The Hampton Bays girls basketball team defeated Shelter Island at home Tuesday by a 50-29 score. The win followed a 48-28 loss at Pierson on Friday and 51-37 loss at Stony Brook on Saturday.
The win against Shelter Island reassured Hampton Bays head coach Dave Goodman that his team is moving in the right direction.
“It was good to see that because we had a couple of tough nights,” he said referring to the two losses. “We did well. It made me feel good. We are where I thought we were. We need to improve a lot more, but I do think we have the talent and the strength and the size to compete with the other teams in our league.”
After building a 21-13 first quarter lead, Hampton Bays held Shelter Island to single-digit quarters the rest of the game.
Junior center Rachel Tufano led all Lady Baymen scorers with 17 points and eight rebounds while junior forward April Bennett scored 13 points and had nine rebounds. Junior guard Samantha Carey chipped in with six points, three assists and six steals.
In the loss to Pierson, Goodman said he thought his team had a great chance of picking up a win in the team’s first game of the season. The guards were able to put the ball into Tufano at the post but she was not able to capitalize on most of her shots and the score at halftime had the Lady Whalers clinging to a 19-18 lead.
Quickly after the second half started Pierson jumped out to a three-point lead and Sam Carey picked up her fourth foul by going in hard for a loose ball. At that same moment, Tufano tweaked her ankle and both players, two of the team’s three captains, had to come off the floor. Both players were out no more than four minutes but by the time they could return Pierson had built a 14-point lead and the Lady Baymen couldn’t recover.
“The younger players that were playing were looking for their two main leaders but they weren’t there,” Goodman said.
Bennett had 10 points for the Lady Baymen while Tufano had eight.
Against Stony Brook, Goodman went into the game expecting it to be tough for his team since Stony Brook returned all of its players from last season, including Danielle and Andraya Spiliotis, who are both at least 6-feet tall, Shannon Burke and Sadie Singer. To pull of the major upset, Hampton Bays was going to need all hands on deck, but Bennett went down with the flu at the start the game and Tufano quickly accrued three fouls and had to come out.
Down 15 points at halftime, with Bennett and Tufano still out, Goodman turned to his younger players.
“I told the younger players, ‘Listen, this is a great team. We don’t have Rachel. April is sick. Just go out there and play hard.’”
After a few defensive stops and some transition baskets, Hampton Bays found itself down 11 points with 3:42 left in the game. As some of the starters were able to come back in and contribute the Lady Baymen cut Stony Brook’s lead to single digits for a short period of time before Danielle Spiliotis hit a three-pointer to put the game away for the Lady Bears.
After the loss, Stony Brook head coach Keith Singer came up to Goodman and told him that once his girls settle down he wouldn’t want to face them in the second half of the season.
“That’s what I want to hear because I think I can bring these kids along and they can get better,” Goodman said.
Freshman guard Theresa Carey had a team-high 10 points against Stony Brook while senior forwards Marissa Raimo and Kait Cooper had five points each.
Hampton Bays continued its non-league schedule Tuesday at Sayville. The Lady Baymen’s next game will be a league match up against Southampton Tuesday, December 16, at 7 p.m.