Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 19 February 2010 00:00
Continuing the success of their regular season, the Roslyn High School girls’ basketball squad won the opening contest of Nassau County Class A playoff action recently, defeating New Hyde Park in a convincing 53-44 away game.
As she has all season long, Stefanie Klapper paced Roslyn on offense. In the win over New Hyde Park, Stefanie had her best game of the year, scoring 29 points, including 24 in the second half as Roslyn pulled away with a 10-2 run in the third quarter to seal the win.
The game started with New Hyde Park taking a 14-9 lead in the first quarter. However, Roslyn bounced back, outscoring New Hyde Park 13-9 in the second frame to set the stage for the big third quarter.
Stefanie connected on 10 field goals and nine free throws. On defense, she pulled down 10 rebounds. Ashley Levy had 12 points and 10 rebounds, also, while Samantha Richman assisted with 10 rebounds of her own as Roslyn outscored New Hyde Park 31-21 in second half play.
This past Tuesday, Roslyn once again played on the road in a contest at Garden City. The results are too late for this week’s edition of The Roslyn News, but there will be full coverage in next week’s edition.
The Conference ABC-II regular season ended with the Roslyn High School girls’ basketball squad completing one of its best campaigns in years.
The Lady Bulldogs finished the regular season with an 11-6 record, going 7-5 in conference play, giving them a tie for second place with North Shore.
On Jan. 16, Roslyn was defeated by Roosevelt, 57-43, the only time this year that the Lady Bulldogs played the regular season division winners.
Since then, Roslyn has gone 3-2, losing close contests to both Oyster Bay and North Shore.
On the winning side, Roslyn has defeated Westbury (56-50), Locust Valley (41-39), and Seaford (49-33).
In the season’s final stretch run, Stefanie Klapper and Nina Hadzibabic continued to pace Roslyn’s offense. In the win over Westbury, Stefanie had 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Nina had 18 points and four steals. Ashley Levy chipped in with eight points and 11 rebounds.In the thrilling win over North Shore, Stefanie connected on a free throw with three seconds left in the game to secure the victory. She also had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Nina Hadzibabic had 12 points, while Ashley Levy was also a force on the boards, pulling down 11 rebounds.
Finally, in the big win over Seaford, Stefanie Klapper again was the leading scorer with 16 points, Samantha Richman also scored in double digits, with 15 points.
Meanwhile, the new year was not kind at all to the Roslyn boys’ squad. After winning a 56-53 contest over Lynbrook on Jan. 8, the Bulldogs dropped eight straight games. Roslyn finished the regular season with a 6-11 overall mark and a 3-8 record in conference play.
On Friday, Feb. 12, the season ended as Roslyn dropped a 69-59 contest to West Hempstead.
Playing on the road, the Bulldogs fell behind 20-12 in the first quarter, only to bounce back and outscore West Hempstead, 13-9 in the second frame. The Bulldogs hung tough with their opponents in the second half, but it was not enough to make up for the earlier deficit.
Last year, during their championship run, George Beamon had a big offensive year, leading the county in scoring. This year, Jordan Richman has been a similar tower on offense. In the loss to West Hempstead, Jordan scored 25 points, including 10 field goals and five points from the charity line.
Despite the rough going, there was no quit in the Bulldogs, in either the playoffs or regular season. Defeats to Malverne (67-65) and Lynbrook (59-58) were, as the score indicates, close affairs.
All throughout, Jordan Richman was the Bulldogs’ offensive star. In the new year, he has scored over 20 points in seven games, scoring 22 points in the contests against Manhasset, Lynbrook, and Jericho. Jordan had his season-high 24 points in the Jan. 5 win over Jericho. He scored 23 points in another contest against Lynbrook, plus 21 points in the loss to Manhasset and 20 points in a defeat to Malverne. Completing the brother-sister combo on the hardwood, Nick Hadzibabic scored in double digits in five games this year, scoring a season-high 24 points in a second overtime loss to Manhasset.