Friday, 19 February 2010 00:00
The Mineola girls varsity basketball team defeated Jericho’s Lady Jayhawks by a score of 55-48 to win its first conference championship in over 30 years. Sophomore Kerry Medlock led the team in scoring for the second time this season with 15 points and junior Krystie Kern had a break-out game with 12 points as she drove hard to the hoop making Jericho’s defenders get into foul trouble early and often throughout the game.
Senior Samantha Stavish, this year’s captain, Reggie Carter Award winner, and Lady Mustang leading scorer, played stellar defense as she shut down Jericho’s Marissa Resnick, who is the Jayhawks leading scorer and headed to Queens College next season on a full basketball scholarship.
Junior Heather Gessner, a three-year varsity starter who led the team in scoring last year and finished second this year with 143 points, contributed with 9 points for the game.
Junior Kallie Medlock, another key player who will be returning for the conference champs next season, had 6 points and 9 boards to add to her league-leading rebound total.
Rounding out this strong group of starters is senior center Leandra Falatico who started the Lady Mustangs off with her patented corner jump shot and finished with 8 points.
This year’s team is truly a complete group of talented young ladies that head coach Denise Zunno has assembled this year as all 12 girls have had important roles for this championship team. Seniors Michelle Morrison and Michelle Zubarrian have been key contributors and have played valuable minutes in their two-year varsity run, each showing leadership and the ability to score when called upon.
Juniors Kashanti Lawson and Bethanne Bartscherer have added athleticism and enthusiasm, while sophomore Erin Etherson has come off the bench at the center position and has shut down the opposition in the paint. The only freshman on the team is Julie Falatico who has been valuable when taking over the point guard spot when needed, playing a tenacious defense and also showing flashes of her offense skills that will lead this team next year and into the future.
Junior Tracy Reardon has been on injured reserved all season, but that has not stopped her from attending every practice and game which shows the kind of bond and unity that coach Zunno has preached all year.
This special and exciting Mineola team will now focus their attention on the Nassau County playoffs as they will take on the girls from Garden City. It is certain that Coach Zunno will have the 2010 Conference Champion Lady Mustangs ready for this challenge.