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Harrison, Baldwin grit out win over MacArthur

Baldwin High School #3 Amber Harrison, right, looks

Baldwin High School #3 Amber Harrison, right, looks to drive past North Babylon #5 Makeda Nicholson in the third quarter. (Dec. 28, 2011) Credit: James Escher

Amber Harrison (above) had 14 points and Janae DeGraff had 20 rebounds for Baldwin as the Bruins gritted out a 39-30 win over MacArthur in Conference AA-II, all but clinching the conference title.

“Even though we won tonight we were still bummed out,” Baldwin coach Tom Catapano said. “We still have a lot of work to do. That’s what great about this group of kids – they’ve been around a while and the expectations are pretty high.”

The Bruins (13-1, 11-0) had an unusually low offensive performance, scoring in the 30s for only the second time this season. The only other time was in a 35-34 loss to North Babylon.

Defensively Mariah Butler was matched up against MacArthur’s Jena Cozza (10 points) and Ayanna Hudson was locked in on Courtney Noakes (three points).

With a league title all but in hand and the likely No. 1 seed in the playoffs should they win out, Catapano said he wants to rest some of his players before the postseason.

“We’re going to try and heal our wounds,” he said. “Nobody’s 100 percent in February. We have to make sure we get as close to 100 percent as we possibly can.”

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