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Long Island Lutheran rising quickly

Freshman point guard Taylor Brown is already garnering interest from Division I schools and she is making Long Island Lutheran become one of the better teams on Long Island. Brown had 10 points and six assists Saturday as LIL defeated Brentwood, 60-29, at the Hoops to Remember Tournament at Herricks.

“We’re already so much better than we were last year,” Brown said. “Over the summer, we all got better individually and that makes the team better.”
If that’s the case then Long Island Lutheran is heading towards another deep run in March. The Crusaders lost in the Class B Federation championship last season to Nanuet.
Paige Kriftcher had 12 points, Christina Raiti scored nine and Jessica DeNicola scored eight points for LIL (3-1).
“It doesn’t matter how good one player is,” Brown said. “You’re not going to win if one person is scoring. We all contribute. Even though, we’re young, we’re a year older. We have some more experience. It doesn’t matter what you accomplished yesterday, it’s a fresh start every time you take the court.”

The Crusaders start one freshman, two sophomores, one junior and one senior. They led 37-13 at halftime behind a 24-7 second quarter.
“We made them very uncomfortable,” LIL coach Rich Slater said. :We rebounded and got on out on the break. I love our energy right now. We have a long way to go. We’re young. I’m happy so far. We have to continue to be unselfish. As long as we continue to see that it will take all 12 of us, we’ll be fine.”

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