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Girls Squad Loses Semifinal Match

Season Ends for Massapequa Basketball

The Massapequa High School girls’ basketball squad saw its winning season come to an end recently when they fell to second seed Baldwin, 50-38 in a Conference AA-I semifinal away game played on Feb. 24.

The game slipped away from Massapequa in the second quarter. The first quarter was a low-scoring affair, with Baldwin taking a 6-4 lead. However, in the second quarter, Baldwin pulled away, outscoring Massapequa, 20-10 to take a 26-14 lead into halftime.

Nikki Daly (11 points) and Andrea Arnold (10 points) both scored in double figures for Massapequa, which ended the season with a 12-7 mark overall and 8-4 record in Conference AA-I play. Five of Andrea’s 10 points came from the free throw line.

On Feb. 17, the Lady Chiefs won their Class AA quarterfinal game, defeating Mepham, 66-40. 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, Andrea Arnold, Jackie Tierney and Danielle Doherty all scored in double figures.

While the girls’ squad advanced to the semifinal found, the boys’ team saw their winning season come to an end, as they lost an away game to Farmingdale, 36-21.

The Chiefs finished the season with a 10-7 mark overall, going 7-6 in conference play.

On the scoring side, four Massapequa players——Nikki Daly (175), Danielle Doherty (149), Casey Bartels (122), and Jackie Tierney (107)——had over 100 points for the entire season. Ms. Daly had an exceptional year from the three-point range, knocking down 34 points from long range shooting. Danille Doherty led the team in field goals with 45, followed by Casey Bartels, who had 41 field goals.

For the boys’ squad, Patrick Meehan was a tower of strength on offense all year, finishing the year with 188 points. Matt Smocovich (134) and Kevin Flecker (101) also had over 100 points, with John Cerulli checking in under the wire with 96 points. Meehan’s scoring included 60 field goals, 11 three-pointers, and 35 free throws. Smocovich had 16 three pointers, while Flecker scored 13 goals from long range, also.

Returning players from both squads will now take a pause, prepare for the next season over the summer months as they hope to continue Massapequa’s winning ways on the hardwood in the 2010-2011 season.