Who’s the best team on Long Island? It is certainly up for debate right now. There’s no clear cut No. 1 team and several teams are in the discussion. St. Anthony’s certainly deserves to be in the mix.
The Friars improved to 3-0 with a 61-31 win over Uniondale on Saturday at the Hoops to Remember Tournament at Herricks. They also have a win over Sachem East.
The Friars started a frontline with each player at least 6-feet. The scoring was balanced with reserve Jennifer Sixsmith leading the way with 12 points.
“Our defense has improved a lot,” Sixsmith said. “We have really good post players, we have shooters and we have people who can bring up the ball. Then we have players that can do everything.”
Coach Ken Parham is in his first year at St. Anthony’s. He used to coach the Bay Shore boys team.
“He’s really changed the program,” Sixsmith said. “We have been better than we have ever been. It has been a big factor.”
Junior Brianna Harris had 10 points and nine rebounds. Harris, who transferred from Brentwood, is only eligible to play in non-league games because of transfer rules.
“I’m not going to like it,” she said. “I am going to deal with it and support my team. I’ll be keeping their spirits high.”
The future certainly looks bright as there is just one senior on the roster of 11. Rebecca Musgrove scored nine points, Symone Kelly had eight points and 14 rebounds and Shannon White scored seven points. Kerrin Mauer didn’t play because she was visiting Northwestern on a lacrosse recruitment trip.
“I have a lot of girls who do a lot of different things,” Parham said. “There’s not one girl who you can key on. Every game it’s someone different. We have a good rotation of 10 kids. You never know who’s going to do it for us. I don’t even know. They’re a smart group of kids. They’re picking up the system pretty quickly. We have a long way to go. We just have to keep getting better.”