Friday, 15 February 2013 00:00
Two games and two more wins for the North Shore Vikings women’s varsity basketball team. In the first game, the girls traveled to Lynbrook and put on a clinic in the first quarter as they shredded the Lynbrook defense to take a 26-4 lead, with all 26 points coming on lay-ups. With junior Caroline Robertson (10 points in the quarter), sophomore Alexandra Cantwell (eight in the quarter) and seventh-grader Gabrielle Zaffiro (six points in the quarter), doing the vast majority of the first quarter scoring, the girls looked unstoppable.
Despite the fact that the Vikings stopped pressing at halftime, it was more of the same the next two quarters, as they built a 58-26 lead going into the fourth quarter and cruised for a 64-47 victory. The Vikings received a boost in the game from eighth-grader Jessica Scuderi, making her varsity debut, with five points, five rebounds and two steals.
The next game was a home contest against Lawrence High School and their high-scoring team. In this game, the relentless defense of senior Tara Feehan, junior Meaghan Brennan, sophomore Samantha Capobianso and freshman Kelly Johansen frustrated the opposing team and led to easy baskets as the Viking offense really began to click. Behind the 16 first half points of senior Erin Sheerin¸ the girls raced out to 45-26 halftime lead and continued to build their lead with a huge quarter before pulling off the press en route to a 90-46 victory.
The girls were led by Caroline Robertson’s 22 points, 8 rebounds, six steals and five assists, Gabrielle Zaffiro’s 11 points and the first career triple-double of Erin Sheerin (19 points, 12 rebounds, 11 steals and 3 assists). Despite the offensive surge, what really brought down the house was the first career three-pointer of junior Kathleen O’Brien (seven points, five rebounds), whose three-pointer in fourth quarter brought the whole crowd and team to its feet.
The Vikings are now 14-1 on the season and 8-0 in their conference. The girls have currently won 37 conference games in a row, dating to January 16, 2010. The next home game for the girls will be the first round of the playoffs on Thursday, Feb. 14 with an opponent and time to be determined.