Northport managed to hang on despite a rough second half, beating Whitman by 11 in an offensive struggle.

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Northport's Kellie Cortina drives to the basket guarded by a Walt Whitman defender in the Suffolk High School League II girls basketball game. (Jan. 14, 2011)

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Northport's baskeball team gathers in a circle at the start of the game against Walt Whitman. (Jan. 14, 2011)

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Northport's head coach Rich Castellano, left, and assistant coaches Rick Resua, center, and Ken Schultz, right, react during the Suffolk High School League II girls basketball game. (Jan. 14, 2011)

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Walt Whitman's Alexandra Leftridge drives the ball down court against Northport. (Jan. 14, 2011)

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Northport's Stephanie Leon drives to the basket guarded by Walt Whitman's Erica Scott in the Suffolk High School League II girls basketball game. (Jan. 14, 2011)

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Northport's Kellie Cortina drives the ball past Walt Whitman's Katira Jemmott in the Suffolk High School League II girls basketball game. (Jan. 14, 2011)

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Northport's Stephanie Leon looks to pass against Walt Whitman in the Suffolk High School League II girls basketball game. (Jan. 14, 2011)

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Northport's head coach Rich Castellano talks to his team during the Suffolk High School League II girls basketball game against Walt Whitman. (Jan. 14, 2011)

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Northport's Chrystal Pope dribbles the ball down court during her team's 38-27 win over Walt Whitman in the Suffolk High School League II girls basketball game. (Jan. 14, 2011)

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Northport's Chrystal Pope goes to the basket against Walt Whitman in the Suffolk High School League II girls basketball game. (Jan. 14, 2011)

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Northport's Megan Marinelli, left, and Allie Clarke, right, fight for possession with Walt Whitman's Erica Scott, center. (Jan. 14, 2011)

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Northport's Megan Marinelli is fouled by Walt Whitman's Kelly Bilodeau in the Suffolk High School League II girls basketball game. (Jan. 14, 2011)

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Northport's Megan Marinelli and Walt Whitman's Kelly Bilodeau fight for possession of the ball in the Suffolk High School League II girls basketball game. (Jan. 14, 2011)

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Northport's Allie Clarke drives to the basket during her team's 38-27 win over Walt Whitman in the Suffolk High School League II girls basketball game. (Jan. 14, 2011)

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Northport's Kellie Cortina and Walt Whitman's Rachel Perea fight for a rebound in the Suffolk High School League II girls basketball game. (Jan. 14, 2011)

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Northport's Chrystal Pope goes up for a layup guarded by Walt Whitman's Rchel Perea in the Suffolk High School League II girls basketball game. (Jan. 14, 2011)