Bears Roar vs. Portledge

Scanlon in action vs. Smithtown Christian (PC: Gabby Sun)

On Friday afternoon, the girls’ basketball team opened up PSAA play with a resounding victory over Portledge in their PSAA opener.

The Bears scored the first 21 points of the game and never looked back in a cathartic win that avenged last year’s tournament semifinal loss. Niamh Scanlon opened up the scoring with a steal that led to an and-1. Ava McCormick followed with a steal that fed Jocelyn McCrain for a layup. A Scanlon 3-pointer and a McCormick layup gave The Brook a 10-0 lead, prompting a Panther timeout, but nothing could stem the Blue & White tide on this day. Layups from McCormick and Scanlon and a pair of jumpers from McCrain and Quinn Davey swelled the lead to 18-0 before a Scanlon 3-pointer capped the run. A Portledge free throw with 2.9 seconds left saved them from being shut out in the frame.

The lead continued to mushroom in the second period behind 3-pointers from Scanlon, Davey, and McCrain. McCrain’s buzzer-beater gave the Bears a 42-3 margin at the half on the way to a dominant 57-13 win.

McCrain led all scorers with 19 points. Scanlon added 15, McCormick 9, Quinn Davey 7, Myla Lombardo 5, and Scarlett Davey 2.

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