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Shooting woes cost Long Beach
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Long Beach's Molly Martin, right, worked around Freeport's Sydney Harris during last Friday's Nassau Class AA first-round playoff game.

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.


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