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Viking Sports: February 11, 2010

John Wooden once said, “Sports do not build character, they reveal it.”  Throughout this up and down year of North Shore Women’s Varsity Basketball, a team of lesser character would have quit. During a 1-7 stretch a team with less heart, integrity and will would have pointed fingers and complained. How did the girls of North Shore respond? By winning four in a row and climbing from last place to second. Two games and two wins this week continued the active streak. In the first game, the Vikings traveled to Oyster Bay and pulled away early. Behind Kathleen Lennon’s 12 first quarter points, the girls jumped to an early lead. With a career high in points from Liz Sheerin (12 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals) and the third triple double of the season for Amanda Johansen (13 points, 13 rebounds, 10 steals and 5 assists), the girls cruised to a 72-47 victory. Next up was a rematch with Roslyn, in what was the most physical game of the year. Unofficially there were over 10 elbows thrown by Roslyn at least 15 bodies that hit the floor at some point. In the game, North Shore displayed their customary intense, full-court pressure and balanced scoring. The offense was led by Kathleen Lennon (13 points, 11 rebounds) and Erin Sheerin (10 points on 4-5 shooting).  The defense was sparked by Liz Sheerin, Amanda Johansen and Christine Castiglione who each received 3 “Hustle Points” from their teammates. “Hustle Points” are rewarded by the girls on the bench for going above and beyond on defense.  The Castiglione family, in fact, led the way with 4 total points, as Mr. Castiglione was awarded one by the girls for his spirited cheering. A back and forth game, it was sealed at the free throw line by Bridget Lincoln as North Shore won 61-59 to move to 6-5 and into a tie for second place in ABC-II.  In the game, North Shore hit their 100th 3-point shot of the season when senior Elle Hoffman, fittingly drained one from downtown with 5:00 to go in the game on Senior Night.  Before the game the team celebrated the careers of their four seniors: Regan Falk, Elle Hoffman, Kathleen Lennon and Jen Melgar. North Shore has no more home games, but are currently preparing for the playoffs.