Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 26 February 2010 00:00
The basketball playoff season is under way and the Massapequa High School girls’ team is off to a flying start.
On Feb. 17, the Lady Chiefs won their Class AA quarterfinal game, defeating Mepham, 66-40. Massapequa advanced to a semifinal match this past Wednesday against Baldwin. The Massapequan Observer went to press before such results could be listed, but a follow-up will appear in next week’s issue.
In the Mepham game, the Lady Chiefs, playing at home, jumped out to a 13-4 first quarter lead and never were challenged after that. Nikki Daly led a well-balanced scoring attack with 15 points. Andrea Arnold followed with 14 points, all coming in the second half. Jackie Tierney (12) and Danielle Doherty (11) also scored in double figures, while scoring ace Casey Bartels had eight points. The Lady Chiefs scored well from three-point range. Nikki Daly had three three-pointers, while Andea Arnold and Jackie Tierney had two each. Danielle Doherty also had seven assists to compliment her 11 points.
While the girls’ squad advanced, the boys’ team saw their winning season come to an end, as they lost an away game to Farmingdale, 36-21.
As the score suggests, the contest was a low-scoring affair, as the Chiefs could never get untracked on offense. Massapequa went into the locker room with a 15-13 first half lead, but they failed to score a point in the third quarter. Farmingdale outscored Massapequa 12-0 in the third frame, grabbing a lead they would never relinquish. Matt Young had six points for Massapequa, all of them coming on two three-pointers.
The Chiefs finished the season with a 10-7 mark overall, going 7-6 in conference play.