Girls Varsity Basketball crowned LI Champions
Posted 03/14/2013 03:33PM


The Friends Academy Girls Varsity Basketball team.

Girls Varsity Basketball crowned LI Champions

Lady Quakers edge out Stony Brook, 29-25.

After four quarters of nail-biting action and back-and-forth baskets, the Friends Academy Varsity Girls Basketball team ultimately prevailed against Stony Brook in the March 6th Class C Long Island Championship, 29-25 at Hofstra University.

Bringing home the Long Island title represented the furthest the girls basketball program has come. "This is the first Long Island Championship in the history of the program," said head coach Ryan Schneider.

The Lady Quakers finished their regular season on Feb 11th.  After starting the season off 1-2 in conference, 2013 proved to be their year as they finished 8-3 in the new year and 4th place overall. This date also marked a celebration of five seniors in their last home game, in which they beat #1 Cold Spring Harbor, snapping their quest for a second consecutive undefeated season.

While the girls finished their season in dramatic fashion by beating #2 ranked Carle Place the previous week, they lost a close one to Cold Spring Harbor in the Small Schools Championship game.  Advancing to Regionals at Adelphi University, the Quakers ultimately fell to Alexander Hamilton HS. "The girls made tremendous improvements throughout the season," remarked Schneider. "Their fast-paced offense, combined with scrappy and relentless defense have made all the difference," he added.

Four players received awards, including Lindsay O'Sullivan (right) - All County, Kristina Kim and Rose Mangiarotti - All Class, and Marissa Tidona - All Conference.

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