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Another wild night in ABC-I

Wantagh's Jackie Sileo (10, right) fakes a short

Wantagh's Jackie Sileo (10, right) fakes a short and passes to a team mate, around the out-stretched arms of South Side's Christina Merrifield (24,left). (January 20, 2010) Photo Credit: Newsday/Photo by Richard Slattery

Wantagh’s inside-outside combo of point guard Jackie Sileo and forward Kaleigh Craig should make the Warriors tough come playoff time.

The 5-10 Craig poured in 24 points in last night’s 62-57 double overtime loss to South Side and became the focus of the Cyclones defense in overtime. Craig is no typical post player though, as she showed when South Side started clogging the middle, she’ll take, and make, jumpers. And she's really quick.

Even quicker is Sileo. Even when she's just walking around the court she seems to have an extra hop in her step. Sometimes she’d start on defense a few steps behind after a rebound, and before South Side’s offense could set up on the other side, Sileo was in defensive position. In the second overtime when South Side focused on bottling up Craig in the middle, Sileo scored all seven of Wantagh’s points, including a three-pointer to cut it to 60-59 late, that seemingly everyone in the gym knew she would make.


Last night’s game was a perfect example of just how competitive Conference ABC-I is this year. A few times, it looked like Wantagh would pull it out, but every time they looked ready to deliver a knock out South Side countered and kept the game going.

South Side beat Wantagh by eight in the first conference game of the year. Cyclone senior Meg Longergan said the difference this time around was both team’s being more prepared for the other.

South Side coach Kendall Richards weighed in on the league, in which seemingly every team can pull off an upset.

“You never know what team is gonna show up,” South Side coach Kendall Richards said. “You may win by 12 but it seems like you win by one.”

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