Mackenzie Daly had to have mixed emotions. The Mattituck High School girls basketball team had reached the Southeast Region Class B final for a second year in a row and Daly was there. The thing was, she was sitting on the bench in street clothes with a clipboard in her hand, keeping statistics, not playing, which she would have preferred. READ
It was going to take a good high school girls basketball team to end Mattituck’s season. Perhaps a team like Mattituck, only better.
That team was Irvington.
Haven’t we been here before?
Yes, we have. Well, not literally. Last year this game was at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue. On Monday it was at SUNY/Old Westbury. But it was the same stage of the playoffs (a Long Island Class B girls basketball final), with the same two teams (Mattituck and Carle Place) and, yes, the same result (a Mattituck victory).
Of course, what was different was how it was achieved.
With a Long Island Class B girls basketball championship on the line, Carle Place eighth-grader Erin Leary received a pass from Leah Burden in the right corner and let loose a shot as time expired. It hit nothing but net.
Initially, some on the Mattituck side believed it to be a three-pointer.
Liz Dwyer’s heart sank. “I almost started crying,” said the junior forward.
The Mattituck Tuckers know their ABCs. It’s just that like their opponents Tuesday night, the Mount Sinai Mustangs, they had never won a Suffolk County Class A-B-C title before.
Mount Sinai chalked that off its bucket list, though, thanks to some inspired play from Veronica Venezia and Gabriella Sartori. They scored 14 points each to help beat Mattituck, 59-42, at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood.
So, Corinne Reda was asked, what is your role on the Mattituck High School girls basketball team this coming season?
“To help us win,” she answered before the team’s first preseason practice on Monday. READ
As the new girls soccer coach at Mattituck High School, Rafael Morais has a familiar goal — to win the Suffolk County Class B title.
As someone who has college coaching experience, Morais also has a more imposing goal — to prepare his players for their next big challenge in life.
Mattituck/Greenport/Southold coach Matt Maloney was understandably a little uneasy about starting the high school girls lacrosse season with only 14 field players, among them a less than grand total of four defenders.
But that foursome — a senior, a junior and two sophomores — has been staunch. Early on, a nickname was born: the “Core Four.”
Early in the Long Island Class B girls basketball final, it was evident that neither team was going to be given a free pass to the Southeast Region final.
The fact that it had never won a Suffolk County championship before made the occasion all the more sweeter for the Mattituck High School girls basketball team.