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Nassau midseason report

Class AA

Favorite: Baldwin. The defending champions are rolling through Nassau with an athletic team that plays stifling defense and puts pressure on the opposition’s offense. Kiera Corbin , Alex Hampton, Courtney Jackson, and Katie Greene form a good nucleus. Baldwin has faced little competition in the conference and likely won’t be tested until deep in the postseason.

Biggest competition: Farmingdale and Massapequa. The Dalers defeated Massapequa at home 43-38 and then used a 29-14 fourth quarter to rally and beat the Chiefs on the road last week, 60-52. Kelly McPartland leads the way, while Nadine Hadnagy, Alexis Panariello, and Kyra Ochwat are a good supporting cast. It’s all about defense for this team. Massapequa is deep and certainly capable of making a run to the finals. Danielle Doherty, Lauren Van Buren, Morgan Roessler, and Nicole Scicutella are some players to watch.

The rest

MacArthur: Losses to Baldwin and Farmingdale, but beat Freeport and Uniondale, so a run to the semifinals is possible.

Mepham: Still undefeated behind the tandem of Kristen O’Brien and Nicole Castaldo.

Class A

Favorite: Garden City. Injuries slowed the Trojans early in the season, but with the starting five together, they have played well. Barbara Sullivan leads the way and has two consecutive 25-point games. Kim Ryan is an excellent three-point shooter and Christina Mangels is a force on the boards. A 48-26 win over Division makes the Trojans a slight favorite.

Biggest competition: Division. The defending champions have one loss and it came against Garden City. They have some size and experience with Christina Rea, Julie Ballantyne, Kristen Stuart, and Taylor Malings.

The rest

Wantagh: Playing well despite some inexperience and its strong defense will keep them in games.

New Hyde Park: Ciara McCullagh has put up some huge numbers this season. Already beat Garden City and lost by just four points to Division last week.

South Side: Undefeated in Conference A-II.

Lynbrook: Have one of the top players in Brooke Gerstman, but the team has lost two of three games without her sidelined due to an injury.

North Shore: Scoring a lot of points and rotate three set of five girls every two to three minutes and press the whole time. It leads to a lot of offense. Beat Wantagh and lost to Lynbrook.

Class B

Favorite: Carle Place. With two wins in three games over Cold Spring Harbor, Carle Place gets the edge. If the two teams meet in the finals, it should be a good one. Carle Place pulled out a 44-41 win in the last meeting. Samantha Burden and Jill Flecker are the linchpins.

Biggest competition: Cold Spring Harbor. Two of three losses came to Carle Place and other came against Hicksville, a Class AA team. Kelly Vassallo, Katie Durand, and Gabrielle Doria lead the way.


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