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Offense leads Hewlett past Lawrence
By Joe Galotti
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Dina Goldstein, who had 21 points in last Friday's loss at Hewlett, is shouldering much of the offensive workload for the Lady Golden Tornadoes.

A career night by Emily Rodriguez, which included five three pointers, helped Hewlett’s girls’ basketball team defeat Nassau Conference A-II rival Lawrence, 55-47, last Friday night. The host Lady Bulldogs who have struggled offensively as of late, exploded early with 36 first half points.

“The first quarter we came out really hot, and we rode that pretty much the rest of the game,” Hewlett girls’ basketball head coach Frank Viggiano said. 

Rodriguez finished with a career-high 28 points in the win. The senior guard says she usually does not look to shoot from behind the arc, but came out firing from deep, and sparked her team’s first-half outburst that led to Hewlett avenging a 15-point loss to Lawrence in the first meeting.

“I was very motivated to beat them this game, because they’re our rivals,” Rodriguez said. “I was more confident this game to shoot (from the outside).” 

The Bulldogs got secondary scoring from up and down their lineup in the victory. Kristen Decicco and Alex Levy each had six points, and Sabrina Feldman and Kim Smith each finished with four points.

Feldman was also a major presence on the defense, finishing with eight blocks on the night. “I’ve never had a kid that’s blocked shots like her,” Viggiano said. “She’s unbelievable at that, and she’s 5’8.”

While Viggiano’s team was off to a hot shooting start, Lawrence struggled to get shots to fall early on, and as a result found itself down by 18 at the half. The Lady Golden Tornadoes came out with more defensive intensity and better shooting in the second half, but were unable to dig out of there early game hole. 

“We had a number of times where we had wide open makeable shots, and they just didn’t fall tonight,” Lawrence head coach George Klein said. “You got to put four quarters together. You can’t just rely on comebacks.”


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