The only event left to conquer was the floor exercise and it was up for grabs. The combined team of Bay Shore / Islip led by a mere 1.4 points against the home team, Connetquot. With both teams having excellent floor specialists, the lead could flip either way.
Five girls, led by Kerin Spadaro, scored a 9 or higher on floor, vaulting Bay Shore / Islip to the win over Connetquot, 169.8 – 166.6 in Suffolk I, Monday night.
“I think that we are doing better as a team, especially with all of the new girls coming on,” Spadaro said. “There are still things we need to work on but things are getting better.”
The win wasn’t easy.
Connetquot took the lead after vault, sweeping the top three places. Sarah Moussa placed first (8.75), Amanda Pisano was second (8.625) and Noel Cutinella took third (8.6).
The next event was the uneven bars and both teams faltered. Spills from Moussa and Bay Shore / Islip’s Catherine Lyden, while performing difficult transitions, set the scoring back. However, Spadaro, who is currently undefeated on bars, helped the combined team to place first with a score of 9.275.
“We always tell each other ‘Whatever happened at the last event, leave it there,’” Lyden said. “We move on. We can still have a great meet even if one rotation didn’t go as plan.”
Lyden didn’t let the fall bring her down. She placed first on the balance beam, the next event, scoring a solid 9.
“It is stressful for us when we have these close meets,” Lyden said. “But overall it will make us a stronger team.”
Bay Shore / Islip pulled it all together in the last event. Spadaro placed first on floor, scoring a 9.425 and Lyden placed third with a 9.225. Moussa placed second, scoring 9.3.
The combined team (6-0) continues its undefeated streak in Suffolk I. With hard fought wins against Babylon and now Connetquot, Bay Shore / Islip still has two tough opponents to face in Half Hollow Hills and Smithtown.
For now Spadaro and Lyden agree, the goal may be to continue the streak but first they have to hit the practice mats.
“We can’t focus on the end of the season when we still have a couple of meets left,” Lyden said.
Spadaro added, “We don’t want to get to stressed out, but we know every meet counts. Going undefeated is the end goal, but for now we have to stay calm. We’ve done these routines a million times and we have to continue to go out there and get it done."