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Sports > High School >> Basketball

Mind over Matter:

SW evinces confidence, grit and defense in win over Fallsburg

Jan 10, 2019

By Richard A. Ross - reporter/photographer

Sullivan West junior Kerintin Burr cans one of her trio of treys in the win over Fallsburg. She led her team with 13 points. It was the second straight game where she netted three buckets from beyond the arc.
LAKE HUNTINGTON- Eleanor Roosevelt once aptly noted, “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience where you stop to look fear in the face.” For the 5-3 Sullivan West Lady Bulldogs that confidence is mounting game by game, manifesting itself profoundly especially after the Lady Westies notched a 49-44 win over Class B Fallsburg.
A key aspect of the victory was holding Fallsburg junior standout Amanda Zeno to 12 points following her 26-point outburst over Onteora that enabled her to surpass the 1000-point career milestone. The win came on the heels of an impressive 51-49 overtime triumph over the Walton Lady Warriors who had come in at 8-1.
The Lady Comets (6-4) who had entered their league fray against Burke holding a 5-1 record seemed to be suffering a mid-season stall. Fortunately they got a 44-41 league win over O'Neill on Wednesday.
Perhaps if they marshal Eleanor Roosevelt's advice they can use that win over the Raiders to restart their early season assertion. A rematch with Burke will be key. Tonight's game against Middletown will be another daunting challenge to the team's psyche and grit. Clearly both Fallsburg's and Sullivan West's mindset seems to be having a pronounced effect on their current performances.
For SW, the defensive verve authored by a total team effort regardless of who is on the floor is allowing the team to get key stops. As SW Coach Pat Donovan duly noted, ‘We're getting contributions from all nine players.”
By comparison Fallsburg, which possesses potentially lethal firepower from Zeno, Zariah Williams, Chloe Barber and Shauna Bellacicco, has been playing inconsistently. “If we can put four quarters together, we'll be fine,” noted Fallsburg Coach Daniel Redmond.
Fallsburg had flurries of scoring in this match up wherein they outscored Sullivan West 16-12 in the second quarter and 18-10 in the fourth quarter but ineffective outputs in the first and third quarter didn't help the Lady Comets' cause.
Moreover they had trouble following their scoring with defensive stops to hold Sullivan West in check. Sabrina Martinez and sister Josephine continue to be a problem for opponents. The dynamic duo are great scorers, fearsome rebounders and staunch defenders.
“We rebounded the ball really well again,” noted Donovan. Junior Kerintin Burr notched her second straight game of canning a trio of treys. Sullivan West led 18-7 at the end of the first quarter but the Lady Comets cut the deficit to seven by the half trailing 30-23.
In a relatively quiet third stanza SW edged Fallsburg 9-6. Fallsburg made a valiant run in the fourth quarter but it proved to be too little; too late. Donovan noted, “We dug in on defense. Our girls knew where their good players were and what their defensive responsibilities needed to be. The girls are playing smart and they trust one another.”
Redmond noted, “We have to figure out what to do on the defensive end. The positive from this game is that we fought right to the end.”
SW's Kerintin Burr led her team with 13 points. Sabrina Martinez posted 12. SW was six-for-15 from the stripe (40 percent). Zariah Williams led all scorers with 17 points. Fallsburg was two-for-three from the line (66 percent).

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