It was a mixed bag in terms of results for the Pierson boys and girls basketball teams and the Bridgehampton boys basketball team last week.
The Killer Bees held steady with a 5-5 record after splitting games, beating Southold, 65-36, at home on January 22 before losing to undefeated league leader Stony Brook in a 68-41 road game on Friday. The Pierson boys also split their games, easily cruising past Smithtown Christian for a 69-48 home win on January 22 before taking just their second loss of the league season, falling, 59-49, at Greenport on Friday.
The Lady Whalers, meanwhile, fell just short in a rematch with Class C rival Port Jefferson, losing 39-36 at home on Friday. Before that, they beat Smithtown Christian, 47-27, on the road on January 22.
Killer Bees head coach Carl Johnson said that turnovers were a problem for his team in the loss to Stony Brook (10-0, 11-2). The game was close until the Bears went on a 10-0 run to close out the first half, taking a 31-21 lead into the break. Jason Hopson led Bridgehampton with 14 points in the loss.
Against Southold (3-7, 4-10), the Killer Bees got off to a great start and never looked back, owning an 18-2 lead after the first quarter and a 40-12 lead at halftime. Balanced scoring was key for Bridgehampton in that win. Hopson led the team with 22 points and 14 rebounds, while Devin Brevard had 10 points, Tylik Furman and Jerome Walker each had nine, Josh Lamison had eight and Anajae Lamb had seven.
The Bees needed only two more wins to clinch a spot in the playoffs and had important games coming up. Three of their last four games are against Class D foes, and their performances in those games will be key in the playoff run.
In the loss to Greenport, Pierson (8-2) held a slim 29-26 halftime lead, but the Porters (6-3) chipped away in the second half and were ultimately able to avenge a loss to the Whalers from earlier in the season. Jake Bennett led Pierson with 16 points, while Forrest Loesch had 11 and Joey Butts had 10.
In the win over Smithtown Christian, Loesch led all scorers with 24 points and eight assists, while Pat Sloane had 15 points and eight rebounds. Jackson Marienfeld chipped in nine points.
The Lady Whalers moved to 5-4 in league play with their split of games, and needed just one more win to qualify for the postseason. Kasey Gilbride led Pierson (5-4) with nine points in the loss to Port Jeff (7-1), while Bridget Canavan was the high scorer in the win over Smithtown Christian with 13 points, and Sydnee McKie-Senior added 11.ON THE SCHEDULE: Bridgehampton—Tuesday, 1/29, vs. Smithtown Christian, 6 p.m.; Friday, 2/1, at Shelter Island, 4 p.m. Pierson boys—Tuesday, 1/29, vs. Shelter Island, 6:15 p.m.; Thursday, 1/31, at Southold, 6:15 p.m. Pierson girls—Tuesday, 1/29, at Shelter Island, 4 p.m.; Thursday, 1/31, vs. Southold/Greenport, 6:15 p.m.