Even with two starters having bad shooting nights, the Pierson girls basketball team had enough firepower on offense to defeat an improved Mercy team 56-47 in Riverhead on Friday. The victory boosted the Lady Whalers’ record to 5-1 in League VIII, 8-4 overall, good enough for second place.
“We had two shooters, Sami James and Sarah Barrett, who were very cold but we still scored 56 points,” Pierson head coach Dennis Case said, adding that it was the second highest scoring output of the season for his team. The Lady Whalers scored 61 points in a win over Shelter Island on January 23.
Case also gave credit to Mercy for what he said was a vastly improved effort over what he had seen the first time the two teams played. In that game on January 6, Pierson cruised to an easy 52-22 win.
“They played very well,” Case said. “The last time we played they couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn.”
Still, the Lady Monarchs didn’t have quite enough to get past Pierson, which got a good effort from senior guards Katie Osiecki and Ala Pinckney as well as forward Gabby Arondel. Osiecki led the team with 17 points while Arondel scored 12 and Pinckney finished with 11. Barrett and James both contributed eight points despite their shooting troubles.
The Lady Whalers have just two games left, a road matchup against Southold (1-4) on Thursday, February 5, at 6:15 p.m. and a home game against undefeated league leader Stony Brook (6-0) to close out the regular season on February 9, also at 6:15. Southold had three games remaining as of Monday and needed to win all three to qualify for the postseason. Currently, only Pierson and Stony Brook have clinched playoff berths in Class C, but if the Lady Clippers can sneak in, they’ll face Pierson at home in a first-round game. If Southold does not qualify, the Lady Whalers and Lady Bears will square off for the Class C county title on Friday, February 20, at Center Moriches High School at a time to be decided.
In their first meeting of the season, the Lady Whalers lost to Stony Brook 57-38 on the road.