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Gearing Up For The Playoffs

Publication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press
  Feb 13, 2012 2:11 PM
Feb 13, 2012 2:21 PM

Hello everyone! We had a tough game on Friday night against Center Moriches. Every team is better the second time around.

I hit my first half-court shot ever at the end of the first quarter. It seemed to change the momentum of the game. We ended the first quarter up 15-13. But not so fast—the Lady Devils pressed us and got consecutive turnovers. Normally, our coach would have called a time-out but he trusted us to work through our mistakes and we calmed ourselves down and got back on track. We knew we had to make better passes, play better D, and BOX OUT. Center Moriches threw a lot of different defenses at us but it didn’t matter, we were executing really well. The Lady Mariners remain focused and are still undefeated in our league.

Last year during this time we were fortunate enough to make the playoffs but got knocked out in the first round. This Saturday it’s playoff time again. This time it’s different because we now have the home court advantage. We need all you Mariner fans to come to the high school and root for your Lady Mariners. If we win the game on Saturday, we play at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue on Tuesday, February 21, at 8:30 p.m. The boys made the playoffs, too, so it’s a good time to get on board and maybe it will be a banner year for both teams.

AAU basketball is starting soon. Many of the players on my team will be featured in this year’s playoffs. Kesi Goree, my Mariners teammate, and players like Shanice Allen from Riverhead, Sam Burden from Carle Place, and Shannon Duer from Islip will all be impact players in this year’s high school playoff picture. There is no down time from the end of the high school season to my first AAU practice. Coach Flynn already has our tournament schedule. We will travel across the country in my final year of AAU basketball. It’s exciting to travel to different cities and compete against the best girls in the country. There’s usually always someone better than you, but no one should ever work harder than you.

I hope to see you soon at one of our playoff games.

As Coach Juni says, “Good, better, best, never let it rest!”

-Paris Hodges

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