Shooting woes cost Long Beach
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Trading baskets in the fourth wasn’t enough for Long Beach, which could get no closer than 10. Late free throws by Edmond and Harris sealed the outcome and ended a successful season for the Lady Marines, who hit 11 of 64 attempts from the floor and 1 of 5 from the line.
“I told the girls to hold their heads high,” Ciccone said. “They overcame adversity and had a great season. We didn’t even have a home gym up until a few weeks ago. I’m really proud of them.”
Long Beach, with only one senior — Molly Martin — in its starting lineup, finished third in a highly competitive Conference AA-III. It went on a six-game winning streak between Jan. 18 and Feb. 5, including a signature victory over eventual conference champion Mepham. After losing the first meeting by 31 points, the Lady Marines handed the Lady Pirates their first conference defeat in two seasons, 41-36, behind eighth-grader Aislinn Flynn’s 12 points.