It was a tough week for the Westhampton Beach boys and girls basketball teams.
Facing some of the tougher competition in their respective leagues, neither team could come up with a victory in three games. The Lady Hurricanes fell to 0-6 in League VI, 0-11 overall, after losses to Elwood/John Glenn, Shoreham/Wading River and Miller Place, while the boys suffered the same fate against the same three teams, falling to 1-5 in League VI, 3-7 overall.
The Lady Canes started the week with a 54-27 home loss against Glenn, the undefeated league leader, on January 6. Westhampton Beach managed only three points in the first quarter, putting it in a hole it could not climb out of. Two days later, the Lady Canes fell 63-29 at Shoreham/Wading River before losing 60-32 at Miller Place on Saturday.
“This week we were pretty much overmatched,” Westhampton Beach head coach Mike Polan said. “Glenn and Shoreham are in the top five of Class A schools in Suffolk County. It was a struggle.”
Looking for bright spots in what has thus far been a tough season, Polan said he was pleased to see his players outscore Glenn in the second half even though by that time, the game was out of reach.
“We were getting blown out in the first half, so I told them to play one quarter at a time and if we can win one quarter, great,” he said. “We outscored them 24-19 in the second half so that was the bright spot of that game.”
Kristen Polan led the Lady Canes with 10 points while Nicole Komorowski finished with eight points.
In the loss to Shoreham, Westhampton Beach had difficulty scoring again in the first half, managing just 10 points while falling behind by 29 points.
“We were struggling offensively so we were trying to turn it up by trapping defensively to get easy offense,” Polan said. “That didn’t seem to be working either, and Shoreham is a good team.”
Polan led her team again with 13 points while Komorowski chipped in six points. The pair scored in double figures in the loss to Miller Place, with Polan notching 12 points and Komorowski contributing 10 points.
Polan said on Sunday that he was hopeful his team could end its drought soon, as the schedule got a little easier in terms of competition. The Lady Canes were scheduled to host Bayport/Blue Point on Tuesday and will host Mt. Sinai on Friday at 5:45 p.m.
“Now we’re into a part of the schedule where, hopefully, we can scratch out some wins,” Polan said. “We played a good game with Mt. Sinai last time at their place.”
Polan added that he’s been pleased with the play of both his daughter, Polan—who is a freshman—and Komorowski, a senior, who have been leading the team.
“Kristen is having a good year and she’s stepped up and so has Nicole,” he said. “I need some other people to step in and make things happen.”
Westhampton Beach suffered a pair of lopsided losses to two league foes, falling 84-51 at Glenn on January 6 before losing 61-45 to Shoreham at home, but the Canes were close in a 56-51 home loss to Miller Place on Saturday. A nine-point deficit in the second quarter was the difference in the loss to Miller Place. Michael Corrigan led all scorers with 21 points in that game while Tyler Jones added 20 points.
In the loss to Shoreham, a poor second quarter was again the difference maker, as the Canes could not come back from a 32-19 halftime deficit. Corrigan led four Canes players in double figures with 12 points. Jones finished with 11 points while Mark Podlas and Tyus Gholson each added 10 points.
Jones was the only player in double figures for Westhampton Beach against Glenn, finishing with 20 points. Glenn was led by Phil Izevbehai, who had a game-high 30 points.
The Canes were scheduled to visit Bayport/Blue Point on Tuesday and will visit Mt. Sinai on Friday for a 4:30 p.m. game. They will host Amityville on Tuesday at 6:15 p.m.