The last time South Side and Wantagh met, South Side won in double overtime. It appeared the game could be headed that way again after the first quarter. Wantagh led 13-10 behind 10 points from Jackie Sileo.
Then South Side went from a man-to-man defense to a 2-3 zone and took over. South Side outscored Wantagh 17-2 in the second quarter and Colleen Burke scored nine points in an 11-0 run to open the second half to cap a 28-2 spurt in a 55-34 win in a Nassau Class A quarterfinal tonight.
"We had to keep our heads in it and continue to do the little things," Burke said. "We were really excited. We didn’t want to end the season yet. We got more aggressive and worked better together. Hopefully, we get to continue our run. We’re starting to come together."
Burke had 15 points, six rebounds and four steals, Christina Merrifield had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Megan Lonergan had five points, 15 rebounds and seven blocked shots. Lauren Lopresti and Caitlin Wallace each had eight as everyone on South Side seemed to be hitting shots.
Wantagh was held without a field goal for 12:08 from the end of the first quarter to midway through the second quarter.
"We got a hand in their shooters faces and they had a hard time making shots," South Side coach Kendall Richards said. "Once we went zone, they had a hard time getting shots off."
Sileo provided the only offense for Wantagh with 21 points.
South Side will play No. 1 Division in the semifinals Tuesday. South Side has won six of its last seven games.
"We got a little more focused on basketball," said Richards, in his second year at South Side. "They’re starting to get adjustemed to me and I’m getting adjusted to them. Our conditioning has got better and our attention to detail has been better."
All four home teams won in the quarterfinals today.
Division beat No. 8 Roosevelt, 58-37. Kristen Costello had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Nicolette Parmese had 14 points and 12 rebounds.
A special shoutout to Roosevelt coach Don Crummell, who coached his last game. He is retiring.
No. 3 Lynbrook defeated No. 6 Elmont, 51-34. Brooke Gerstman scored 16 and Shannon Doody had nine points and seven rebounds.
No. 2 Garden City beat No. 10 Roslyn, 70-42. Barbara Sullivan had 23 points, nine rebounds and eight assists and Diana Leondis had 27 points and six assists. Garden City will play Lynbrook in the semifinals Tuesday at Freeport.