There are different eras, certainly, and different generations, which makes it hard to make definitive “best ever” statements. But, when all is said and done, Alexis Fotopoulos could go down as arguably the best girls basketball player ever at Hampton Bays.
Last week, the senior solidified herself in Hampton Bays history, scoring 33 points in a 78-22 rout at home over Mercy (League VII), giving her 1,717 career points and surpassing Andrea Dwyer’s 27-year record of 1,716 career points.
Fotopoulos, who will be playing women’s basketball at Adelphi University next year, broke the school record on her final basket of the game, a three-pointer, in the fourth quarter. Fellow senior Hannah Reed, who is looking to break the 1,000-point milestone this season, scored 24 points in the non-league victory.
Fotopoulos said she was told at halftime that she was close to breaking the record. Always looking out for team goals ahead of individual accolades, Fotopoulos was happy to break the record early in the season so she can put all of her focus on winning. But now she can honestly put herself as one of the best players to ever go through the program.
“I have to be one of the best, but we’re all different, we’re all up there,” she said, speaking about the top scorers in school history. She added that it was exciting when she broke the record. “That’s a big accomplishment,” she said. “I think it felt good and relieving at the same time.”
Fotopoulos will now set her sights on the 2,000-point milestone, a very elite club that only 20 players across all of Long Island are part of, according to Newsday. As long as she stays healthy, Fotopoulos should join that group at some point this season—she’s scored 500 points or more the past two seasons. Arella Guirantes of Bellport was the last Long Island player to score 2,000 points, finishing her career last season with 2,201 points.
“Individually that’s my next goal,” Fotopoulos said. “It’s not my number one goal, but if I could get that on the way that would be awesome.”
Before the non-league victory over Mercy, Hampton Bays won another non-league game, 52-31, at Southold/Greenport (League VII) on December 1. The Lady Baymen had a 25-14 lead at halftime and increased it with a 17-8 third quarter. Fotopoulos led the way with 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Reed scored eight points while sophomore Mackenzie Tyler and freshman Anna Rose Dean each scored seven points.
Hampton Bays opened its League VI schedule on Tuesday at Elwood/John Glenn and returns home today, Thursday, to face Mount Sinai at 5:45 p.m. The Lady Baymen play at Miller Place on Tuesday, December 15, at 4 p.m.
The Hampton Bays boys basketball team got off to a slow start, dropping both of its non-league games last week. After losing, 53-24, at home to Hauppauge (League IV) on December 1, the Baymen lost, 33-29, at home to Port Jefferson (League VIII) on Friday night.
Hampton Bays had a chance to pick up a win over Port Jeff. Andrew Hafemeister made two free throws in the final seconds of the first half to give the Baymen a 13-12 lead at halftime, but they fell behind by 10 points in the second half and never recovered. Senior Matt Rinaldi led the team with nine points and senior Tyler Carbone had seven rebounds.
The issue in both losses was poor shooting. The Baymen shot 10 for 51 in the loss to Port Jeff and 9 for 45 in the loss to Hauppauge. Also, four of the 13 Baymen turnovers in the loss to Port Jeff occurred in the fourth quarter.
“We’ve been way too reliant on outside shooting,” Hampton Bays head coach Pete Meehan said. “We’re just settling for early, available shots and being a little bit inpatient. Once we got behind we got into a little bit of an urgency mode.”
Hauppauge came out on fire in the season opener for both teams last week, hitting three three-pointers in the first five possessions, seven overall in the first quarter, to take a 25-4 lead. Carbone had eight points in the loss and Rinaldi had six rebounds.
The Baymen hosted Elwood/John Glenn on Tuesday and will be at Mount Sinai, today, Thursday, at 4:30 p.m. They will return home this Saturday, December 12, to host Shelter Island (League VIII) in a non-league game at 4 p.m. and will host Miller Place on Tuesday, December 15, at 6:15 p.m.