Five Elmont girls were selected to represent Nassau County at The Lupus Games, a fund-raising All-Star basketball game held at Central Islip High School on Oct. 19. Juniors Christine Daly and Ritta Johnson and sophomores Dana Brown, Alexandria William and Shezaray Rozzell were five of the 24 girls selected to represent Nassau County in order to compete against the top 24 girls from Suffolk County.
These five young ladies were chosen from a pool of about 600 girls that play high school basketball in Nassau County. Elmont Memorial had the most players representing any school in Nassau County. All of the Elmont players, besides achieving on the court, also hold a academic average of "B" or higher.
"They are all excellent examples of what a student-athlete should be," said Elmont guidance counselor and girls basketball coach Greg Petrocelli.
On Nov. 3, Johnson, Rozzell and Brown participated in the Hoops for Heroes All-Star Basketball Game. The honor went to the top 15 female basketball players on Long Island who competed against the top 15 girls from New York City with the proceeds of the game going to benefit the families of the New York City Fire Department firefighters who were killed on September 11, 2001.
With over 100 girls trying to make this Long Island All-Star team, Elmont Memorial was the only public school with three representatives, said Petrocelli.