Friday, 12 March 2010 00:00
For the first time in more than a decade, the Carle Place High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team has advanced to the Class B Nassau County finals. This was the final chapter of an excellent season for the Lady Frogs. The marathon season; winter sports began in November and ended in a tough loss to Locust Valley. But, from the beginning, the story lines pointed toward the chance to win the coveted championship.
The team was considered young with only two returning starters, Dana McLaughlin and Alison Laga and four other girls with minimal varsity experience. But, with a summer league and fall league behind them, the girls hit the ground running, winning their first three games, which included a second straight Port Washington tournament victory. Emily Mullin and Jill Flecker received the tournament MVP and all tournament honors respectively. From there, the team entered their league season as part of Conference ABC 3. The season was very competitive and the girls finished with a 7-5 league record and 11-6 overall record.
As the three-seed in the playoffs, the Lady Frogs faced off against long time nemesis, Oyster Bay. The game was a true battle, but the aggressiveness and tenacity of Carle Place’s defense along with some great outside shooting prevailed. In the end, the Lady Frogs came out on top with a 57-43 victory.
This set up the opportunity to play for the county title. It has been 17 years since a Carle Place Girls Basketball team has won a county title, so this was a huge deal for the team and the school. The game lived up to the hype, with Carle Place clinging to a one point lead with just over five minutes left in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, the girls could not hold on and lost to the one seed in dramatic fashion.
The future bodes well for the Lady Frogs with nine returning players, Jennifer Balestrieri, Samantha Burden, Ashley Cole, Alice Dawson, Shannon Dennelly, Jillian Flecker, Kelsey McGinn, Dana McLaughlin and Emily Mullin, and a strong junior varsity team. This is only the beginning of the road and next year the girls will not only return to the finals, but hopefully be able to take home the championship plaque as well. Best wishes to seniors, Catherine Fitzgerald, Alison Laga, Jessica Lewis and Meghan Monahan.