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The Massapequa High School girls' basketball squad advanced to the quarterfinals in Class AA playoff action in a big way, defeating Baldwin, 57-37 in a Tuesday night home game.

The Lady Chiefs will play Calhoun in semifinal action on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at C.W. Post. The game will begin at 5:45 p.m.

In the win over Baldwin, Massapequa jumped out to a 16-12 first quarter lead and never looked back. They followed that up with a 12-5 run in the second quarter to give them a 28-17 halftime advantage.

All eight Massapequa players who saw action scored in the win, with Jess DeNicola pacing the balanced scoring attack with 19 points. Jackie Tierney added 9 points, while Casey Bartels and Nikki Daly chipped in with 7 points each.

Both Ms. Daly and Ms. Tierney starred in supporting roles, also. Ms. Daly had seven assists, which was complimented with Ms. Tierney's four assists.

The Lady Chiefs regular season ended with a 48-46 overtime thriller over Syosset. In that contest, Kelly Ann Sullivan won the game by calmly hitting two three throws with six seconds left in overtime. Syosset had outscored the Lady Chiefs 12-8 in the final frame to send the game into overtime.

Sullivan scored 10 points in the win. Jess DeNicola paced the Lady Chiefs with 20 points.

While the girls' squad is on a roll, the 2008-2009 season ended in disappointment for the Massapequa High School boys' basketball team last Friday, as the Chiefs were defeated by Farmingdale, 44-35 in Class AA playoff action.

The Chiefs could only muster 11 first half points as they fell behind at the intermission point, 24-11. In the second half, the Chiefs offense picked up somewhat. Massapequa outscored Farmingdale, 24-20 in the final two quarters, but that late run was not enough to close the margin.

No Massapequa player scored in double digits. Patrick Meehan and James Moran both scored 7 points, while Michael Canning and his brother, Sean, each had 6 points.

On Feb. 9, the Chiefs lost their final regular season game to Port Washington, 56-32. James Moran had 11 points in the loss. Despite the disappointing ending, the Chiefs had a solid year, finishing with a 13-7 mark overall and a 10-4 record in conference play.


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