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Copiague poised for success

Copiague's Mikaiya Moore shoots a free throw against

Copiague's Mikaiya Moore shoots a free throw against Longwood in the Suffolk girls basketball game. (Dec. 11, 2012) (Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Copiague is a team that has the ingredients to make a deep run in Suffolk Class AA. The Eagles have two wins over likely playoff teams in the class after a 54-46 home win over Longwood tonight. Longwood will be one of the top teams in the class, too.

Freshman Mikaiya Moore is one of the most talented players on Long Island and she’s only a freshman and started last season, so she has some varsity experience. She will be a matchup nightmare for teams and her cousin, sophomore point guard, Ihnacinse Grady is a quick guard that sets up her teammates well. Both flashed their talents in the win over Longwood. Moore had 19 points, 13 rebounds and six blocked shots and Grady added 13 points, including going 6-for-6 from the foul line in the final quarter.

Copiague has some size on the front line and got good performances on the boards from Paige Corkins, Aiysha Dunlap, and Tracey McFadden despite all three fouling out in the fourth quarter.

Copiague’s defense was excellent and with Longwood threatening to take the lead a few times, the Eagles responded. They did the same in their opening game against Riverhead when they trailed midway through the fourth quarter before pulling out 51-43 win over the defending Suffolk Class AA champions on Saturday.

“It shows we are tough,” Copiague coach Carole Olsen said. “We have a lot to work on but it’s early in the season. This game was great. They see there’s a lot to work on, but they know what they have what it takes to win.”

Tags: Longwood , Kiersten West , Mikaiya Moore , Ihnacinse Grady , Tracey McFadden , Aiysha Dunlap , Paige Corkins , Copiague , girls basketball

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