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Postgame: Nassau Class A Quarterfinals

Lynbrook High School guard Brooke Gerstman, right, looks

Lynbrook High School guard Brooke Gerstman, right, looks to dribble past Great Neck North's Nicole Yazdanpanah in the first quarter. (Jan. 20, 2012) Credit: James Escher

I attended three of the four Nassau Class A quarterfinal games today and have insight from each. First let me say the atmosphere at each of the games was great, particularly the in-district battle with Floral Park and Sewanhaka. The semifinals at Freeport should be even better.

No. 1 North Shore defeats No. 8 Island Trees 83-49

In perhaps their most impressive performance of the season, North Shore (18-1) took a 39-24 lead into halftime and piled it on in the third quarter. Amanda Johansen had 27 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists as she became the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,064 points. Most impressive in Johansen’s performance was her assists. On several occasions she drew defenders in and found teammates for easy layups with precision.

North Shore made 10 three-pointers but the home rims are done from this point forward. Caroline Robertson (16 points) had three from long range and Erin Sheerin added 10 points and eight rebounds. The unsung hero of the game was Nicole Scuderi, who played a big part in holding Molloy-bound Maggie Milonakis to just one-point.

No. 3 Lynbrook comes back to beat No. 6 Wantagh 57-50

I arrived at the start of the fourth quarter with Wantagh leading 44-40, then Brooke Gerstman took over. Tied at 44 with 5:02 to play, Gerstman scored on a fast break to give Lynbrook (15-4) the lead, then a 3-pointer and then another 3 to make it 54-46 with 2 minutes to go. Gerstman tied a career-high with 33 points including the eight straight in a stunning 3 minute sequence of the fourth quarter to win the game for the Owls. In the words of Dick Vitale, “she’s a PTPer, a Prime Time Player.”

No. 5 Floral Park upsets No. 4 Sewanhaka 46-42

In its second in-district game of the playoffs, Floral Park (16-3) went toe-to-toe with Sewanhaka in an absolute battle. The first half was all defense as the Knights led 18-16 at the break. Kaela Hilaire went down at the start of the second quarter with an ankle injury but returned after changing sneakers. Hilaire had her ankle wrapped at halftime and played through the pain in the second half.

Hilaire had 14 points and 10 assists, three going to Lindsey Tanalski (eight points) in the second half. The Knghts led 39-36 with 2 minutes to go and Emily Keenan ( seven points) made a 3 and after the teams traded baskets, hit a long 2 with 33.6 seconds left to seal the win for Floral Park.

Keenan was nearly subbed out before her three-pointer but Floral Park coach Michael Spina rode the hot hand after she made the first shot. The atmosphere at Sewanhaka was electric as a standing room only crowd packed the gym with fans of each team on the baselines.

No. 2 Garden City defeats No. 7 Bethpage 55-37

I wasn’t able to be in two places at once so I missed this last game. Christina Mangels and Katie Trimmer each had 14 points and Mangels added a career-high 31 rebounds. Sam Auricchio added 13 points for the Trojans (17-2).


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