December 20, 2006

Lady Baymen Look Promising in Win Over Shelter Island

"Everything just worked tonight," said Hampton Bays varsity basketball coach Dave Goodman as he spoke about his team's commanding 55-29 win over Shelter Island December 11. "The girls were hitting their shots and the defense was excellent. We just looked good [in all areas]."

The 2006-2007 Baymen's non-league debut proved not only to be successful in the win-loss column, but more importantly, Hampton Bays showed significant improvement in several areas, most notably its defensive play which held the Lady Indians to two points on one solitary basket in the second quarter.

"The girls just played fantastic team defense," Goodman said. "We started out playing man-to-man and then switched to zone. Whatever we did, it just worked." Hampton Bays clicked on all cylinders against Shelter Island and called off its press in the fourth quarter, satisfied in its ability to execute a near flawless game.

Senior Marian Leeman (five points) had a terrific night on the boards, pulling down a game-high 11 rebounds while playing superb post up defense. "She helped out in a lot of areas while shutting [Shelter Island] down inside," remarked Goodman. Guard Jaime Small (three points) also stood out defensively while senior forward Liz Tufano (6 points) added nine rebounds.

Despite missing one of their players due to illness and a few others still nursing minor injuries, the Baymen exploded for 16 points in the first quarter to take a 16-5 lead and led 27-7 at halftime.

Sophomore sensation Genna Kovar led all players with 18 points and her game-high 10 assists were the most of her varsity career. She also added seven steals. "Genna made some gorgeous passes tonight and she got the momentum going for everybody," Goodman said. "She had that kind of game and only played a few minutes of each quarter."

Sophomore forward Sami Krantz also had a strong rebounding game, grabbing 11 while finishing second in the scoring column with 15 points. The Baymen were also outstanding from the foul line, making nine of the 11 shots that they attempted. "I told the girls that I have never been so proud of their free-throw shooting," remarked Goodman.

Only days earlier, Hampton Bays was on the losing end of a 56-20 score, courtesy of St. John the Baptist, the #1 ranked girls' high school basketball team in New York State. The loss occurred at the Baymen's Coaches vs. Cancer classic and although the score might have appeared to be lopsided, the effort put forth was not.

"They have a terrific team," Goodman said of St. John. "They played an All-State six-foot-four sophomore center and three of their starting players are among the top players in the state. I was pretty happy because our girls competed and played hard. We just couldn't keep up with them."

Kovar scored 13 points, pulled down eight rebounds, totaled six steals and added four assists in the loss, sparking Goodman to say, "she showed that she could play with anybody in that game."

Freshman Rachel Tufano also had a breakthrough performance competing against bigger, more experienced players. In limited action, she scored six points and pulled down 12 rebounds. "I loved the way that she contended with the bigger St. John players in the paint," Goodman said. "She didn't look out of place there."

Hampton Bays hosts Sayville on Friday in a non-league game before competing in the Bash at the Beach tournament on Wednesday, December 27 and Thursday, December 28. East Hampton, Mercy and Amityville will also be playing in the tournament.

"I like how we've played in our both of our games," said Goodman. "Everyday we seem to take major steps forward."

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