January 22, 2009 | 40 views
Everything clicking for Lady Owls
The Lady Owls gave them plenty to think about, cruising to a 59-43 victory to remain undefeated through a dozen games. Junior Jessica Rosen had 18 points, senior Jill Tricarico had 14 and freshman Brooke Gerstman added 12 as Lynbrook (7-0 in conference play) moved two games ahead of Seaford and Westbury in the loss column.
"We're playing great and I think we have a chance to go pretty far if we keep it up," Lady Owls coach Heather Savignano said after the game. "The biggest thing is being confident and not cocky. I'm not too worried because the girls know their roles and they all work hard and do their jobs."
On Monday, Lynbrook had five different players score in the second and third quarters on its way to topping 50 points for the ninth time this season. It also marked the fifth time in seven conference games it had at least two players score in double digits. Tricarico (12) and Rosen (10) were already there by halftime.
"Seaford was shorthanded today, so I expect the rematch to be a lot closer," Savignano said. "I thought we moved the ball, rebounded and shot well today."
Tricarico scored eight first-quarter points as the Lady Owls opened a 12-9 lead. Then Rosen, who was saddled with two early fouls, swished a trio of three-pointers in the second and the advantage swelled to 33-20 by halftime. Senior Jamie Maurin, who had seven rebounds, scored on Lynbrook's first possession of the second half and the Lady Vikings never got closer than 14. Junior Shannon Doody had a basket in every quarter for eight points. Gerstman scored eight points in the second half despite picking up her fourth foul with 5:46 remaining in the third quarter.
"We have exceptional balance," Savignano said. "Teams have to decide who they're going to guard. If someone's not having a strong game for us, someone else has been there to pick them up."
Last Saturday, the Lady Owls returned to the scene of last year's quarterfinal playoff loss and handed Wantagh a 61-45 defeat to complete a season sweep. Rosen scored 17 points, including 10 in the first half as they built a 33-17 lead, Gerstman added 15 and Doody 12. "The win meant a lot to the girls we brought back from last year's team," Savignano said.
Lynbrook's closest game so far came at Locust Valley on Jan. 9. Gerstman (16 points) hit a pair of threes with less than two minutes remaining and two free throws in the final 30 seconds of a 46-43 victory.
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