Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 26 February 2010 00:00
The Roslyn High School girls’ basketball squad started Nassau County Class A playoff action with a convincing 53-44 away win over New Hyde Park. But that momentum couldn’t last, as the Lady Bulldogs saw their winning season come to an end last Tuesday, as they fell to Garden City, 70-42.
Playing on the road, Roslyn fell behind 20-7 in the first quarter and was never able to catch up. They played even with Garden City in both the second and third quarters, but the first quarter deficit proved too large to overcome.
Samantha Richman (13 points) and Stephanie Klapper (12 points) were the leading scorers for Roslyn, with Ashley Levy pitching in with nine points.
Roslyn finished the season with a 7-5 record in Conference ABC-II play and a 12-7 mark overall, making the 2009-2010 campaign one of the best in recent years. Roslyn was seeded 10th in the Class A playoff brackets, but they finished the season second only to Roosevelt in conference play, finishing ahead of North Shore, Locust Valley, Westbury, Seaford, and Oyster Bay.
The Lady Bulldogs advanced to the quarterfinals in a win over New Hyde Park. Stefanie Klapper paced Roslyn on offense, 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.
For the entire season, Stefanie had one of the best seasons by any girls’ basketball stars in school history. She scored 311 points on 111 field goals, while pulling down 97 rebounds. Stefanie also had 86 points from the free throw line.
Nina Hadzibabic also enjoyed a banner year, scoring 189 points, all divided evenly among field goals (33), 3-pointers (31) and free throws (30). Ashley Levy had 161 points and 67 rebounds, while Samantha Richman scored 123 points with 39 boards.
In all, the Roslyn squad is well positioned for future success on the hardwood.
As noted in last week’s paper, the Roslyn boys’ team saw its season end with a first round playoff loss to West Hempstead.
This year, Roslyn basketball excelled in brother-sister combinations.
The two top scorers on the boys’ squad had great seasons along with their siblings on the girls’ team. Jordan Richman, Samantha’s twin brother, was Roslyn’s leading scorer with 234 points on 86 field goals and 62 points from the charity stripe. Jordan was honored for his great season by Nassau County coaches who unanimously voted him to the All-County team.
Nick Hadzibabic, brother of Nina, was close behind Jordan with 206 points on 60 field goals and 50 points from the free throw line. Andrew Wolfe (151 points) and Adam Carmichael (119 points) also had stellar seasons.
Both teams played hard all year and added more honor to the basketball legacy at Roslyn High School.