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02/08/19 2:38pm
02/08/2019 2:38 PM

The similarity was sickening to Steve Van Dood.

Once again, the Mattituck High School girls basketball team played Pierson/Bridgehampton/Shelter Island. Once again, Pierson prevailed, 38-32, Thursday night. And, once again, dismal shooting by Mattituck enabled the Whalers to sink the Tuckers. READ

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02/07/19 9:44pm
02/07/2019 9:44 PM

The Mattituck High School girls basketball players have a way of getting pumped up for games. They huddle up and chant.

“It’s called, ‘Sink Your Teeth, Draw Blood,’ ” senior forward Julie Seifert said. “It’s a little aggressive, but we all chant it.”

Not that the Tuckers really needed added motivation Thursday night in their final regular-season game. A share of the Suffolk County League VI championship was at stake — not to mention a chance for a bite of revenge in their biggest game of the season to this point. READ

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02/05/19 8:41pm
02/05/2019 8:41 PM

It was difficult, almost impossible, for the Mattituck High School girls basketball team not to look ahead to its regular-season finale, a showdown with Pierson/Bridgehampton/Shelter Island on Thursday night that will determine the Suffolk County League VI champion(s).

“We definitely got that in the back of our minds and want to prove to Pierson who we are,” said Mattituck forward Ashley Perkins. READ

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01/11/19 9:41pm
01/11/2019 9:41 PM

Of all the names that filled Mattituck’s scorebook Friday night, there were no players named Mayhem, Chaos or Havoc. Coach Steve Van Dood joked that perhaps there should be, given the way his high school girls basketball team plays.

For all the new players Mattituck has — and despite the fact that the Tuckers lost six players to graduation, including all five starters — they still play the same game. Their pressure defense forces turnovers, turning steals into easy layups. READ

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01/04/19 9:40pm
01/04/2019 9:40 PM

Not only did the Mattituck High School girls basketball team lose its all-time leading scorer, Liz Dwyer, to graduation last year, but the Tuckers lost all five of their starters from last season. One might have expected them to hit a number of stumbling blocks and experience a good deal of growing pains as they adjusted this season to life after Dwyer.

So, is that how things have shaken out?

Not really. READ

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12/17/18 11:43pm
12/17/2018 11:43 PM

Slowly, but surely, this Mattituck High School girls basketball team is forging an identity for itself.

The Tuckers have become a hard-hosed defensive side that makes the opposition work for its points while turning turnovers into key baskets.

Just ask Babylon, which entered Monday night’s Suffolk County League VI encounter undefeated in four league games while outscoring its foes by an impressive 16.5-point margin. READ

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11/28/18 5:42am
11/28/2018 5:42 AM

And now the post-Liz Dwyer era begins.

With its 45-26 loss to Carle Place in last year’s Long Island Class B final, the Mattituck High School girls basketball team bid farewell to Dwyer, their all-time leading scorer who graduated with 1,821 career points over five seasons.

But Mattituck has lost more than Dwyer. The Tuckers lost six players from last season’s 19-4 team to graduation and don’t return a single starter. READ