For most of the first quarter during a League VII showdown at home with Mercy on January 15, it looked as though the Lady Baymen hoopsters would need their best effort to get by the winless Lady Monarchs. They matched Hampton Bays’ intensity and tempo and were demonstrating a sense of urgency, like a team literally looking for its first win. With a narrow seven-point lead to start the second quarter, Lady Baymen Andrea Tufano, Alexis Fotopoulos, and Sarah Juidice put on a demonstration of their own, scoring 26 of the team’s 28 points to help Hampton Bays pull away and easily defeat the Lady Monarchs (0-7), 72-14.
The Lady Baymen continued to increase their lead with a balanced scoring effort and solid defense for the remaining quarters. Hampton Bays held Mercy scoreless in both the second and fourth quarters while four Lady Baymen ended up scoring in double-digits. Tufano lead the way offensively for Hampton Bays, netting 17 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. Fotopoulos and Trish Liotta each finished with 13 points, and Juidice added 12 points including two 3-pointers. Hampton Bays dominated both ends of the boards, out-rebounding the Lady Monarchs. Defensively, Fotopoulos and Juidice also combined for a total of 13 steals.
The victory keeps Hampton Bays in contention for a playoff spot for now. According to Hampton Bays coach Pat McGunnigle, the postseason is still a real possibility. “We have to win four of six games, we can do that,” he said. “We lost to our next four opponents in good games,” he continued. “In every one, it was who takes charge at the end wins. Unfortunately, we were younger [then], so we didn’t take charge. But now we’re at the point where we have another year’s experience and they’ll handle that better.”
The team proved their coach right, for at least one game, on Friday night, beating Babylon 65-56 at home. The pair of wins moved Hampton Bays to 3-4 in League VII, 8-5 overall. They avenged a loss to the Lady Panthers from earlier in the season as well.
Four players reached double figures in that game, with freshman point guard Alexis Fotopoulos netting 20 points while senior forward Andrea Tufano had 15 points and 18 rebounds. Hannah Reed added 12 points, and Trish Liotta had 10. The Lady Baymen held a slim 17-14 lead after the first quarter, but padded their lead significantly at halftime by outscoring Babylon by 10 in the second quarter.
Hampton Bays now needs to win three of its last five games to finish with an even record in league play and qualify for the postseason. They have games coming up against the top three teams in the league (Southampton, Center Moriches and Mattituck) and will also play the bottom two teams (Wyandanch and Mercy) once more.
Boys Drop Two
On Tuesday, January 15, 2013, the Hampton Bays (0-8) boys basketball team almost pulled off an upset against League VII rival Mercy in Riverhead. The Baymen led the Monarchs after two quarters, 20-14, but couldn’t hang on for the win as Mercy outlasted the Baymen to win, 46-42. Harry Fotopoulos (16 points) and Luke Gustafson (10 points) led the Baymen in scoring.
On Friday, January 18, 2013 Hampton Bays traveled to Babylon looking for their first League VII win. Unfortunately the Panthers (7-1) had other ideas and won convincingly, 50-25. Babylon’s defense held Hampton Bays to a total of 13 points through the first three quarters. The Baymen found some success in the fourth quarter scoring 12 points, but Babylon was able to match and exceed them with 15 points of their own. Harry Fotopoulos (8 points) led the team in scoring. Phil DiPierdomenico and Dan Marte each had five points.ON THE SCHEDULE: Girls—Tuesday, 1/22, at Mattituck, 5:45 p.m.; Friday, 1/25, vs. Wyandanch, 7 p.m.; Tuesday, 1/29, at Center Moriches, 4:30 p.m. Boys—Tuesday, 1/22, vs. Mattituck, 5:45 p.m.; Friday, 1/25, at Wyandanch, 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 1/29, vs. Center Moriches, 5:45 p.m.