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Postgame: Sachem East vs. Ward Melville

Sachem's Meagan Doherty (22) with the three pointer

Sachem's Meagan Doherty (22) with the three pointer in the second half. Sachem East defeated Ward Melville 53-19. (Dec. 20. 2011) Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Not everything can make it in the game story, so here is some additional insight and quotes from tonight's game between Sachem East and Ward Melville which teh Flaming Arrows dominated, 53-19.

As stated in the game story, Caysea Cohen's absense due to the flu really hurt Ward Melville. The Patriots were unable to execute without their floor leader and while one loss to an excellent Sachem East team is not a long-term concern, the more pressing question for Ward Melville is what happens if Cohen gets in foul trouble? Illness and injury is impossible to forecast but fouls are part of the game and the Patriots need to develop a second PG if they want to play the same way without Cohen on the floor.

On the other side Sachem East played great on defense and were in rhythm offensively as well. Yes the Flaming Arrows made some errors and took some occasional poor shots, everyone does, but Tuesday's performance was impressive regardless of who was or was not on the floor for the opponent.

Sachem East coach Matt Brisson:

On his team’s dominance in all aspects of the game:

I don’t know if it was in all aspects of the game but defensively we rotated well. We took away, we tried to take away any option they had and the kids did a nice job. With Caysea Cohen it’s a whole different ball game. We rotated well, we anticipated passing lanes well and I don’t think we gave them any easy looks. When the ball is not falling for them and it is for us sometimes you get lucky and you get a win like this but there’s no way that there’s that kind of disparity between these two teams.

On his team’s zone defense holding Ward Melville to seven points through three quarters:

I don’t necessarily agree with that assumption that playing zone allows good scoring opportunities. All zone does really is takes away areas of the floor that you assume the ball’s going to get to. We did our homework, we knew where they were going to try to go and one of the things that you try to do is anticipate and take away those passing lanes, those shot opportunities and hope your kids box out and limit their second chances. I was proud of the fact that we limited their second opportunities; they got limited second shots especially in the first half.

On Meagan and Katie Doherty:

The Dohertys are special kids. I’ve been lucky to have them in the program. They bring it every day, they practice hard, they play hard, they’re good students of the game and they make adjustments well. Katie as a sophomore is getting better by the moment, getting stronger, getting faster, getting bigger and we’re expecting big things from her. Meagan is the same thing. Meagan’s been a student. She’s been squashed a little bit by her All-American sister but I think people are going to find out she’s a pretty good player in her own right.

On what he wanted to see from his bench in the fourth quarter:

When you have kids on the bench who are getting limited minutes you want to show them that if you’re looking to get some primetime minutes you have to perform. Ward Melville, those kids played hard, that fourth quarter may not have been pretty but they played hard as hell. Now the beauty of having them on the floor is you’ve got it locked on film to sit down and watch with them. Those are things to hear it out of my mouth is one thing, to see it on camera is a whole different game so it’s beneficial to everybody top to bottom.

Sachem East's Meagan Doherty:

On her play:

We knew coming into it that they were going to be aggressive and we had to get them in foul trouble. We knew if we penetrated they were going to come hard on us. We played as a team and I’m pretty sure that the box score is going to show it. I hope we play like this every game.

On Sachem East’s zone defense:

We’re trying something new this year to be a little bit more diverse on defense because in the past we’ve been known for the kind of defense we play. We used it as a practice today and we tested it out and it worked really well. We got a lot of deflections and my teammates were rotating over and come with the steal and we just pushed it on offense. We’ve been practicing the zone a lot and we’re getting good at it, so hopefully with their point guard back it will work.

On what she thought about playing Ward Melville without Caysea Cohen:

Honestly it was a little disappointing. We were really looking forward to this, this is always a big game. We couldn’t take it easy because we have a rivalry so we knew they were going to come out strong and they still thought they could hang with us so we had to prove a point with or without their best player. We wanted to show them who we are.

Ward Melville coach Lawrence Combs:

On his team’s inability to break through Sachem’s zone:

I didn’t think it would be that difficult. They actually tweaked it a little bit, they trapped out of it too. I think mainly because of Caysea and they continued to do it on our other guards too and our guards couldn’t handle the pressure tonight.

On what he wanted to see from his bench in the fourth quarter:

I want to see my younger players step up. I think Marina Napoli did a great job tonight. We were going to get her minutes tonight anyway but she definitely vastly improved. I know we rely on Caysea a lot but our posts have to step up as well so I think Marina did a great job.

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