The Southampton Lady Mariners, Long Island's defending Class B champions, seem determined to surpass the exploits of last year's team. Coach Juni Wingfield's charges improved to 7-0 in League VII play Friday, besting Center Moriches 50-34 on the loser's home court.
The team's mercurial guard, Paris Hodges, achieved a personal milestone, going over 1000 points for her career in the third quarter. In that stanza the Mariners, sitting on a 15-point halftime lead, opened up a 21-point bulge and coasted to an easy win, moving their overall record to 9-3 on the season -- and those losses were to some powerful teams as Wingfield peppered his non-league schedule with matchups designed to prepare the team for the playoffs and a run at a state title.
Hodges, a senior who will play for Brandeis next season, is the second team member to break the 1000-point barrier. Kesi Goree, who had eight points and six rebounds against the Red Devils, turned the trick in January. Claire Brady and Takia Plummer each scored 11 for the winners, who play Babylon on Friday (7 PM) and Wyandanch on Tuesday (6:30 PM). Both games are at home.
Hampton Bays had a rough start to the League VII season but Friday the locals kept their playoff hopes alive by topping Babylon at home, 65-56. Alexis Fotopoulos went for 20 in the victory, and Andrea Tufa added 15 and grabbed a game high 18 rebounds. Hannah Reed, with 12, and Trish Liotta, 10, also hit double digits. The Baywomen moved to 3-4 in league play and 8-5 overall. The team gets Wyandanch at home Friday (7 PM) and travels to Center Moriches Tuesday for a 4:30 affair.
East Hampton improved to 4-3 in League VI, good for third place, by coming away from Mt. Sinai with a hard fought 46-42 victory. Kaelyn Ward who also recently scored her 1000-points, led the winners with 17 points and recorded four assists. Courtney Dess chopped in with nine points.
In other local action Thursday Mattituck improved to 5-2 in League VII by crushing Mercy, 52-11 at home. Allie Wilcenski led a balanced scoring attack with 13 and Courtney Murphy added 11. The Lady Tuckers, 8-5 overall, play at Center Moriches Friday at 7 PM.