The Class BC final is often looked as a bragging rights game. The teams involved have already advanced to the Long Island championship and use the contest as both a tuneup to the LIC and a steppingstone to that other, bigger bragging rights game: the Suffolk small-schools title.

Friday night's Southampton girls basketball game against Stony Brook at Eastport-South Manor was not necessarily that.

But you could argue that for Southampton's Rashelle Baker and Sydney Katz, it was a little bit better.

Stony Brook, a Class C boarding school playing without all but one of its starters thanks to Presidents week, used all five available girls, including a seventh- and eighth-grade call-up. Southampton, out of sportsmanship, played only one of its starters at a time. The result was lopsided -- 36-10, Southampton -- but the experience was memorable, Baker said.

"The main thing was confidence," Baker said. "Starting was a real challenge, it was hard and it's not something we're used to . . . But I had fun. We did what we had to do."

Baker's smooth outside shot accounted for four of Southampton's 10 first-quarter points and Katz, a fierce presence in the paint, had six of her 10 points in the first half. Baker finished with a game-high 12, all on treys, and played all but one minute.

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"It was weird when they were saying starters come out, and then it's us," said Katz, who played the entire game. "But I remembered to stay strong and not be so messy . . . Absolutely" there was added pressure.

The Mariners (14-3) led 20-4 at the half.

Stony Brook got on the board with baskets by Ali Rothaar (six points) and Mikaela Stiklickas. Eighth-grader Meghan Hutzler scored her first varsity points.

Southampton moves on to play the winner of Glenn vs. Harborfields on Wednesday night at Northport in the small schools final.

"What I want people to see and understand is that we're encouraging personal excellence," Southampton coach Rich Wingfield said. "It's more about that than rah-rah-rah competition. It's important that the children feel good about themselves when they leave here."