Copiague will get big games from cousins Mikaiya Moore and Ihnacinse Grady on most occasions. The key will be finding another scoring threat.
The Eagles might have found one. Junior I'Asia O'Garro scored nine of her 13 points in the fourth quarter in her first varsity game to lead Copiague to a 51-43 win over Riverhead Saturday in the Suffolk Coaches Classic at Suffolk CC-Selden.
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"It helps free me up when teams focus on Mikaiya so much," O'Garro said. "I was able to get some good looks."
Moore is a talented freshman that started last season. She scored 19 points and Grady added 11. Copiague outscored Riverhead 22-11 in the fourth quarter after scoring just two points in the third quarter.
O'Garro hit a three-pointer to tie the score at 41 with 3:33 left in the game. Moore hit two free throws to give Copiague the lead for good at 43-41 with 2:42 left. O'Garro hit a pair of free throws 18 seconds later to make it a five-point game and hit a jumper with 1:49 remaining to make it 48-41.
"She earned a starting spot," Copiague coach Carole Olsen said. "She's going to be a key player. She can play like she did in the fourth quarter for the whole game."
Moore scored 12 points in the first quarter, but sat the final 4:44 of the first half with two fouls and the Eagles scored five points without her. Moore picked up her fourth foul with 6:39 left in the game and returned with less than three minutes remaining.
Riverhead, the defending Long Island Class AA champions, lost 10 players but returns Shanice Allen, who scored 13 points despite missing the entire first quarter with a shoulder injury. Naysha Trent missed last season with a torn ACL and she scored 19 points for Riverhead.
Sachem East wins. Katie Doherty had 18 points and nine rebounds, Kathleen Everson had nine points and five rebounds and Sammy Drake had five points and seven rebounds for Sachem East in a 50-41 win. Allie Clarke scored 15 points and Dorrien Van Dyke added 10 points for Northport.