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Commack & North Babylon ready for Garden

The goal for the North Babylon and Commack girls basketball teams is to get everyone an opportunity to play at least a couple of minutes when they meet at Madison Square Garden at 5 o'clock Sunday in a non-league game. The only problem: Each squad has 16 players.

But both coaches have come to an agreement that everyone will play. In the second quarter, a set of five players will hit the floor in intervals of approximately 21/2 minutes.

"If we're really educators, what we should do is create a great experience and memories for the girls," Commack assistant coach Bruce Haller said. "This is something they will remember for a long time."

Haller initiated the push to get the game played after the Maggie Dixon Classic after learning that UConn, which features North Babylon graduate Bria Hartley, would play Ohio State and Commack graduate Samantha Prahalis.

The two schools have combined to sell 1,000 tickets. "People are still calling me for tickets," Haller said. "I'm turning people down."

The last time the two teams met was in the Suffolk Class AA semifinals in 2008. Prahalis scored 33 points in the final game of her high school career, a 63-58 Commack loss to North Babylon. Hartley, then a sophomore, scored 23.

The year before, North Babylon beat Commack in the county championship game.


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