Ward Melville came into Thursday night's League I battle on a roll winning seven consecutive games, including victories over some quality teams. But Sachem East showed there's still a considerable gap between itself and the rest of the league. Sachem East won on the road, 63-37 and improved to 5-0 in league play. Ward Melville dropped to 3-1 in the league. The Patriots have been the second best team in the league, but struggled to solve the Flaming Arrows defense, who didn't allow a double-digit quarter after allowing 11 first-quarter points.

Sachem East has won leagues games by  26, 34, 21, 44 and 6 points in what appears to be the most competitive league in Class AA. The six-point win came when Boston College-bound Kristen Doherty and Meagan Doherty were out with injuries. Meagan played in her second game after missing nearly a month with a partially torn left MCL. She wore a brace on the knee and played limited minutes. She isn't 100 percent yet, but her presence gives the team another ball handler and outside shooter. Kristen scored 29 points and Kelsey Ferguson scored eight. Caitlin Hopkins had five points and 10 rebounds.

Sachem East has appeared in two consecutive county championships and it would be a surprise if it didn't make it three straight.

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