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Girls Varsity Basketball Makes Mid-Season Playoff Push

The Mineola Girls Varsity Basketball team is now in mid-season, posting a 4-3 league record and a 7-5 overall record so far.

Competition has been stiff, and Mineola is fighting to lock in second place. They must win the remaining league games and Island Trees must lose one more. The season’s highlight game was on Jan. 13 when Mineola beat Seaford, the team that tied for Conference Champions with Mineola last year. Mineola was down one point with 1:22 left in the game when Samantha Venus hit 2 consecutive three pointers to give Mineola the lead, 45-40, game ending at 40-44, Mineola prevailing.

Senior Kerri Medlock is the seventh ranked scoring leader on Long Island, averaging 21 points a game. She has had two career highs at 32 points against Clarke and North Shore respectively.

In addition, she ranks third for rebounding, averaging 13 per game. Kerri Medlock was also the recipient of the prestigious Reggie Carter Memorial Basketball Award for her outstanding leadership qualities and character along with Matt Moro.

Junior Julie Falotico, point guard, has been averaging 4 assists a game and playing tenacious defense. Freshman Charlotte Renker, coming off an injury and beginning her season in January, has contributed 8 points a game along with several strong efforts on the boards. Samantha Venus poses another offensive threat for the Lady Mustangs. She has been averaging 9 points a game, loves shooting the three, and adds physical strength to our inside game.

The Lady Mustangs are guard heavy with starter Katie Priolo and support from Kat Burns, Lauren Fischer, and Marisa Athans, all players that are looked to for additional scoring.  Junior Erica Cunha, another guard, gets time when we need a defensive player with heart and hustle.

When they need height and hustle, Mineola depends on sophomore Valerie Fischer. Valerie plays with tremendous speed and agility and adds to the tempo of the game.

Lastly, both Addie McKeever and Tess Cannell have provided strong relief when our starting forwards and center need a break. Tess has great basketball sense and plays smart. Addie can provide scoring and defense.

Mineola is still in contention for making playoffs. The next five games are critical, but with hard work and focus, the Lady Mustangs can do it.