The Southampton girls basketball team defeated Port Jefferson 40-32 at home on January 6, but lost the two games that followed, as its record fell to 1-4 in League VII and 3-8 record overall this season. The Lady Mariners were downed 73-31 at Wyandanch on Monday night after falling 41-35 at Center Moriches on Thursday. Both Wyandanch and Center Moriches are considered contenders for the league title.
Port Jefferson held its own against Southampton and led 19-15 at the half, but the physically small Lady Mariners came back strong, outscoring Port Jeff 11-7 in the third quarter and racking up another 14 points to their opponents’ six points in the fourth. Senior guard and team captain Leah Eleazer led the team with 18 points, including three three-pointers, six assists and six steals. Junior forward Miranda Alvarado followed with eight points, and sophomore guard Nicole McGuinness and eighth-grade center Kesi Goree each scored seven. Goree also helped her team get the win with nine rebounds, while Port Jeff’s 32 points were scored by only three players on the team.
Against Center Moriches, the Lady Mariners fell behind 32-17 at halftime and could not recover. Southampton was unable to bounce back despite cutting the lead by four points in the second half. Eleazer led the team in scoring with 14 points and Alvarado scored eight points, including two three-pointers.
Eleazer is the team’s top scorer overall, with 121 points this season. Alvarado follows her with 83 points in 11 games.
Against Wyandanch, Southampton was dominated for the first three periods, starting with a discouraging 27-11 deficit in the first quarter that only compounded over the next two. The Lady Mariners’ small consolation was winning the fourth quarter 13-10, but the team could do little to stop Wyandanch, which more than doubled Southampton’s final score.
Leandra McGuinness led the Lady Mariners with nine points, followed by Goree with seven.
The Lady Mariners are scheduled to play the 7-4 Lady Tuckers in Mattituck at 7 p.m. on Friday and the 4-6 Lady Baymen in Hampton Bays on Tuesday.