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Friends Academy LI Champs

Lady Quakers edge out Stony Brook in

Long Island Class C Championship

After four quarters of nail-biting action and back-and-forth baskets, the Friends Academy Varsity Girls Basketball team ultimately prevailed against Stony Brook in the March 6 Class C Long Island Championship, 29-25 at Hofstra University.

Bringing home the Long Island title represented the furthest the girls basketball program has come. “This is the first Long Island Championship in the history of the program,” said head coach Ryan Schneider.

The Lady Quakers finished their regular season on Feb. 11.  After starting the season off 1-2 in conference, 2013 proved to be their year as they finished 8-3 in the new year and fourth place overall. This date also marked a celebration of five seniors in their last home game, in which they beat #1 Cold Spring Harbor, snapping their quest for a second consecutive undefeated season.

While the girls finished their season in dramatic fashion by beating #2 ranked Carle Place the previous week, they lost a close one to Cold Spring Harbor in the Small Schools Championship game.  Advancing to Regionals at Adelphi University, the Quakers ultimately fell to Alexander Hamilton HS. “The girls made tremendous improvements throughout the season,” remarked Schneider. “Their fast-paced offense, combined with scrappy and relentless defense have made all the difference,” he added.

Four players received awards, including Lindsay O’Sullivan (Old Brookville) - All County, Kristina Kim (Huntington Bay) and Rose Mangiarotti (Locust Valley) - All Class, and Marissa Tidona (North Bellmore) - All Conference.