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Big Red Sports: January 7, 2011

Girls Basketball Opens Season 2-3

The Glen Cove Girls Basketball team was defeated by Seaford in their last contest of 2010 by a score of 58-48. It was the team’s fifth non-league contest, and they open up the regular season with a 2-3 record.

The team fell behind early on, as Seaford came out with a full court press and was up 15-6 at the end of the first quarter. Glen Cove however came out energized and played better defense, and took a 23-23 lead to end the half, led by the outside shooting of eighth-graders Taylor Hudson and McKayla Hernandez. Hudson finished with 8 points and Hernandez with 16.

Seaford, however, dominated the third quarter, leading them to a 42-32 lead at the end of the quarter. Glen Cove had plenty of chances to come back in the fourth, as Seaford was in foul trouble very early on, but the girls had trouble making their foul shots and missed several lay ups as well.

Coach Gus Sirakis was happy with the play of his team, despite the loss. “We’re getting balanced scoring, we’re playing to win. We’re competing, we just have to be a little more consistent.”

The team is made up of a mix of young players with veteran leadership. Senior Heather Artinian captains the squad, and is a strong leader both on and off the court. Eighth-graders Taylor Hudson and McKayla Hernandez have been entrusted into key roles while still young, as the two girls are starting guards for the team, with Hudson bringing up the ball the majority of the time.

“They come from basketball families,” Coach Sirakis said. “They have lots of court experience, they see the game well.” Also helping to balance out the squad is Nicole Alexander, who is a big contributor under the basket with her tough play and rebounds down low.

Sirakis says that he’s fortunate to coach such a great group of girls, and says that they’ve been working hard and have definitely been improving. “We just need to continue to play hard and work on the fundamentals on both sides of the ball,” he said.