Locust Valley Girls and Boys Varsity Basketball Teams Advance to

Nassau County Class B Championships!

 

The girls will compete against Cold Spring Harbor for the Class B County Championship on Saturday, February 25 at 6:30 p.m. at C.W. Post.

The boys will compete against Cold Spring Harbor for the Class B County Championship on Saturday, February 25 at 8:30 p.m. at C.W. Post.

 

LV Varsity Girls Basketball Team Defeats Carle Place to Advance to County Championship

The Girls' Varsity Basketball team defeated #2 Carle Place by a score of 45-42 to advance to the Finals of the Nassau County Class "B" Championship.  With the win, the Lady Falcons improve to 13-5 on the season.

The first half would be a struggle, however, as Carle Place jumped out to a 25-20 halftime lead.  The second half would be a different story.  Locust Valley came out firing in the third, using a full-court trap and sharp shooting to turn the tide.  Junior Marissa Reyes scored 6 of her ten points in the third quarter and fellow Junior Brooke Spallino would score 9 of her career-high 23 points in the quarter as well to help L.V. take a 36-34 lead.

The game would go back and forth throughout the final quarter.  Junior point guard Sammy Altimari scored a key basket late, and then hit 1 of 2 free throws to give the Lady Falcons a 43-42 lead with under one minute to play.  Then it was time for Brooke Spallino to take over; she would come up with a key steal and then hit two free throws to seal the game with seven seconds left.  Her final key play would be on a block of Carle Place's last ditch three-point attempt with two seconds left.  Brooke would also hit six of six free throws in the final quarter. Senior Natasha Jahchan also was a key contributor with four points and strong defense throughout the game and Freshman Caroline Rawa scored three points while playing both the guard and forward spots.  Sophomores Jackie D'Elia and Chantal Jahchan, along with Junior Marcella Apllewhaite, provided inspired play in the victory as well.

Locust Valley now returns to the "B" finals, looking for their second title in three years. 

 

LV Boys Varsity Basketball Team Defeats Oster Bay to Advance to County Championship

The Falcons, after ending the season with a tough three game losing streak, set out to change their recent ways and win their first playoff game in three years. Entering the playoffs as the 2nd seed, the Falcons drew the 3rd seed Oyster Bay in the Class B semi-finals at C.W. Post. Although the bus ride over to the local college gym was rather short, it was clear the boys were focused on one thing and one thing only, getting a win. It was the third time this year the boys have faced Oyster Bay so both teams were familiar with the other team’s tendencies and based on the earlier two meetings, it was clear that it was going to be a highly competitive game.

 

Just as everybody expected, the game was close from the jump but the Falcons, as they have done so many times this year, excelled late in the game and came away with a huge 45-42 victory. Due to an injury suffered by Glenn Hefter, Joe Gilio was put in the starting rotation and came up huge for the Falcons. Gilio got off to a hot start, scoring a quick 9 points and kept the team in the game early. His timely shooting, defense pressure, and overall intensity got the whole team going and it was exactly what Locust Valley was looking for. Point Guard Chris Appell played an incredible game. Although he only finished with one point, he had an impressive 10 assists, 10 steals, and like a true pit bull was tenacious all game defensively. Matt Campanella played a solid overall game and to nobody’s surprise, made a couple of clutch shots to extend the Falcons lead in the second half. Alex Rawa continued to rebound the ball like Bill Lambeer and kept the team under control when Oyster Bay made a run early in the second half. Like a true team player, the only thing that mattered to him after the game was that the team got the win and they now had the chance to play for the Class B County Championship.

Finally, enough can’t be said about Bradley Conn and Shane Rostad. These two are willing to do anything for the overall success of the team, which was obvious by Bradley diving all over the floor and stepping up to guard Oyster Bay’s best player. Rostad, who suffered a fractured orbital bone a week earlier, would not let anything stand in his way of playing in this game. Even with the protective mask he was required to wear, he still played with the same intensity he had all year long. His determination to play was inspirational to the entire team.

All of the fan support at the boys and girls semifinals is greatly appreciated and the Falcons hope you will be there to cheer them on and provide the same support at the finals on Saturday.