The Hampton Bays girls basketball team has beaten its opponents by an average of 39.8 points so far this season, and head coach Pat McGunnigle said he doesn’t mind winning big against weaker opponents, as long as his team shows improvement from game to game.
“As long as they do it the right way, such as with teamwork by passing the ball,” he said. “We’ve been getting better and better in those type of wins, because we’re coming together as a team. We’ve run our offense, and I’ve been really happy with them the last two games.”
Last week, the Lady Baymen continued their dominance over its opponents with a 74-24 non-league victory over Mercy at home on December 17 and a 99-32 victory at Wyandanch in a League VII contest on Friday.
Hampton Bays assistant coach Kim Van Bourgondien told McGunnigle that she turned around to talk to someone for a minute at the Wyandanch game last week, and the next thing she knew Hampton Bays was leading 10-0. McGunnigle said it was because his team puts a lot of pressure on the opponent with a full-court press and it led to four straight steals. The Lady Baymen (2-0 in League VII play, 6-1 overall) led, 30-6, after the first quarter.
Hampton Bays sophomore Alexis Fotopoulos scored 24 points and was 6 of 8 from beyond the three-point line. Senior Trish Liotta also scored 24 points, and sophomore Hannah Reed scored 13 points. Mackenzie Tyler and Krys Ceri, two eighth-graders, had career highs in points with eight and seven, respectively. Hampton Bays shot 45 percent (14 of 31) from three-point land.
McGunnigle said Reed told him she was going to break out this week, and so far she’s kept her promise. She also scored 11 points in the win over Mercy.
“I think this is going to be the real Hannah going forward,” McGunnigle said. “As a seventh-grader, she really had a great season for me, and I’ve been waiting for that type of player to come back. She’s really played well.”
It was a similar type of game against Mercy last week. Hampton Bays got out to a 24-8 first-quarter lead and never looked back. Fotopoulos scored 14 points and Liotta had 12, all in limited action, with the reserves getting a lot of playing time. Fotopoulos and Liotta are both averaging more than 20 points per game this season.
The boys and girls basketball teams at Hampton Bays are hosting their ninth annual Coaches vs. Cancer Holiday Tournament. The tournament, held at the high school, has raised more than $26,000 for the American Cancer Society since its inception. The girls bracket will include Rocky Point, Miller Place and Pierson.
After the holiday break, the Lady Baymen will get into the heart of their schedule, facing much more competitive teams in Mattituck, Center Moriches and Babylon.
The Hampton Bays boys basketball team showed some improvement last week but still came away with two losses. After losing, 56-28, at Port Jefferson on December 17, the Baymen lost, 56-37, at home to Wyandanch on Friday night.
The Warriors hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer as time expired in the first half to go up 19-15 at halftime in last week’s game, but the Baymen were down just 22-21 halfway through the fourth quarter. Seven turnovers in the fourth quarter didn’t help Hampton Bays, as the team faltered down the stretch. The Baymen committed 19 turnovers throughout the game.
“We competed as much as we have all season,” Meehan said. “I thought it was our most competitive game of the season. It was a better game than the final score indicated. We collapsed a little bit in the fourth. Their pressure wore us down.”
Hampton Bays (0-3 in League VII play, 0-5 overall) had six different players score, a season high, and it led to a season high in points in the loss. Senior Phil DiPierdomenico continued his strong play this season with a career-high 19 points and 12 rebounds. But junior Dan Aube, who had six rebounds in the game, fouled out early, and so did junior Christian Nydegger.
Hampton Bays got off to a slow start at Port Jeff last week, trailing 14-1 to start the game. The Royals led 39-13 at halftime. DiPierdomenico scored 10 points and had six rebounds, while Nydegger came off the bench for a career-high eight points. Senior Joe Veeck scored a career-high six points.
The boys bracket of the Coaches vs. Cancer Holiday Tournament includes Southold, Eastport South Manor and Mount Sinai. The Baymen play the late game on Friday against Southold.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Girls—Friday, 12/27, vs. Rocky Point, 12:45 p.m.; Sunday, 12/28, Coaches vs. Cancer Holiday Tournament, 11 a.m.; Friday, 1/3, vs. Mattituck, 12 p.m.; Tuesday, 1/7, at Center Moriches, 6:15 p.m. Boys—Friday, 12/27, vs. Southold, 5:15 p.m.; Saturday, 12/28, Coaches vs. Cancer Holiday Tournament, 3:30 p.m.; Friday, 1/3, at Mattituck, 12 p.m.; Tuesday, 1/7, vs. Center Moriches, 5:45 p.m.