper. She goes to help special education students work on theirs.
Senior Sarah Mortensen and sophomore Grace Stone pumped in 24 points apiece, each in their own unique style, to power Long Island Lutheran to a 70-55 victory over Manasquan at the Coaches Choice USA NY/NJ Challenge
The Baldwin guard dazzled her way to 19 points and five steals, leading the Bruins to a 68-27 win over host Hicksville on Friday night in Nassau AA-II. She converted layups in traffic that left fans shaking their heads in disbelief.
Long Island Lutheran, ranked No. 6 in the Tri-State and No. 1 on Long Island by MSG Varsity, won the physical battle, and the game, in Friday's 75-50 victory over Nazareth.
Cosgrove, a 6-4 sophomore, was dominant on the low block with 27 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks. Aspuru, a 6-0 junior, helped get the ball inside to Cosgrove, and scored 10 of her 12 points in the second half.
Hilaire not only had 30 points and 10 assists, but helped contain Zaffiro as Floral Park defeated North Shore, 64-52, in a girls basketball game to move into a tie for first in Conference A-III.
That Zaffiro already finds her name at the top of North Shore’s scoring list with more than two full seasons remaining shows her offensive prowess. With her limitless range and ability to attack the basket, she is currently second in scoring in Nassau with 28.5 points per game.
Jones-Pack wasted no time Tuesday night showing off those post moves and the basketball genes that run in her family. She scored 17 of her season-high 30 points in the first quarter to propel St. Anthony’s to a 69-41 win over host St. Mary’s in CHSAA girls basketball.
Fraternal twins Jenna and Julia Siler led the host Vikings to a 48-37 win over Friends Academy in Nassau A-IV Tuesday night. Jenna scored a game-high 18 points (11 rebounds), while Julia had seven points and five assists.