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Girls Fall Short Of Playoff Win

Glen Cove’s Taylah Hudson proved to be too much for Sewanhaka’s girls basketball team to handle on Friday, Feb. 14. 

 

Hudson scored 10 of her game-high 19 points in the second quarter to lift the Big Red to a 49-39 victory over the Indians in a Nassau Conference Class A first-round playoff game. 

Sewanhaka finished the season 11-6. 

 

“You have to take your lumps in the beginning when you’ve got a young team like this,” said Sewanhaka coach Alexander Soupios, whose team included only two seniors. “They have to learn what it feels like to lose in order to win.”

 

Glen Cove (12-6) advances to play at top-seeded North Shore on Wednesday, Feb. 19. 

 

The Big Red outscored Sewanhaka 26-4 in the second quarter, turning a five-point deficit into a 17-point halftime lead. 

Hudson, a junior guard, had three of her seven assists in the second quarter. She also grabbed four of her eight steals in the second, including one that a led to coast-to-coast layup from Hudson to give Glen Cove a 26-15 lead. 

 

“It’s almost like they’re four of her out there,” said Glen Cove coach Greg Mayerhofer, who notched his 400th career victory earlier in the season. “I’ve coached some nice players over the years and she ranks right at the top.”

 

Sewanhaka was short-handed as junior point guard Daniella Ford sustained a neck injury earlier in that pivotal second quarter.  She wasn’t cleared to play until midway in the third quarter. 

 

“Daniella Ford makes a heck of a difference on this team,”  Soupios said. “Her court vision is just so dynamic. It’s tough to replace something like that for
a while.”

 

Ford’s return did provide a spark for the Indians, as they reeled off eight straight points to cut the lead to 42-27 early in the fourth quarter.  After trading baskets back-and-forth with Glen Cove, Ford assisted on a baseline 3-pointer to Jenny Pechacek to make it 47-35 with 3:48 remaining. On the next play though, Hudson scored on a pull-up jumper to seal it for the
Big Red. 

 

Ford and Casey Hayes had 11 points apiece for Sewanhaka. Michelle Niles added 10 points. 

News

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say Sewanhaka High School will receive a camera on Covert Avenue, which spans the eastern stretch of the property. Tulip Avenue runs in front of the high school and was also considered. Cameras could begin operation in September.

The Village of New Hyde Park finished its Operation Main Street project just in time, because the town’s eligibility for federal funds is shrinking, officials announced last week.

“The qualifications revolve around money,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Like how much income is being earned by people in the area. I guess as seniors move on, you can’t buy an [expensive home] and it changed the demographic, shrinking our eligible area.”


Sports

New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler and catcher Travis d’Arnaud brightened the day for some patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center last week in New Hyde Park, posing for pictures and handing out gifts and autographs. The players hung out with the kids in the afternoon, playing video games and answering questions.

They also found the time to make the rounds, stopping by bedsides to spread some cheer. Mr. Met also joined the tour and was a big hit with the children, who peppered him with questions about everything from his four-fingered hand to the whereabouts of the missing Mrs. Met.

The Sewanhaka Indians football team has a season of change in store.

The Indians have moved up from Conference III to Conference II, due to an increase in enrollment, and are set to face teams that they have never seen before, according to head coach George Kasimatis.

“It is hard to gauge where we will be in this conference,” he said. “There is a lot of uncertainty as where we fit in.”


Calendar

Library Board Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Herricks School Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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