Center Moriches won it second county championship and first as a Class B school with a 35-32 win over Mattituck today in the Suffolk Class B championship game. Jessica Bandrowski scored 15 points for No. 3 Center Moriches. The score was tied at 21 at halftime. Center Moriches limited No. 1 Mattituck to one field goal in the second half. Center Moriches will play Stony Brook in the Small Schools championship 6 p.m. Friday at St. Joseph's College and will play Locust Valley for the Long Island Class B championship on March 9.
Center Moriches won a 2004 county championship as a Class C team.
"This is really big for us," Center Moriches coach Rich Alifano said. "I give Mattituck a lot of credit. They pushed us to the wall. We're fortunate we got out of this. We got great leadership from Jessica. The role players played a big part in our victory."
Mattituck got off to a quick start taking a 14-6 lead with 6:17 left in the seconf quarter. But Center Moriches closed the half with a 15-7 run to tie the score at 21 after one half. Bandrowski kept the Red Devils in it with 12 first-half points, including three three-pointers.
"She played really good," Glanzman said of Bandrowski. "She played her heart out."
Center Moriches took the lead after halftime and never trailed again. Mattituck got within 28-27 with 5:11 left in the game and that snapped a streak of 12:29 for the Tuckers without a field goal.
Then Glanzman scored on a layup off a pass from Davis with 4:10 left and then Davis hit a three-pointer with 3:17 left to make it 33-27.
"That three was major," Bandrowski said. "After that three, everyone's motivation was we're going to win. The adrenaline was pumping."
Mattituck shot 6-for-11 from the foul line in the fourth quarter.
"It was a good season and we'll build upon that," Mattituck coach Steve Van Dood said. "I told the seniors they are the cornerstones that built this. We did good fundamentally. The ball couldn't drop for us. It could have went either way. We couldn't score in the second half."