Whitman’s Girls Basketball Earns Big Win
In an hotly contested battle, Whitman’s Girls Basketball team beat rival Northport 48-41 in the Coaches vs Cancer Basketball game on Tuesday evening. With the score knotted at 11 ending the first quarter, Whitman’s defense allowed only 4 points to end the first half up by 11. “I thought the 2nd quarter was our most important one to go into the half with an 11 point lead was really big,” said Wildcat coach Mr. Dan Trebour. “While I our defense was really good, it was our offense, attacking the rim and getting some of their starters in foul trouble, that really helped us in that 2nd quarter.” Northport made a run in the 4th quarter scoring 14 points, but the Wildcats answered with 17 of their own. “We mixed up our man-to-man and zone defenses to keep them on their heels a little bit” added Coach Trebour. Junior Kelly Bilodeau had a tremendous game with 18 points and seven rebounds. “Kelly went 4 for 4 from the free throw line in the 4th quarter and she was really clutch when we needed it the most.” continued Coach Trebour. Essence Casey contributed 14 points with strong aggressive play, Katira Jemmott added 6 points, Julia Cranz and Hayley Mena each with 4 points and Marissa Olsen with 2 points all contributed to the win. This was the final of the two annual ‘Coaches vs Cancer’ games with rival Northport. “Cancer touches so may of us, this is a really an important cause.” said Coach Trebour. “Between the 2 games we raised over $1,000 to be donated to the American Cancer Society.” Whitman’s next home game is Tuesday, February 7th against West Islip at 6PM in Whitman’s South Gym. “I really liked our team effort, our aggressiveness, and I’m really happy to see our basketball maturity on the court.” Whitman is presently tied for 2nd place with a 7-3 record and 4 games remaining in the regular season.
photo above: Whitman Junior Captain Kelly Bilodeau drives to the basket against Northport
Story and Photo by Steve Bartholomew