Friday, 30 December 2011 00:00
The North Shore girls’ varsity season tipped off against Lynbrook in the opening round of the Wantagh Booster Club Invitational Tournament. This was a game that the team had been looking forward to for quite some time as Lynbrook knocked North Shore out of the playoffs last year 69-68.
This game was eerily similar to last year’s game, with North Shore’s defense, led by Alex Cantwell and Erin Sheerin, sparking an 8-0 run to end the first quarter with the Vikings up 23-19, en route to a 41-34 halftime. In the third quarter, the Vikings went ice-cold and found themselves down 52-50 to start the fourth quarter. When North Shore needed a spark it turned to its defense, led by Christine Castiglione, Micaela Dussel, Tara Feehan and Caroline Robertson (5 steals), the team did a tremendous job frustrating Lynbrook and with Amanda Johansen leading the offense with 13 of her 23 points in the fourth quarter the Vikings came back for a 69-63 victory. Johansen finished with 23 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals.
In the finals, North Shore faced Sewanhaka and really turned up their defense. Sparked by 10 first quarter steals, the Vikings began the game on a 19-0 run to, en route to a 41-17 halftime lead. It was a game of firsts, as freshman Samantha Capobianco scored her first five varsity points and 7th-grader Ashleigh Sheerin scored her first two varsity points in the third quarter to thunderous applause. It was also the first time the Vikings won the Wantagh Invitational Tournament with a 68-49 victory, as the plaque was picked up at half court by injured captain Laura Wefer. Erin Sheerin was named to the All-Tournament Team and Amanda Johansen was MVP. The early pre-season was finished up with a very physical and intense road game at Kings Park. The team struggled to click early, but got a nice boost from Bridget Lincoln’s two first half three-pointers. The pace was furious and the amount of bodies that hit the floor was innumerable, but despite the best efforts of the girls, they lost 81-70. The Vikings were led by Amanda Johansen’s 27 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.