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Gabrielle Zaffiro #13 of North Shore dribbles downcourt

Gabrielle Zaffiro #13 of North Shore dribbles downcourt during a varsity girls' basketball game against host Glen Cove High School on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. She scored a game high 36 points, including 16 in the third quarter, to lead North Shore to a 64-53 win. Credit: James Escher

This is one of those, “My triple-double is better than your triple-double!” type of debates.

Take your pick from North Shore’s 64-55 win over Glen Cove last night:

North Shore’s Gabrielle Zaffiro had 36 points, a single-game school record, 14 rebounds and 10 steals.

Glen Cove’s Grace Brady had 24 points, 21 rebounds and 20 blocks against the defending Long Island champions.

Zaffiro, a sophomore guard already with 922 career points, scored 26 of her 36 points in the second half.

“Of all the players I have coached,” North Shore coach Keith Freund said, “she is the best scorer I’ve ever had.”

Freund also said that Zaffiro broke her own school record of 33 points set in January 2014.

Though she did have a couple of her shots blocked by Brady, a 6-3 junior. Glen Cove played a 2-3 zone and a diamond-and-one, with both placing Brady in the middle of the paint. When North Shore penetrated the lane, Brady was there. When Glen Cove needed a help defender, Brady was there.

“We are a driving team and she clogged the lane,” Freund said. “Out of all the big girls we face, she might be the best defensive center around. She blocks everything.”

Added Glen Cove coach Greg Mayerhoeffer: “Her wing span is gigantic and she’s very smart. She is such an intimidating factor inside.”

After Brady helped keep Glen Cove in the game with 12 points in the third, the 5-8 Zaffiro asked to defend her in the fourth despite an eight-inch height differential. She compensated by fronting her in the post to deny her the ball, and recorded four of her steals on entry passes in the fourth.

So, which triple-double was more impressive?

“I couldn’t pick,” Freund said. “I’ve never seen that many blocks before. And 36 points and 10 steals isn’t easy, either. They are equally impressive.”

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