The Southampton Mariners, defending County Class B champs, have their sights set on another title, and the state tournament beyond.
The locals clinched the League VII title Friday by edging Hampton Bays, 50-41. The win gave the Mariners a perfect 10-0 league record, (13-3 overall) and likely a number one seed in the upcoming county tournament. Coach Juni Wingfield's charges are one of the few teams in the state that can boast two 1000-point career scorers– Paris Hodges and Kesi Goree each hit the milestone earlier this season.
Against Hampton Bays both proved instrumental in the victory. Hodges tallied 15 points and had six rebounds; Goree went for 10 and 10.
They were joined by Noel Hodges, who scored 10 and dished off for three dimes. Aubrey Rogers scored 11 for the Baywomen (4-7 in the league, 9-8 overall). A win at home Friday night against Mattituck will likely clinch the top seed in the County B. A win there will give Southampton a shot at the overall county title (against larger schools) and a chance to repeat as Long Island Class B champs against the Nassau County winner. Mattituck has also clinched a spot in the playoffs but will have a tough row to hoe to advance into the finals.
Riverhead has clinched second place in League III and looks to go on a run similar to last season, when the Lady Waves went all the way to the state Final Four tournament. Thursday the locals polished off Smithtown East at home, 67-45. Shanice Allen led all scorers with 22 and Naysha Trent added 18. Riverhead finishes off the regular season in North Babylon tomorrow. NB is 12-0 in the league, 15-1 for the season, and the likely top seed in the County AA tourney. Whitman, Sachem East and Commack are other teams Riverhead may have to contend with to repeat.
East Hampton suffered a setback Thursday, getting trounced by powerful Glenn 64-21 to fall to 5-5 in League VI action. The locals can play their way into the tournament by winning at home Friday evening against Bayport/Blue Point at 6:15.
In League VIII Stony Brook has clinched first place and the top seed in the County Class C playoffs. Both Southold/ Greenport (8-2, 9-5 overall) and Pierson/Bridgehampton (7-4, 9-8 overall) have made the grade. Thursday, the two squared off and the Lady Whalers prevailed, 44-40. Kasey Gilbride and Abby Ruiz led a balanced attack with nine points each. Nicole Busso record 12 for the North Forkers.
Pierson finishes up at Stony Brook Friday night; Southold gets Smithtown Christian at home the same day at 4:30 PM.