Brooke Gerstman cut her chin when she hit the floor, and blood dripped down with 35 seconds left in the third quarter last night. Someone in the crowd yelled, "Call a timeout!"
Lynbrook didn't because there was so little time left in the quarter. Gerstman urged the trainer to bandage her up quickly so she could return to the floor. And fortunately for Lynbrook, the 35 seconds was all the time she would miss.
The sophomore guard scored 14 of her team's 17 second-half points and finished with a career-high 26 for host Lynbrook in a 45-34 win over Division in Nassau Conference ABC-I girls basketball. It was the first loss of the season for Division (9-1, 5-1).
"I felt really good before the game," Gerstman said. "We were coming off a terrible loss to Wantagh and I scored just eight points. We were the underdogs. We weren't expected to win."
Gerstman eclipsed that mark in the first quarter. Lynbrook (7-4, 4-2) got off to a quick start, taking a 17-4 lead less than five minutes into the game. Gerstman capped a nine-point quarter with a reverse layup with two seconds left in the quarter that gave Lynbrook a 19-6 lead.
"That first quarter was key," Gerstman said. "We didn't get in a hole like we usually do."
Division started to find some offense and also picked up its defense in the second quarter. Nicolette Parmese (17 points) was a force on the offensive glass, scoring on three putbacks and recording 11 first-half points.
Division cut its deficit to 26-20 before Jessica Valentino hit a jumper in the final minute to give Lynbrook a 28-20 lead at the half.
Lynbrook held Division without a field goal in the third quarter, using an 11-2 advantage to build a 39-22 lead. Gerstman scored eight of the points. Division cut it to nine points three times in the fourth quarter, but each time Gerstman scored to make it an 11-point game.
"She really stepped up tonight," Lynbrook coach Heather Savignano said. "She came out and really wanted to win this game. She's an all-around player and really showed it."