Meghan Oberg has so many siblings who played basketball that they could form a starting five . . . and still have two players coming off the bench.
Oberg, the youngest of seven, was tutored in basketball by her siblings and parents, who both coached. “My family taught me everything,” she said.
The lessons Oberg learned showed Wednesday night in Islip’s 64-46 win over Mattituck in the Suffolk Small School championship at Suffolk CCC-Brentwood. Oberg — who at 6-2 is capable of breaking the press, establishing post position, hitting the three, and attacking the basket — had 18 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.
“There’s nothing she can’t do,” Islip coach Dave Goodman said.
She distributes like a point guard, often finding Sanne van Poelgeest, who had 20 points and 11 rebounds. Van Poelgeest scored nine straight to open the third, including a three-point play on a putback that gave Islip its first lead at 31-29 with 6:01 left. Caleigh DeCaprio then sent an outlet to Oberg, who delivered a no-look bounce pass to van Poelgeest for the layup. Taryn Ohlmiller’s layup capped an 11-0 run, increasing the lead to 35-29.
“We were sleeping in the first half,” said Ohlmiller, who had 15 points and is just seven shy of 1,000 for her career. “Everybody woke up and we passed better and pushed the ball.”
Liz Dwyer had 15 points and Katie Hoeg added 14 for Mattituck (19-2).
Julia Hande added seven points for Islip (19-2), which plays in the Suffolk overall championship at 5:30 p.m. on Friday at Stony Brook University and the Long Island Class A championship on March 5 at St. Joseph’s College.
That’s where Oberg will look to win titles that some of her siblings never won.
“I always wanted to be better than every single one of them,” she said with a laugh. “So that motivates me.”