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On This Day in History | 2010

January 19, 2018
G Basketball 2010

Burke in the home match-up vs. Mercy in 2010

On this day eight years ago, the girls’ basketball team dominated Mercy on their own court, 62-27. Here is the recap of the game from Bob Liepa of The Suffolk Times.


With Stony Brook, Defense Makes a Big Difference

The Stony Brook School Bears are in first place for a reason.

Their defense is A-1. It’s a hounding defense, a defense that never seems to tire of swarming around ball-handlers and forcing them into mistakes. “We really try to focus on defense,” Stony Brook forward Brannon Burke said. “It’s the core of our offense… It’s imperative. You can’t win games without defense.”

The Bears know a thing or two about defense — and winning. If the Bishop McGann-Mercy Monarchs forgot about how tough a defense Stony Brook plays, they were served with a vivid reminder on Tuesday night. Stony Brook’s suffocating defense held McGann-Mercy to no field goals and only three points in the first half of a 62-27 trouncing by the Bears in a Suffolk County League VIII girls’ basketball game in Riverhead . Whether playing man-to-man or zone defenses, Stony Brook (12-1, 7-0) did what it usually does — create trouble for its opponents. McGann-Mercy (3-7, 3-4) turned the ball over 27 times, 11 more than the Bears. After shooting 0-for-10 from the field in the first half, the Monarchs didn’t hit their first field goal until Brieanne Bieber sank a shot 11 seconds into the third quarter. By that time Stony Brook held a commanding 35-5 lead.

The result illustrated Stony Brook’s depth. Although the Bears were missing Emily Carmel, one of their regular starters, to illness, they didn’t seem to miss a beat. “We have some girls who really stepped up, and it was really awesome to watch,” said Burke. The defending Suffolk Class C and League VIII champions received 14 points from one of their reserve players, Donna Liotine, and 11 from Jessica Winston. Winston connected for four of Stony Brook’s nine three-pointers. Sadie Singer added nine points and seven assists.

“The good thing about this team is we are fairly deep,” Stony Brook Coach Keith Singer said. “We’ll play eight or nine in any game and I’ve got some girls this year coming off the bench who might have been starters for me in other years.” Stony Brook received good rebounding from Burke (eight points, 12 rebounds, seven steals, four assists) and Candace Baker (seven points, 10 rebounds). The Bears won the battle of the boards, 41-25 (18-5 on the offensive end). But it was defense, perhaps, that made the biggest difference.

What helps make the Bears such good defenders is they are strong as well as quick. It was that defense which limited McGann-Mercy to only three first-half points. “The defense was tremendous, just excellent,” Keith Singer said. “The whole team takes a lot of pride in that end of the court. They really try to focus fundamentally on denying the ball, pushing people away from the basket… all the little things.”


The Bears would go on to win a sixth straight League Championship, a fifth straight County Championship, and a second straight Long Island Championship that season.



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