Friday, 04 February 2011 00:00
The Glen Cove girls’ basketball team is coming off a big win Friday night against Great Neck North, in which the Big Red defeated the Blazers by a score of 58-45. With the victory the team is now 3-5 in conference play and 5-8 overall. While this record may not seem like much, the scores of these games say otherwise, as the basketball team is a young team trying to work on improving their game each day and working together as a team.
Case in point: the first time the Big Red faced off against the Blazers this season the results were quite different, with the girls losing 50-43. A little bit past the halfway point of the season though, the girls are starting to come together, and they’re starting to get some different results.
The young players are starting to get comfortable (two of the team’s five starters are eighth-graders) and are putting up the kind of numbers that you expected two and three year starters to produce. Eighth-graders Taylah Hudson and Mckayla Hernandez put up 20 and 19 points respectively in Friday night’s game; Hernandez has scored in the double digits in the two previous games as well, a hard fought 37-35 loss to West Hempstead where she scored 19 points and a 54-52 win over Manhasset where she put up 15 points. It’s rare for a team to have one eighth-grader, let alone two, but these two are pulling their own weight this season and making major on-court contributions to the team.
Senior captain Heather Artinian is putting up strong numbers this season as well, as is upperclassman Nicole Alexander. They help round out a young squad that is looking to get better each day, and have been contributing in all three stat categories – points, rebounds, and assists.
While they may not be getting the results they desire, Glen Cove is improving and is becoming a difficult team to play against. The team is getting scoring from a number of different players, and has been in the games until the end, even the ones that they end up losing.
Coach Sirakis, at the start of the season, said that the team’s strategy for the season was to just keep working hard to get better every day, to be the best they can be, play unselfish and to keep working on the fundamentals on both sides of the ball. It looks like the strategy is starting to pay off!