The eighth-grade girls finished the season in good form with a record of 8 wins and 3 losses, a very impressive record considering that this was their first year as an eighth-grade team. Their coach said they practiced extremely hard, working on their fundamental skills and basic court positioning. They are now ready to move up to the high school and be a part of the high school program.
The coach said that these girls were a pleasure to coach and a delight for the spectators to watch. In their final match, they were tied at two sets each and they pulled together to take the fifth set by 20 points to 15 points against Oyster Bay. It was a total team effort.
The Big Red girls defeated Lawrence in an overtime thriller by a score of 37-30. In what was dubbed the beginning of "phase two" by Coach Rotolo, the Glen Cove Girls JV Basketball Team defeated a Lawrence team that beat Glen Cove just two weeks ago. In another exciting matchup, Glen Cove persevered over Lawrence.
"This time of year is when we as a team get to measure how far we have come," Coach Rotolo stated. "We are beginning the second time around in league play. Knowing that other teams have improved since the first time around, the girls were aware that the competition gets even tougher. Tonight, they were up for the challenge."
In what was a completely dominating effort, Glen Cove held Lawrence to just three baskets in the first half. Unfortunately, due to foul trouble, Glen Cove sent the best shooter for Lawrence to the free throw line, where she made 8 out of 10. She singlehandedly cut into Red's lead. At the half Glen Cove was leading 20-14. That marks the fourth game in a row that Glen Cove was either tied or held the lead at halftime.
"That in itself is a major victory for the girls. At this point in the season, we know how to stay in games. The first five or six games of the year at halftime we were facing deficits of at least twenty points," the coach said.
By the fourth quarter Lawrence cut into Glen Cove's double digit lead. Glen Cove went cold and Lawrence went on the offensive with a slew of baskets to which Glen Cove did not have an answer. With a little over a minute and a half left, Lawrence grabbed the lead from a stunned Glen Cove. They let the lead slip away and with under a minute left it didn't appear that Glen Cove had any gas left. Eighth-grader Marcella Applewhaite knew her tank wasn't on empty, however. In what will be one of those shots that will always be remembered, Marcella drove to the hoop and hit a jumper off the glass to tie the game and send it into overtime. It was then Katherine Serrano, coming off the bench, who became the overtime star. In what was the biggest shot of her short basketball career, Katherine put the game out of reach for Lawrence with a lay-up courtesy of a pass from Applewhaite.
"These girls have the hearts of lions," said Rotolo. "We have girls that go out on the court and make things happen. Most importantly, we have girls with winning attitudes. They will do whatever it takes to improve and improve they certainly have... I am extremely honored to be involved with an extraordinary group of student-athletes."