The Hampton Bays girls basketball team solidified itself as the top team in League VII with two convincing victories last week. The Lady Baymen defeated Center Moriches, 52-38, at home on Thursday, January 30, two days after having already won, 69-55, at Mattituck.The victory over Center Moriches guarantees at least a share of the League VII title with the Lady Red Devils, but if the Lady Baymen defeat Babylon tonight, Thursday, they will win the title outright. The victories also almost guarantee that Hampton Bays (8-1 League VII, 15-2 overall) should be the top seed in the Suffolk County Class B playoffs, which are slated to begin Friday, February 14.
Hampton Bays head coach Pat McGunnigle agreed that his team controls its own destiny at this point of the season. “We’re kind of on a mission,” he said. “We’ve reached our first two goals already of making the playoffs and winning the league title. The next thing is the county championship.”
McGunnigle said his team played its best game of the season against Center Moriches last week. The Lady Red Devils handed the Lady Baymen their only League VII loss this season, and their only defeat in the past 14 games. But Hampton Bays led by as many as 20 points in last week’s contest, and was never really in danger of giving up its lead.
Haley Wood, a senior, and junior Alex Maitland-Ward dominated the backboard for Hampton Bays, finishing with 14 and 12 rebounds, respectively. Sophomore Alexis Fotopoulos scored 21 points and sophomore Hannah Reed continued her strong play with 15 points and had a strong game defensively as well, according to McGunnigle. Senior Trish Liotta scored eight points.Hampton Bays led from start to finish in the win over Mattituck as well. Fotopoulos had 32 points, eight rebounds and six assists while Maitland-Ward totaled 17 rebounds. Reed finished with 21 points and Liotta had eight points.
The Hampton Bays boys basketball team lost two more games last week, losing 60-47 at home to Mattituck on January 28, before losing, 70-28, at Center Moriches on Thursday, January 30.
The Baymen trailed by only three points by halftime against Mattituck last week, but the Tuckers outscored the Baymen 18-8 in the third quarter to pull away with the victory. Senior Bayman Phil DiPierdomenico scored 14 points, while junior Christian Nydegger scored 11 and sophomore Matt Rinaldi chipped in with 10.Hampton Bays is 0-12 in League VII, 1-15 overall.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Girls—Thursday, 2/6, at Babylon, 6:15 p.m. Boys—Tuesday, 2/4, at Mercy; Friday, 2/7, vs. Babylon, 7 p.m.