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Burke Nets 1,000th as Bears Clinch Outright League Title in OT

February 14, 2011

Jess Winston (shown here vs. Shelter Island) help lead the Bears to a huge win

It took extra time, but the girls basketball team made Valentine’s Day a little sweeter by clinching the League VIII Championship outright over 2nd place Pierson/Bridgehampton (8-3) with a 49-41 victory over Southold.  Playing without Natalie Istrati, sidelined with a stress fracture, the girls knew it would be a vastly different game than the 50-25 beating they handed the Settlers on 1/18.  The 1st quarter signaled it would be a tighter contest as it was evenly matched and ended in an 11-11 deadlock.  Scoring was difficult to come by in the 2nd frame and Southold won the period 5-2 to take a 3 point edge into the break.  The Bears battled back with a 16-11 3rd quarter, eclipsing their 1st half point total to take a 2-point advantage into the pivotal period.

The Brook still clung to a slim 3-point lead with 30 seconds left in the 4th, but a Southold trifecta sent the game into overtime.  In the 5 minute extra period the Bears offense finally clicked into gear as they outscored the Settlers 12-4.  Brannon Burke (20 points) and Jess Winston (16 points) came up huge in Istrati’s absence, combining for 8 of 10 free throws in overtime to seal the win.  Danielle Pappas came up with a huge 8 points, tying her season high, and Ariana Odom chipped in 5.  Additionally, Burke’s scoring performance put her over the 1,000 point mark for her career, our 1st girls basketball player to accomplish the milestone since Sadie Singer last season.  The Bears wrap up their regular season at home Wednesday 2/16 vs. Mercy.

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