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Center Moriches still the team to beat

The consensus among the coaches in Suffolk Class B this season was that defending champion Center Moriches would come back to the pack and a few teams closed the gap. Center Moriches coach Rich Alifano concurred, but things have changed. Center Moriches is clearly the best team at this time.

“I’m surprised we have come together so quickly,” Alifano said. “I think we’re actually better than last season.”

Senior Amber Davis was the linchpin the Red Devils could count on as one of the top players on Long Island. She is averaging 17.8 points. It’s the quick development of 5-10 junior Kelsey Glanzman, sophomore point guard Takia Plummer and the improvement of Emma Whittle that has the Red Devils (11-2, 6-0 League VII) on top. Plummer is replacing graduated All-Long Island point guard Jessica Bandrowski.

“She’s so much better than I thought she would be,” Alifano said. “No one has stopped her except for Baldwin and Long Island
Lutheran and they are two of the top teams on Long Island. She’s been very reliable and shot well.”

Glanzman flashed some of her potential last season and become more of a scorer. Her outside game is coming along with four three-pointers in the last two games.

The Red Devils have wins against AA schools Riverhead, Brentwood, Deer Park and defending Suffolk Class A champion Harborfields. Against second-place Wyandanch in a 57-41 win, Davis scored 21 first-half points going 6-for-6 from the field, including five three-pointers. The teams meet again Feb. 11 at Center Moriches.


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