The Huntington girls’ basketball team rode career nights by Anna Gulizio, Paige Lennon and Megan Byrnes to a 56-45 victory over visiting Amityville in Louis D. Giani Gymnasium before a crowd of 125 on Thursday night.
The Blue Devils used a 9-0 first quarter run to gain the upper hand in the non-league contest. With the teams tied 7-7 about six minutes into the game, the Blue Devil offense exploded, finally running on all cylinders after struggling to score for much of the past two weeks.
After falling to visiting Holy Trinity earlier in the week, 41-37, Huntington badly needed a win, if only for its collective psyche and the team’s players made sure they got it by doing enough on both ends of the court to hold off hard charging Amityville.
Senior co-captain Emma Petrizzi
with the ball. (Darin Reed photo.)
The Warriors gave the Blue Devils all they could handle, refusing to give up, even when trailing by double digits. Huntington head coach Mike Kaplan used a series of timeouts to break Amityville’s momentum whenever it appeared to be gathering steam.
Huntington led 18-11 after the first quarter and 28-17 at halftime, but no advantage was really safe. Amityville kept coming to keep the score within its reach until the final buzzer sounded.
Gulizio, Lennon and Byrnes were all splendid. Gulizio and Lennon both dropped 14 points and Byrnes added 13 to pace the Blue Devils. The trio and their teammates moved up and down the court with confidence. Huntington’s starting five and its reserve players all did their part as the team evened its record at 2-2.
Katie Seccafico tallied eight points and senior co-captain Emma Petrizzi, Charlotte Maggio and Nicole Leslie had two points each. Petrizzi added had 10 assists and eight rebounds. Torre Palmer scored a point from the free throw line.
Huntington’s sharp outside shooting drew Amityville’s defense away from under the basket, creating other scoring opportunities for the Blue Devils.
The Blue Devils carried a 43-34 lead into the final eight minutes, but Amityville made them work for the victory. The Warriors dropped baskets at both the halftime and third quarter buzzers, always doing just enough to stay close.
“It was our best all-around game of the season so far,” Kaplan said. “Everyone contributed. If someone wasn’t scoring they were assisting, rebounding or playing great defense. It really was a team effort.”