Defense Leads Lady Whalers; Boys Split Games

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The Pierson girls basketball team improved to 3-1 on the season after a 43-21 non-league home win over East Hampton (0-3) on Friday.

Defense was the key for the Lady Whalers, who held East Hampton to just three points in the first quarter and did not allow any Lady Bonackers to score in double figures.

“I was pleased with the defensive effort by the girls and how they weren’t intimidated by the physical play by East Hampton,” Pierson head coach Kevin Barron said. “The game was sloppy at times because there were a lot of fouls but the girls managed to prevent East Hampton from scoring in the double digits in any quarter.

“They have really bought into the defensive attitude that we’ve focused on since day one,” Barron continued.

Nia Dawson led Pierson with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Lily Kot had 15 points. Katie Kneeland added nine points. East Hampton was led by Jacqui Thorsen with seven points.

The Lady Whalers will host Sayville for a non-league game on Friday at 4:30 p.m. and will travel to Port Jefferson on December 21 for a league game at 4:30 p.m. They will play in the Coaches Vs. Cancer Tournament at Westhampton Beach on December 28.

Pierson Boys

The Whalers earned their first win of the season in a non-league game at Ross on Thursday, cruising to a 62-35 win. On Saturday, the Whalers dropped a 50-36 game at home against Stony Brook, moving to 0-2 in League VIII, 1-3 overall.

Pierson head coach Dan White was happy with the effort against Ross.

“We were effective with pressure in the full court defensively,” he said. “I thought our guys brought an energy to their overall play that I have not seen out of them, which was nice.”

The team had balanced scoring, with Sean Sloane, Andrew James, Will Martin and Stephen Musnicki all scoring between eight and 15 points. White added that his team forced 25 turnovers against Ross.

The Whalers took on a much more talented team in Stony Brook on Saturday and could not overcome the combination of a slow start and bad fourth quarter. Pierson was outscored, 14-4, in the first frame, and then managed only three points in the fourth.

“They’re a solid team,” White said of Stony Brook. “In watching the film I felt we played well enough to put ourselves in a position to have a shot at the end, but we didn’t capitalize on opportunities. We missed shots from close range and had some costly turnovers late that turned into points for them. Their size bothered us in transition and in our drives to the rim.”

Musnicki led Pierson with 15 points in the loss.

The Whalers will play in the SYS Holiday Tournament on Friday against Floyd at 6 p.m. at Southampton High School and will host Shelter Island on December 22 for a league game at 6:15 p.m. They will compete in a tournament at Center Moriches High School on December 28.

Southampton Girls

The Southampton girls basketball team started the season on Friday night, taking a 42-10 loss at home to Mercy (2-0, 2-1) in a League VII game. The Lady Mariners were scheduled to host Babylon on December 16 and will host Wyandanch on December 19 at 2 p.m.

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