Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats secure Suffolk County title over Kings Park
The only undefeated team in Suffolk County at 22-0, the Wildcats found themselves trailing by two points at the halftime break. They would need Annie Sheehan’s free throw appearance to put the Wildcats back out front when the senior sank both to retake the lead 37-36 with 4:16 left in the third quarter.
A three-pointer from GraceAnn Leonard would re-tie the game at 51-all with four minutes left in regulation. But the Wildcats’ unrelenting defense contained the Lady Kingsmens’ potent offense down the stretch. SWR closed the game for a 63-56 victory, delivering the program its first-ever Suffolk County title.
Leonard led the Wildcats with 27 points. Sophie Costello added 16, and Sheehan banked 10.
Jaxie Cestone led Kings Park in scoring with 18 points, and Ryan Currier also netted 15.
The win sends the 23-0 Wildcats to the Long Island Championship round on Saturday, March 11, when they face the Nassau class A title winner at Farmingdale State College. Game time is slated for 3 p.m.
— Photos by Bill Landon