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Danielle Cosgrove, Gabby Aspuru lead Sachem East to big win

Sachem's Gabriella Aspuru (15) is fouled going for

Sachem's Gabriella Aspuru (15) is fouled going for the layup by Brentwood's K'anndra Rhoden (2) in the first half of the game at Brentwood High School on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Danielle Cosgrove is a center. Gabby Aspuru is a point guard disguised as a center.

Both stand over 6-foot and both tower over defenders. And that’s what makes them such a . . . well, such a tall order. They were too much to handle Tuesday, leading Sachem East to a 55-41 win over Brentwood in League I.

Cosgrove, a 6-4 sophomore, was dominant on the low block with 27 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks. Aspuru, a 6-0 junior, helped get the ball inside to Cosgrove, and scored 10 of her 12 points in the second half.

“It’s a go-to kind of thing,” Aspuru said of the chemistry between the two. “If we can’t run a play or something isn’t working, we can just get it inside to Danielle and she’s hard to defend. So it’s a big help.”

Big being the key word.

In December, Cosgrove scored a career-high 38 points in a loss to Brentwood. Early Tuesday, she looked determined to break it. She worked her way out of double and triple teams in the post and scored 11 points in the first quarter to open a 17-8 lead.

“It’s a big win,” Cosgrove said. “We made it difficult down low and kept the ball pressure up.”

Aspuru gave the Flaming Arrows their largest lead early in the fourth after bringing the ball upcourt and hitting a runner off the glass to go up 41-26. A play that made the position “F/C” listed next to Aspuru’s name on the roster look somewhat misleading.

“She is a bigger guard who can see over the smaller guards, so that’s helpful,” Cosgrove said. “She’s great at seeing the court.”

Brentwood (6-4), playing without leading scorer Ty’Zhea Hawkins because of injury, was led by K’anndra Rhoden, who had 15 points and played tenacious defense, recording six steals. She scored five straight for the Indians to cut the deficit to 45-35 with four minutes left.

But Aspuru answered with a runner, and converted four free throws down the stretch to seal the win for Sachem East (6-4).

“Gabby does the little things that don’t show up in box scores, but when we win, you know she had a big hand in it,” Sachem East coach Brent Lawrence said. “And Danielle is such a dominant force. When you can throw it into a girl who’s double covered and she can finish, that’s a big help.”

Big being the key word.

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