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Kelly Bergersen, Keleysha Petit-Frere star in Farmingdale girls basketball's win over Massapequa

Kelly Bergersen (18 points) drives to basket past

Kelly Bergersen (18 points) drives to basket past Massapequa's Alexa Cirabisi in Nassau Conference AA-I opener Tuesday. Credit: Peter Frutkoff

Call it the Kelly Bergersen and Keleysha Petit-Frere show.

The pair of Farmingdale seniors combined for 30 points to lead the host Dalers to a 53-43 win over Massapequa in a Nassau AA-I girls basketball opener on Tuesday.

Petit-Frere finished with 12 points, 12 rebounds, six blocks and five assists and Bergersen had 18 points and while shooting shot 13-for-17 from the free-throw line. Demi Hecker added 14 points for the Dalers.

“We just executed a little more tonight,” Farmingdale coach Pete Cerrone said. “Luckily when it counted we stepped up, and the two seniors obviously played a big role in tonight’s win.”

Farmingdale gained its largest lead in the third quarter after a 6-0 run where Bergersen went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line, then Petit-Frere dished to Isabella Cemino for a short corner jumper to make it 42-26 with two minutes left.

The Dalers led 42-29 after three, and Bergersen went 7-for-8 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to close the game out.

“We know when the ball is in her hands, we don’t have to worry,” Petit-Frere said. “It’s definitely comforting.”

Petit-Frere paced the Dalers in the first half. The 6-1 forward scored seven points in the second quarter and had three assists as the Dalers built a 27-20 halftime lead. On defense, the length and instincts of Petit-Frere bothered not only Massapequa drivers, but shooters on the perimeter as well. Three of Petit-Frere’s six blocks were on three-point attempts.

“KP is a great safety net,” Bergersen said. “We communicate well and know our strengths and weaknesses and we play toward that.”

Massapequa gained its only lead when Alexa Cirabisi (13 points) made a three-pointer in the final minute of the first quarter to make it 9-8. Bergersen responded with a three-pointer from the right wing to make it 11-9 with 20 seconds left. Mark one for the Dalers in the latest episode of a longtime rivalry.

“There’s no better rivalry than the Mass/Farm game,” Cerrone said. “It doesn’t matter what sport or what kind of talent is out there . . . Every ball is going to be contested and every single person is going to play their rear ends off.”

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