Holly Logan's 19 points help Cold Spring Harbor to Nassau B final
Cold Spring Harbor's Holly Logan doesn't know losing.
The sophomore point guard joined the girls basketball team in eighth grade and helped the Seahawks win two consecutive Nassau Class B titles.
In Saturday's county Class B semifinal, she knew what it took to give her team a chance at a third.
Logan scored 14 of her career-high 19 points in the first half as the top-seeded Seahawks knocked off No. 4 Oyster Bay, 55-33.
Cold Spring Harbor (15-3) will play No. 2 Carle Place in the Nassau Class B final, Saturday at LIU Post.
"Every year it's still nerve-racking in the playoffs because you never know what can happen with upsets, but I'm excited to be in the finals again," Logan said. "It never gets old."
Added Cold Spring Harbor coach Rory Malone: "I don't know if there's a correlation there if we got good when she joined the team but she's only known winning in basketball so we're trying to keep that going."
Logan led the Seahawks as they broke the game open in the second quarter after a tightly contested first period. Cold Spring Harbor outscored Oyster Bay 14-4 to take a 30-17 lead at the half, as the 5-3 Logan confidently took the ball to the hoop and was able to score inside.
"I think we tightened up our defense in the second quarter and Holly Logan took over," Malone said. "She's fearless driving to the basket and she made some incredible shots."
Center Brianna Noak said that the team re-energized itself after the first quarter.
"After we played the first we said, 'guys we're so much better than this, we have to show what we can do,' and we showed them what we got," Noak said.
Oyster Bay had stayed close in the first quarter as Caroline Kelly (12 points) and Hannah Kaiser (nine points) both converted key three-point plays. The Lady Baymen took their only lead of the game at 9-7 with 4:33 to go in the first, but Kelly Vassallo's three-pointer quickly put the Seahawks back ahead, 10-9.
Logan would score the last six points of the quarter for Cold Spring Harbor, crossing over her defender for a layup to make it 12-9 and driving through traffic on two straight possessions to make it 16-13 after one.
"We were fast breaking a lot so their defense was spread out and that created space for driving to the basket and opened lanes for me," Logan said.
In the third, a late pullup by Katie Durand at the foul line and a buzzer-beating baseline jumper by Alexandra Buonfiglio extended the Seahawks' lead to 43-27 heading into the fourth quarter.
Logan gave the Seahawks a 20-point lead on a three-point play with 5:04 left in the fourth when she took the ball end-to end for a layup and converted the ensuing free throw. Durand then hit a three-pointer to make it 53-30 with 3:52 to go.
Durand finished with 11 points and four blocks, Noak had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Logan added four steals.
"It's almost like you wait all season to get here again," Malone said of reaching the county final. "This is what we've been itching for to get back to and hopefully we play well."