Not everything can make it into the game story. Here is some additional insight and quotes from Massapequa’s 53-39 win over Uniondale in Conference AA-I Friday afternoon.
The biggest difference in the game was depth. Massapequa’s bench scored 23 points compared to Uniondale’s zero. Uniondale is a very good team and it’s a testament to their ability that they’re doing as well as they are with such a limited bench. Barring the unforseen, Uniondale should get a first-round bye in the playoffs and nobody should be eager to play a talented team in front of a passionate fanbase.
Freshman Taylor Byrne had a career-high 10 points and added six rebounds and two assists for Massapequa. Danielle Doherty and Morgan Roessler each had 12 points and Doherty (above) was a menace on defense and held Sakara Hester-Torres and Aliyah McDonald in check.
Massapequa coach Shari Roessler:
On taking a firm lead in Conference AA-I:
We still have Freeport and Farmingdale and other teams. Right now yes we have and it feels good because we haven’t been in that position in a number of years but it’s not locked up until another couple of games.
On the bench’s scoring in the second quarter:
That’s what I’ve said is really our strength. Don’t look at the first quarter, we’re always going to run even but we’re going to ware teams down some because we can in fact legitimately sub without really dropping off. Usually you see the second quarter, maybe coming off a little rest third, then again the fourth quarter. That’s been an advantage being really nine deep.
On not going inside as much as Uniondale:
It’s not our strength. I don’t feel we used our bigs well enough today. But our bigs really came off and started ball screening we can hit come lay ups off of those we wouldn’t have been in as close a game as it was.
On whether Massapequa’s depth is what is leading to their success:
I think so. I think that is the complete difference is that we can dub, keep fresh, no drop off. We have a little bit of everything and a lot of chemistry. I think that’s a part of it too.
Massapequaguard Morgan Roessler:
On being in foul trouble early:
I felt like I let my teammates down but then when I got put back in and I was a little less aggressive then I didn’t have to go on their two best players.
On the bench’s scoring:
Our bench, we don’t really have a drop off where a lot of teams have good five and then they drop off. Everyone 1 through 12 can play.
Massapequaforward Taylor Byrne:
On Massapequa’s depth:
Thing is not a lot of other teams have our chemistry on the floor and on our bench is amazing. Our bench can step up, we’re able to go nine deep which other teams aren’t able to. Being those people coming in, giving everyone fresh legs gives us our advantage over other teams.
Massapequa point guard Danielle Doherty:
On if the team feels like they’re the best AA team in Nassau:
I don’t know if we feel like it. We got to win a few more games but it feels pretty good right now. This is a big game so this helps us a lot.