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Massapequa Girls Basketball Wins KSA Holiday Classic

Lady Chiefs tied for first in conference play

With the second half of the 2011-2012 season underway, the Massapequa High School girls basketball team is off to another great start. Massapequa is tied for first in Conference AA-I play with a 4-0 record and an 8-1 tally overall. Added on to this, in December, the Lady Chiefs traveled to Orlando, FL, where the team won the KSA Holiday Classic.

And as action picked up on Jan. 6, the Lady Chiefs could look back at a sterling first half. After losing their opener to Sacred Heart on Dec. 10, Massapequa reeled off six straight victories, capped by a close 51-48 triumph over Kellenberg on Dec. 30.

On Jan. 6, Massapequa got off the second half of the season the right way by easily defeating Farmingdale, 51-27. Morgan Roessler had 12 points and Danielle Doherty added 11, as Massapequa pulled out to a 32-13 first half lead.

Massapequa’s winning streak has had both a national and international flavor to it. In mid-December, the Lady Chiefs played a team from Canada and two from Pennsylvania to win the KSA Classic.

On Dec. 15, Massapequa defeated St. Joseph’s, a high school in Ontario, Canada by a 51-24 margin. Sarah Grzybowski scored 12 points, while Danielle Doherty added 9 first quarter tallies.

That was followed by two wins over teams from Pennsylvania.

On Dec. 16, Massapequa topped Chichester High School, 49-43. The Lady Chiefs grabbed a second quarter lead and held on for the win, led by Morgan Roessler’s 13 points, which included seven in the fourth quarter. Danielle Doherty added 10 points in the win.

In the championship match, Massapequa came from behind in the third quarter to defeat Upper St. Claire, 40-35. The Lady Chiefs outscored Upper St. Claire, 16-11 in the final frame and were led by Joanne Josephson with 10 points and Danielle Doherty with six points. For her steady play throughout the tournament, Ms. Doherty was named to the All-Conference team.

After winning the KSA crown, it was back to conference play. In late December, Massapequa defeated both Uniondale, 47-31 and Oceanside, 47-30. Morgan Roessler had 14 points in both wins, while Danielle Doherty also scored in double digits in the two wins.