FIRST SETTLERS 62, CRUSADERS 22
Southold coach Amanda Barrilo could not have gotten a better send-off from her girls basketball team on Thursday.
In Barrilo’s final game as coach, the First Settlers recorded a 62-22 victory over visiting Smithtown Christian, clinching sole possession of first place in Suffolk County League VIII. It is the team’s first league title since 2005. Barrilo is leaving for a teaching job in North Carolina. Southold’s junior varsity coach, Katie Hennes, will take over the varsity reins.
The First Settlers (12-5, 11-0) grabbed a 15-2 lead after the first quarter as they forced Smithtown Christian (3-8, 2-8) into 15 turnovers in that period. Senior guard Lauren Ficurilli scored 6 of her game-high 16 points in the quarter. Nicole Busso added 12 points and Melissa Rogers and Abby Scharadin each contributed 11.
Southold will host Pierson in its regular-season finale on Tuesday.