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
Not all losses are equal. Some are more or less painful than others. This one could be filed in the “less painful” category for the Mattituck High School girls basketball team.
Not that losses don’t hurt and any athlete with an ounce of competitiveness doesn’t mind losing, but sometimes the other team is just plain better, no ifs, ands or buts about it. That understanding can make a loss a little easier to digest.
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.
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.
Liz Dwyer doesn’t like to lose.
More importantly, she loves to win.
Liz Dwyer, captain of Mattituck High School’s girls basketball team, has many of the qualities that make for a good leader. Not only does she lead with her play on the court, but the junior forward has a knack for providing positive direction off the court. READ
A surprise treat awaited Liz Dwyer Thursday night.
The Mattituck junior received a gift from her teammates and coach during the Tuckers’ victory against Southold/Greenport: a jar of 1,000 peanut M&Ms. It was a fitting tribute for the talented scorer who had just surpassed 1,000 career points. READ
An unusual scenario unfolded on the first singles tennis court at Mattituck High School last Wednesday. Liz Dwyer was struggling.
That is indeed an odd sight because it doesn’t happen often.
The greatest season in Mattituck girls basketball history has been in the books since early March. But the accolades keep rolling in. READ