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Vikings Sports: March 8, 2012

NS Vikings Girls Basketball Team Wins First County Championship in School History  

The North Shore Varsity Girls Basketball Team completed their last week of play in the Nassau County season on February 29 at Freeport High School in the Nassau County Semifinals and on March 3, at C.W. Post campus in the Nassau County Class “A” Championship.

In the first game the Vikings took on the Knights of Floral Park.  The Vikings came out very flat offensively in the game and found themselves down 26-25 at the half, despite the outstanding defensive pressure of Christine Castiglione, Micaela Dussel, Tara Feehan, Nicole Scuderi and Ashleigh Sheerin. 

Coach Freund said, “Being down at the half was not something the girls were used to. However, the third quarter served as a shock to the team.” He continued by saying, “After a timeout, the team began to regroup and behind 11 points by Amanda Johansen, the girls went on a 19-2 run over the next four minutes to take a 49-46 lead with a little over five minutes to go in the game!”  

The Vikings found themselves up by two points with 1:30 to go in the game and that was when Alex Cantwell took over the game.  With her team struggling to score, the freshman made three steals that lead to scores over the final 90 seconds (two that turned into lay-ups for her). The last point Cantwell dropped off a pass to Erin Sheerin for a seven-point lead in the Vikings 61-54 victory.

“It was a tense game for the girls, but a game in which they showed their resolve and their true character.  The reward for this win was a trip to the Nassau County Class “A” Finals for the first time in the school’s history against defending Long Island Champion Garden City,” said Coach Freund.

In the first half, the Vikings displayed their sharp shooting.  Behind the two three-pointers of Emily Beiser, the girls took a 37-27 halftime lead. During halftime, the seniors took over (as they have for the past six weeks) as they confidently told the rest of the team, “We will not let them back in the game.”

With their trademark hustle and intensity, the girls lead grew to 17 points with 10 minutes to go in the game. Despite a late charge by the Trojans, the Vikings held on for a 74-64 win and the first County Championship in school history! The girls were led by Caroline Robertson’s (eight points, seven rebounds, four assists) five fourth quarter points and the 21 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and four steals of Class “A” Tournament MVP Amanda Johansen.  

The next game for the girls is Friday, March 9 at 5 p.m. at Farmingdale University against Suffolk County Champion Elwood John Glenn.  Come out and support the Vikings on their quest for a Long Island Championship.