The Hampton Bays girls basketball team will miss the Suffolk County Class B playoffs, having lost both of its games last week when two wins in its final three games were needed to squeeze into the postseason.
After losing at Center Moriches on January 29, 60-34, the Lady Baymen lost at home to crosstown rival Southampton on Friday, 50-41. The team’s final game of the season will be Friday at Mercy.
This season has been a bit of an anomaly for the Lady Baymen, who were expecting to vie for the county title. They have showed flashes of greatness, but only against weaker teams—with 40-point-plus victories over teams such as Wyandanch, Shelter Island and Stony Brook. Meanwhile, the team failed to win games against tougher opponents, like Southampton, Center Moriches and Mattituck.
Hampton Bays (4-7 in League VII play, 9-8 overall) was down just two points at halftime at Center Moriches last week, but the Lady Red Devils exploded for 28 points in the third quarter and held the Lady Baymen to just six points to take over the game. Senior Claire Brady led the third-quarter attack for Center Moriches, sinking four three-pointers during that run. She finished 4 for 8 from three-point range and led all scorers with 20 points.
Hampton Bays then held a 10-9 lead over Southampton on Friday but then were outscored 14-5 in the second quarter, which allowed the reigning county champion Lady Mariners back into the game. Hampton Bays held its own in the second half, with Southampton only outscoring the Lady Baymen by a single point, but the second quarter proved to be the difference.
Baymen Seeking A Victory
The Hampton Bays boys basketball team will look to avoid a winless League VII season this week, having lost both of its contests last week. The Baymen played at Port Jefferson on Tuesday and will finish the season on Friday at Mercy.
Hampton Bays (0-12 in League VII play, 2-14 overall) lost at home to Center Moriches on January 29, 58-39. Then on Thursday, January 31, the Baymen gave playoff-bound Southampton a bit of a scare, as they jumped out to a 12-7 lead in the first quarter. But the Mariners turned things around, outscoring Hampton Bays by 36-13 in the second and third quarters, en route to a 59-50 win. Senior Harry Fotopoulos scored a game-high 24 points for the Baymen in the loss.ON THE SCHEDULE: Girls—Friday, 2/8, at Mercy, 6:15 p.m. Boys—Tuesday, 2/5, at Port Jefferson, 6:15 p.m.; Friday, 2/8, vs. Mercy, 7 p.m.