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Local Basketball Squads Continue Their Winning Ways

Exciting Come-From-Behind Wins By Massapequa Hoopsters

There are many constants of excellence in Massapequa High School sports. Among them are year in and year out stellar performances by the girls basketball squad.

This year is shaping up to be no different than past seasons. As the season enters the regular season homestretch, the Lady Chiefs have an 8-4 record overall and a 5-2 mark in Conference AA-I play. As important, Massapequa is riding a four-game winning streak, including a heart stopping 41-40 away win against Uniondale, a team that currently stands ahead of Massapequa in conference play.

Throughout the winning streak, Nikki Daly, Danielle Doherty and Casey Bartels have starred for Massapequa on both offense and defense. In the big win over Uniondale, Daly had 13 points, while Doherty chipped in with 12. The Lady Chiefs jumped out to a slim 10-8 first quarter lead, only to lose it in the second and third quarters. Going into the final frame, Massapequa trailed 33-24. The Lady Chiefs, however, mounted a fierce comeback, outscoring Uniondale 17-7 to take the win. Lauren Birney hit two free throws to tie the game at 38. Then Nikki Daly nailed down a three-pointer with 42 seconds left to give Massapequa a 41-38 lead. Uniondale came back with a bucket of their own, but Casey Bartels blocked a Uniondale shot attempt with 17 seconds left, ending the final Uniondale threat and winning the game for Massapequa.

On Jan. 20, Massapequa played an away game and on Jan. 22 they hosted Farmingdale. The regular season concludes with games on Feb. 2 (Oceanside), Feb. 5 (Uniondale), and Feb. 8 (MacArthur).

Meanwhile the boys’ squad is off to their own fine start. At press time, they stand at 7-3 overall and 5-2 in conference play, second only to Oceanside.

In the new year, the Chiefs have scored victories over Long Beach, MacArthur, and Great Neck South, while falling short in contests against Hicksville and Oceanside. Leading scorers for Massapequa have been Matt Smocovich and Patrick Meehan. In the win over Great Neck South, John Cerulli had 12 points. The win was a milestone for head coach Marty Voight, who earned his 200th career win with the triumph.

Two of Massapequa’s recent wins have also been nailbiters. In the 44-42 win over Long Beach, Matt Smocovich scored on an offensive rebound to give the Chiefs the overtime win.

The 39-36 win over MacArthur featured a thrilling second half comeback, one that was sealed with a three-pointer with 30 seconds left by Patrick Meehan, one that gave the Chiefs a 37-36 lead. That pressure packed shot answered a three pointer by a MacArthur player, which gave them a short-lived lead. In the win, Meehan had his best game of the season, scoring 18 points and hauling down 12 rebounds.

On Jan. 19, Massapequa traveled to Herricks for an away game. On Jan. 21, they host Lynbrook and this evening, they play another home game, one against Oceanside. Other upcoming games are away games against Great Neck South (Jan. 29) and MacArthur (Feb. 1), plus a home game on Feb. 5 against Hicksville.