Written by Vinny Messana Thursday, 16 January 2014 00:00
Despite a strong defense in the first half, the Westbury girls basketball team was not able to hold off Garden City’s star player, junior Sam Auricchio, at last Tuesday’s game. The team fought hard, but fell to Garden City 61-41 at the away game at Garden City High School.
Auricchio scored 26 of her 37 points in the second half, which allowed the Trojans to pull away from the Dragons. She wasted no time in hitting a three pointer immediately following halftime, and followed that up with a layup off of a steal to put the Trojans up by nine. They did not allow the Dragons to get any closer than that for the remainder of the game.
The first quarter was a struggle for both teams. The Trojans were playing a full-court press which was hindering the Dragons rhythm on offense. It was leading to a bevy of turnovers but the Trojans were not able to convert on many fast-break opportunities.
Frustrations mounted for the Trojans, as Westbury got the team to accumulate eight fouls in just over one quarter. Despite their advantage in time of possession, Westbury trailed 14-8 at the end of the first quarter.
The Dragons were able to get on a bit of a run in the second quarter, thanks to solid play by Kayla Bomani who scored 11 points in the first half. The defense was also being more aggressive which was forcing the Trojans into uncomfortable shots. They were also able to limit second chance opportunities by rebounding well. At the end of the first half, the score remained close at 21-17.
The second half was a much different story. Auricchio hit her stride which really allowed the Trojans to run away with the lead. Once they had the lead, Westbury could not score at a pace that would unnerve Garden City.
“We would’ve had a much better chance if we were at full strength”, said Westbury’s Assistant Coach, in regards to the team’s injuries. “I think that’s what made the difference.”