Mount Sinai clinched its first league title in school history with a 58-47 win over Shoreham-Wading River tonight. Sarah Shine had 22 points and nine rebounds, Emily Bongiorno had 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists and Kelsey Lubin added nine points, seven assists and five rebounds to clinch the League VI title.
"Going into the season, that was our goal," Mount Sinai coach Kevin Walsh said. "We’ve known for a while it was in our control. Basketball hasn’t been a huge success at Mount Sinai. It was very important for these kids."
League VI has been tight all season. At one point, four teams were tied for first. Mount Sinai (13-4, 11-2) has won eight straight league games to take control.
"My team has improved," Walsh said. "We have talent and a well-balanced team. We start five seniors. Things are clicking. We're executing more efficiently."
Shine and Bongiorno are the top scorers on the team. Shine has been the threat in the post, while Bongiorno has played well on the wing. That inside-outside combo has been key to the success.
Rachel Yavorka runs the point and handles pressure well. Kelsey Lubin starts at shooting guard and is a good shooter. Lauren Ferris rounds out the starting five. She hasn’t played basketball since eighth grade. She focused on playing soccer and will attend St. John’s.
Walsh asked her to play and since she is friendly with many players on the team, she decided to play.
"She’s a born leader," Walsh said. "She does a lot of things on the court to help us."