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Defense was solid in the Girls JV key amazing win against second-place West Hempstead.

The coach said that the best way to measure improvement would be to compare a team's first meeting to their second meeting. In the first meeting with West Hempstead, Glen Cove gave up 35 points, the second meeting, 17 points. In their first meeting Glen Cove scored 10 points, the second meeting, 19 points. West Hempstead completely dominated the first affair between these two teams. Glen Cove was overmatched in every facet of the game. Glen Cove lost the first game by a score of 35-10. Glen Cove overcame a 25-point deficit from the first match-up to win by 2 points in their second. The mathematics would reveal that Glen Cove made a 27-point turnaround. That would constitute a tremendous improvement in anyone's book. This is a tribute to the resiliency of the Girls JV basketball team.

Defense has been the trademark on the team. When these girls play hard-nosed defense, it is tough for teams to move the ball. When they are on, they suffocate girls with pressure. They cover the whole court by continuously moving their feet, going after loose balls and most importantly playing great help-defense.

"We aggressively get after the ball and force teams to make mistakes," Coach Rotolo said.

In what was most certainly her best performance of the year, Alison Abrams put on a passing and defensive clinic. Her skills have improved dramatically over the last few weeks. Most importantly, her belief that she could go out there and compete has done wonders.

"Alison has really stepped up to the challenge of playing JV basketball. She is a very bright young lady who found a starting spot on the team because of her desire to learn the game. Having girls that can think out on the court is a definite advantage," her coach said.

Coach Rotolo tries to make it a priority to preach life through his basketball teachings. He has taught his girls that just because they are out of the classroom it doesn't mean you aren't required to think. "Right now the court is our classroom and every game we have to come prepared with a solid strategy and make adjustments throughout the game. Basketball, as with any other sport or competition, is a thinking game," he maintains.

Another major life lesson that the coach has tried to instill in his players is those that can play defense in life will become very successful human beings. Defense is one of those concepts that Rotolo holds near and dear to his heart.

He asks, "Isn't what we do in our lives just a matter of playing defense? Whenever a life circumstance arises, aren't we forced to play defense? Whenever we are confronted with a life decision, aren't we asked to play defense. Doesn't a good defense drive an offensive attack? The same thing goes for the game of basketball. The proof is with the Glen Cove Girls JV basketball team."


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