On Senior Night for the Garden City girls’ basketball team it was a fast-moving junior and a sharpshooting sophomore that led the Trojans to a 49-31 win over New Hyde Park on Thursday night.
Junior co-captain Barbara Sullivan led all scorers with 22 points, including 11 of the teams first 16 points. She operated coach Anthony Sparacia’s offense effectively against New Hyde Park’s array of defenses – the Gladiators tried both zone and man-to-man to stop Sullivan.
Garden City, which led by 46-19 entering the fourth quarter, was without standout senior Diana Leondis – one of just four 1,000-point scorers in school history. Nursing a pair of bad ankles, Leondis started the game on Senior Night, but Sparacia quickly removed her just 14 seconds into the game.
Her replacement, sophomore Kim Ryan soon heated up from the outside, pacing the Trojans to a 4-5 start from 3-point land. Ryan finished with 20 points.
For New Hyde Park, junior center Ciara McCullagh led her team with 15 points and was a noticeable presence inside on defense.
The Trojans move to 9-2 in conference, and after an away game early next week, await a first-round playoff opponent having secured the second seed in Conference ABC-I.
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November 20, 2009
The Garden City Trojans scored two rushing touchdowns in the third
quarter to defeat the Wantagh Warriors 14-0 on Saturday. The Trojans
move on to the Long Island championship game against North Babylon on
Nov. 27. (NNL video by Tim Robertson)
For the first time since 2005, the Garden City Trojans captured the Nassau County conference II title and move on to the Long Island championship next weekend.
Garden City and Wantagh locked themselves in a defensive battle in the first half, but it was Garden City and its field possession in the third quarter that turned the game in their favor.
Trojans running back Brian Fischer put his team on the board with a 30-yard scamper just two minutes into the second half. Fellow back Stephen Jahelka followed with a 2-yard run as he found the end zone untouched.
“I think we were in better shape physically, and we just wore them down,” Trojans coach Tom Flatley said after the game.
Fischer finished with 15 rushing attempts for 108 yards. The Trojans finished the game with 234 yards, all on the ground.
Garden City’s defense held Wantagh all game as the Warriors finished with 35 yards on the ground. Wantagh only drove deep twice. Once the Warriors failed on fourth down, and another the Trojans intercepted a pass at the 6-yard line.
That big interception by senior Chris Stapleford on third-and-11 kept Wantagh out of the end zone and maintained their 14-0 lead.
Wantagh senior quarterback Kyle Ambury finished the game 11-23 with 112 passing with no interceptions, and Garden City sacked him three times — all in the second half. Wantagh running back Mike Scully threw the Warriors’ lone pick.
“We got a much better pass rush in the second half that the first half, and that put pressure on them,” Flatley said.
Garden City will play North Babylon at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27, at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium.