Gurney's Inn
January 17, 2007

Whalers Sail to Easy Win Over Ross

The Pierson girls' basketball team had little difficulty in handing Ross School a lopsided loss, winning 65-28 in a game that saw many of the Lady Whalers key starters sitting on the bench for much of the game.

Pierson head coach Dennis Case chose to play the entire team and give his younger players some valuable on-court experience rather than run the score up although the Whalers still sailed to their easiest win of the season, outscoring Ross 24-6 in the first quarter in a contest that they controlled from start to finish.

Sophomore guard Katie Osiecki (game-high 18 points) and senior All-League center Naqueeta Briggs (17) combined for 35 points while eighth grader Sabina Fayman added 14 points as Pierson (3-3 in League VIII) won its third league game of the season. Incredibly, the 17 points that Briggs scored were accumulated during two quarters of play as she sat out both the second and fourth quarters.

"Our team played very well and we did a lot of nice things in the first quarter [to give us that lead]," said Case. "After the first quarter, I took Briggs and Kara O'Halloran, our other starting forward, out and inserted Gabriel Arondel (8 points) and Jocelin Kalish and went with three guards. They both played very well. I was pleased with the way everyone played. It was a good game to get everyone some playing time."

Ross slipped to 0-4 in league play and hasn't lost by less than 33 points in its last three games this season, even suffering a 42-28 defeat at the hands of a Smithtown Christian team that is 1-9 overall.

"We got to work on some different things and we knew coming into the game that Ross wasn't that strong. Bridgehampton has a small court and the girls played well." The game was played at Bridgehampton's Beehive.

On Friday, Pierson lost a close game to Mercy 42-37 in a game that wasn't decided until the final two minutes of the fourth quarter. The Monarchs led 38-37 and the Whalers had possession of the ball, but could not capitalize on two straight opportunities as Mercy stole the ball and went up by three to seal the win.

"We were down by one with two minutes to go and we had a chance to go ahead, but we just didn't finish," said Case. "It was a tough game that went down to the wire."

Poor foul shooting plagued the Whalers throughout Friday's game as they shot a dismal 3-for-18 from the charity stripe in the first half yet still held a 17-16 lead.

Osiecki led Pierson with 13 points while Briggs (8 points) ran into foul trouble, causing her to miss much of the game. Sarah Mayer also scored 8 points while Fayman pitched in with six.

The Whalers have two tough games coming up this week as Pierson hosts Stony Brook (4-0, 7-1 overall), the premier team in League VIII today at 6:15 p.m. and then travel to Shelter Island (2-2) on Friday.

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