The main responsibility for Nadine Hadnagy was to guard Massapequa's Danielle Doherty and not worry about scoring. The Farmingdale sophomore did a solid job on the defensive side and went scoreless through three quarters.
When Kelly McPartland, the Dalers' leading scorer, fouled out with 4:14 left in the game, Hadnagy figured it was time to produce some offense.
Hadnagy scored all seven of her points in the fourth quarter to help host Farmingdale defeat Massapequa, 43-38, Friday afternoon in Nassau Conference AA-I girls basketball.
"We all had to step up," Hadnagy said. "When she left, we had to make some shots."
McPartland (10 points) gave Farmingdale (4-0, 1-0) the lead for good with a pair of free throws with 5:07 left to make it 31-29.
Hadnagy hit a three-pointer to give the Dalers a 34-29 lead before Lauren VanBuren scored four consecutive points to bring Massapequa within 34-33.
In addition to Hadnagy, Colleen Reynolds came through in the clutch with her only points on a layup with 2:31 left to make it 36-33. Alexis Panariello (nine points) followed with a jumper to extend the lead to 38-33 with 1:56 left.
"When Kelly fouled out it was the perfect opportunity for us to go in the toilet," Farmingdale coach Pete Cerrone said. "I was proud of the way everybody raised their level of play. It was 32 minutes of intensity. It was a nice win for us because we lost those type of games last year."
Hadnagy hit two free throws with 22 seconds left to make it 41-36 before Morgan Roessler hit a jumper for Massapequa with 10 seconds left. Hadnagy hit two more free throws with eight seconds left to cap the scoring.
"As a sophomore, she's really stepped up this season," said Kyra Ochwat, who led Farmingdale with 13 points. "I always knew she was capable of it and I was glad she took the reins this time and got it for us."
Massapequa (3-1, 0-1) trailed 17-16 at halftime, but really hurt itself by shooting 6-for-19 from the free-throw line.
"The foul shooting in the first half was a big difference," Massapequa coach Shari Roessler said. "In practice, we're great. We're usually better than that. It was uncharacteristic."
The Chiefs stayed in the game despite the woes from the foul line and trailed by as many as six in the third quarter. Doherty scored six points in an 8-2 run and capped it with a jumper with 6:11 left in the game to tie the score at 29.
Then Farmingdale was able to put it away without much from its two top scorers.
"That was key," Cerrone said. "The kids raised their game. They didn't want the game to end because she fouled out."