Alyssa Adomaites is not sneaking up on opponents.
It's practically a given the Adelphi-bound guard will draw their top defenders, frequent double-teams and even a fair share of box-and-one defenses.
None of this has prevented her from reaching the top of the Long Island scoring chart, nor has it hampered Glenn's strong start to the season.
Adomaites faced another determined defensive effort on Saturday, but scored 29 points to lift Glenn to a 60-55 win over visiting Sayville in a Suffolk V girls basketball game. She was at her best in the game’s biggest moments and had 14 points in the fourth quarter, including a game-sealing layup with 15 seconds left to extend Glenn’s lead to 5 points.
“In those crunch situations, I want the ball in my hands,” said Adomaites, who is averaging 27.4 points per game and came into Saturday as the Island’s leading scorer. “I can handle it and get to the basket or get it to open people as everyone collapses on me.
“Going into games, I know teams are gunning to stop me. I’m ready for the doubles to come and that just tells me my teammates will be open.”
Those teammates include Samantha Groark (10 points and 10 rebounds) and Madison Mullman (nine points, 12 rebounds), who were key to the victory with their shotmaking and work on the boards.
“Alyssa is the person we run the offense through and we have a good complementary group, so if they try to take her away, we have some good shooters and that helps a lot,” coach Sean McGinty said.
This interplay between Adomaites and her supporting cast helped Glenn (9-0) build a 40-31 lead in the third quarter before Sayville (5-4) closed the period on a 10-2 run. The spurt set up a back-and-forth fourth quarter that featured six lead changes, including a go-ahead bucket from Adomaites that made the score 51-50 with about four minutes left.
“Even though it was a close game, our team handled the pressure well,” Groark said. “We kept making shot after shot, we were boxing out and played hard all around the court.”
After she made a pair of three throws on the next Glenn possession, Adomaites hit a three-pointer from the left wing with 59 seconds left to make it 56-50. Emma Famularo (16 points) answered for Sayville with a short jumper and after Adomaites made two more free throws, Jenna Harclerode (15 points) cut Sayville’s deficit to three from the charity stripe.
With the Golden Flashes looking for a takeaway following the ensuing Glenn inbound, Adomaites split the defense and hit a driving layup that put the game away.
“This is the kind of game we play, with quick ball movement, screens and good shooting,” McGinty said. “If we get our open looks, we’re a very difficult team to beat.”