On this day 13 years ago, the girls’ basketball team won the Suffolk County Class C/D Championship with a 76-29 victory over Shelter Island. Here is the recap of the game from Mark Macyk of Newsday.
Spiliotis, Singer Propel Bears to C/D Crown
The Stony Brook girls’ basketball team has won eight straight games, all by double-digits, and has rolled undefeated through League VIII and Class C. There could be a tendency to relax and play down to the competition.
But Stony Brook isn’t content to rule the east end of Suffolk County this year. The Bears are dreaming bigger – Suffolk Small School titles, Long Island Championships and a trip upstate.
Stony Brook took another step last night with a 76-29 win over Class D’s Shelter Island in the Suffolk C/D Championship game at Longwood High School. Danielle Spiliotis led the way with 19 points and seven rebounds and point guard Sadie Singer added 14 points and eight assists.
The Bears (16-3) came out shooting 7-for-10 from three-point range and riding an aggressive defense to a 46-10 halftime lead.
“You always have to play hard no matter who it is,” Singer said. “We just had this mentality to play hard every possession on defense and the rest would take care of itself.”
Stony Brook lost to Hampton Bays in last year’s B/C game and Wyandanch the two seasons before. The Bears will take on Wyandanch for the B/C title on Saturday at 11:30am at St. Joseph’s College.
“Each game focus on what you have to do,” Singer said. “That’s how you become better and how you become what you are as a team. It’s all preparation for the [next games].”
Andraya Spiliotis and Brannon Burke had 14 points apiece, as Stony Brook displayed its balance and depth. Coach Keith Singer says at any moment the Bears might have four legitimate three-point threats on the floor. Having Danielle Spiliotis who is 6-1 and one of the best three-point shooters in the county certainly helps.
“I can go outside if a bigger girl is guarding me and inside if it’s a little girl,” said Danielle. “Whatever the team needs at that point, I’ll provide it.”
MacKenzie Needham had 11 points and Katie McGayhey 10 for Shelter Island (5-9), which will take on Section IX’s Class D champion. “They’re a superior team and this game was kind of one we had to play to go on,” said coach Rick Osmer. “Hopefully the teams we play in states aren’t that good.”
The Bears went on to win the first of three straight Long Island Championships before winning the program’s first Regional Championship to earn a berth in the New York State Final Four.