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North Shore’s Gabrielle Zaffiro becomes No. 2 in LI girls basketball scoring

Gabrielle Zaffiro

Gabrielle Zaffiro Credit: James Escher

North Shore’s Gabrielle Zaffiro moved into second place all-time on the Long Island girls basketball scoring list with 31 points Wednesday in No. 3 North Shore’s 73-56 win over No. 6 Island Trees in a Nassau Class A quarterfinal.

Zaffiro, a senior, has totaled 2,596 points as a six-year starter for the Vikings, according to coach Keith Freund. She passed Sachem’s Nicole Kaczmarski (2,583).

“I never had the goal of being one of the all-time leading scorers,” she said. “As people told me I was getting closer to the top I started paying more attention to it.”

“It’s truly historic, there is no other word for it,” Freund said. “However, I am not surprised she did it in a game like this. She scored her 2,000th point in last year’s quarterfinal and always comes up big in big spots. I am so proud of her.”

Garden City’s Bethany LeSueur, who is first on the list with 3,167 points, coached Zaffiro in AAU ball from sixth to eighth grade.

“She sent a text to my mom and told me ‘awesome stuff and very exciting,’ ” Zaffiro said. “She had a big influence on me with basketball and it means a lot to be behind her.”

Selena Fortich added 13 points and 11 rebounds in the win. North Shore (19-1) will face No. 7 Wantagh at 5 p.m. Saturday at SUNY-Old Westbury in its seventh consecutive semifinals appearance, according to Freund.

“My goal is to win games and not worry about the points,” Zaffiro said. “Our goal every year as a team is to make it to the Long Island championship. As a freshman I went up to states and I would love to have that experience again this year.”

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