Van Buren, Roessler lead Massapequa over Farmingdale

Massapequa's Morgan Roessler dribbles upcourt in the first

Massapequa's Morgan Roessler dribbles upcourt in the first quarter. (Jan. 8, 2013) (Credit: James Escher)

Despite having no field goals and nine turnovers in the first quarter, Massapequa led by eight at halftime Tuesday over Farmingdale.

Lauren Van Buren made sure the game was never in doubt after that. The senior forward scored a career-high 18 points and added 10 rebounds and Morgan Roessler had 13 points and 10 rebounds in Massapequa's 54-26 home win in Nassau Conference AA-I girls basketball.

Farmingdale (8-1, 3-1), led by Nadine Hadnagy's 14 points, had a 6-4 lead after one quarter. Meghan McCabe gave Massapequa (8-0, 5-0) the lead for good at 13-11 with 2:59 left in the first half.

Rachel Sieber scored on a fast-break layup with 50 seconds left in the first half to cap a 12-0 run and give the Chiefs a 19-11 halftime lead.

Then Van Buren went to work to ensure an easy win. She scored to open the second half and followed with a blocked shot. She added a steal and four more points, including a basket off a feed from Roessler with 4:46 left in the third quarter to cap a 24-0 run and extend the lead to 31-11.

"We cut a lot of the turnovers and were smart with the ball in the second half," Van Buren said. "We have a deep bench and can wear teams down. I didn't know what to expect before the season. We lost seven seniors and have a lot of inexperienced players. The bench has played really well."

Massapequa has some height and took advantage of it after Farmingdale's 6-footer Courtney Irby picked up her third foul with 2:35 left in the first half.

"We talked a lot about getting the ball inside," Massapequa coach Shari Roessler said. "Irby has improved a lot and when she got in foul trouble we were able to get the ball inside."

Massapequa has four senior starters with Roessler, Van Buren, Sabrina Fregosi (six assists) and Danielle Doherty, who is coming off a torn ACL. Sophomore Olivia Batista has played well coming up from the junior varsity, McCabe has been a contributor and freshman Melanie Hingher has played well to provide quality depth.

"I didn't know what I had coming off the bench," Roessler said. "They have come along quicker than I thought. We're getting better with each practice."

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