As a deep freeze continued to envelop Long Island, Mattituck didn’t freeze in the big moment. Instead, Mackenzie Daly iced things for the Tuckers down the stretch.
Just three days into the new year, Mattituck put itself in the driver’s seat in the race for the Suffolk County League VII girls basketball championship. Daly made a one-handed floater and then sank 3 of 4 free throws in the final 7.9 seconds to secure a hard-earned 40-36 triumph at Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School in Riverhead Wednesday night. READ
Things go better with Mac.
That’s just the way it is. The Mattituck High School girls basketball team has shown that it can win without its savvy point guard, Mackenzie Daly. That, of course, isn’t the preferable route. The Tuckers would much rather have a happy, healthy Daly on the court, handling the ball, setting the tempo and running the offense. READ
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
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
First Marlboro shot the lights out. Then the lights went out on the greatest high school girls basketball season Mattituck has ever enjoyed.
Where is the respect?
That is what the Mattituck High School girls basketball team must have been wondering when the latest New York State Sportswriters Association ranking of the top 25 Class B teams in the state came out and the Tuckers were nowhere to be found on the list.
To call her “Big Mac” would be too much, but at the same time, Mackenzie Daly is surely not “Little Mac” any more. READ
Mattituck freshman point guard Mackenzie Daly has been getting playing experience in her first varsity season. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)
The candidates for the Mattituck High School girls basketball team were gathered in a circle after tryouts, listening with hope as coach Steve Van Dood read off the list of players who had made the varsity team. Among those waiting and hoping was Mackenzie Daly, a freshman point guard who had played junior high school basketball last season.
Daly did not have to wait long, though, to hear what she wanted to hear. As Daly recalls, she believes hers was the first name Van Dood read out. (more…)