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On This Day In History | 1997

February 4, 2015
The Bears | Fischer (1st row, 2nd from right)

The Bears | Fischer (1st row, 2nd from right)

On this day 18 years ago, the girls’ basketball topped Mattituck, 49-36, to stay in the hunt for the program’s first League Championship. Here is the recap from Gregg Sarra of Newsday:

Keith Singer never thought turning around the Stony Brook girls basketball program would be an easy task. How could he? The Bears had won a total of five games in the three years before his arrival. Five wins in 44 games.

Sophomore Rebecca Fischer scored 22 points and added 11 rebounds as the Bears halted Mattituck’s five-game winning streak and posted a 49-36 victory in yesterday’s Division IV game at Mattituck.

The Bears have arrived. Eight years after Singer endured a winless season, he has them on the winning track for the second straight season. And how fitting that the Bears’ rise is simultaneous with the addition of Fischer, a 6-1 center who enrolled at the school last season as a freshman by way of Midlothian, Va.

The girls would go on to win the program’s first League Title, beginning a reign of dominance for the Bears. Over the next 15 years they would win 11 more titles, cementing their place as one of Long Island’s premier programs.

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