After winning its first two games of the season, the Eastport South Manor girls basketball team has lost three in a row.
After dropping a non-league game, 38-22, at Bay Shore on December 5, the Lady Sharks lost both of its matches in the Hampton Bays Tip-Off Tournament. On Friday, ESM fell, 44-38, to host Hampton Bays before losing in the consolation game to East Hampton, 58-48, on Saturday.
ESM came out quickly on Friday and enjoyed a small lead thanks to some hot shooting from sophomore Samantha Giacolone. Hampton Bays boasts a few shooters, too, and rebounded to take a 15-7 lead into the second quarter.
The Lady Sharks were able to take advantage of junior Kristen Anderson’s 6-foot-2-inch frame in the second quarter to outscore Hampton Bays 15-10. ESM still trailed by three points at halftime.
In the second half, the Lady Baymen put their stingy defender, senior Andrea Tufano, on Anderson and it cut down on the Lady Sharks’ offense. Hampton Bays wound up outscoring ESM 19-16 in the second half to earn the victory.
Giacolone led ESM with 15 points while Anderson had 14.
In the consolation game against East Hampton on Saturday, also held at Hampton Bays High School, the Lady Sharks trailed by just four points at halftime. East Hampton senior Kaelyn Ward scored 20 of her 26 points in the second half to secure the win for the Lady Bonackers.
Giacolone finished with 18 points while Anderson had 14.
Boys Beat Miller Place
The ESM boys basketball team picked up its first victory of the season with a 52-42 victory over Miller Place at home on Friday.
The Panthers actually had a 9-6 lead after the first quarter, but ESM outscored Miller Place 31-16 in the second and third quarters combined to earn the win.
Junior Dennis Sullivan scored a career-high 23 points while junior Mat Annunziata had 14 points and 10 rebounds, both career highs. Senior Devon Cummings added 10 points.
ESM head coach Chris Carlson said he thought his team played exceptionally well in the contest, especially on defense. The Sharks were able to limit Panthers top scorer, Corey Markiewicz, to just three points.
“I think we were a little tight in the first quarter. We weren’t ready to shoot,” Carlson said. “When we put some points up though, it takes pressure off of our defense, which helps.”
ON THE SCHEDULE: Girls—Friday, 12/14, at Rocky Point, 4 p.m.; Tuesday, 12/18, vs. Harborfields, 4 p.m. Boys—Friday, 12/14, vs. Rocky Point, 5:45 p.m.; Tuesday, 12/18, at Harborfields, 6 p.m.