The streak of futility is over for Lindenhurst, which clinched a playoff berth last night with a 52-43 win over Connetquot in League II play. It is the first postseason appearance for Lindenhurst since 1993.
"These girls on this team have committed three years of their lives year round to turn this program around," third-year coach Greg Flynn said. "I promised them that if they made a commitment to the game that the success and life experience they get out of it would be worthwhile. I give my team credit for not listening to the people who told them it could not be done here in Lindenhurst. They have proven that all things are possible if you care and are commited to something that you believe in. We are excited about the playoffs and the future here. Success will only continue if we maintain and grow that commitment."
Flynn said one of the reasons for the team's success is starting two Lindenhurst based Long Island Lightning AAU teams that were created when he took over as coach. Lindenhurst, which is 6-5 in league play with one game left, has seven freshmen and sophmores in the rotation who played on those two teams for the last three years.
Leading the team is senior center Brenna Comens, a four-year player. She is avgeraging 9 points, 13.5 rebounds and three blocks. The top young players are Colleen Ames, who had 21 points last night. She is averaging 11 points and six rebounds. She was Freshman of the Year in League I last year; Lindenhurst moved to League II this season. Sophomore Sammy Martinez is the defensive stopper, who guards the other teams best players. Stephanie Ingenito, a sophmore, is the point guard and floor leader. She averages 8 points and three assists.
"She has helped us with big fourth quarters against Connequot and Central Islip to pull out late victories to keep our playoff possibilities going," Flynn said.