When the top two high school girls basketball teams in Suffolk County League VII played on Wednesday, a close game was anticipated. Such a game never materialized.
League-leading Mattituck used its trapping defense to create points off turnovers and its rebounding prowess to pave the way to a 21-point victory over second-place Pierson/Bridgehampton. Liz Dwyer and Katie Hoeg scored 15 points each as the Tuckers rolled, 58-37, at Mattituck High School.
The Tuckers (10-1, 9-1) led from the early moments and broke the game open by scoring 12 straight points — including 4 of Brianna Perino’s 8 points — for a 25-10 lead.
Dwyer could have scored more. The sophomore forward shot 5 of 14 from the field and 3 of 8 from the foul line before exiting with 3 minutes 48 seconds left in the game. She also had 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot.
Hoeg, a senior guard, turned in 6 assists, 6 rebounds, 4 steals and 1 block to go with her point production.
Jane DiGregorio registered 9 points, falling a point short of matching her career-high number. Corinne Reda came down with 9 rebounds for the Tuckers.
Pierson/Bridgehampton (9-5, 5-2) received 14 points from Lily Kot. Nia Dawson added 8 points to go with 6 assists.
The Tuckers enjoyed a 38-27 rebounding advantage and used their quickness on defense to make 14 steals and force 24 turnovers by the Whalers.
The final score would have been even more one-sided had the Tuckers not struggled with their free throws. The made 7 of 18 of them.
Photo caption: Mattituck’s Emily Mowdy is fouled by Pierson/Bridgehampton’s Ana Sherwood late in the game. (Credit: Garret Meade)