For a majority of the game Friday night between the Mineola and Seaford girl’s basketball teams, the Lady Mustangs looked to be the squad that would come out on top.
But a late third quarter surge and a strong fourth quarter stand gave Seaford the 57-46 edge in the in-conference battle. Earlier this season Mineola defeated the Lady Vikings .
Led by seniors Victoria Wink, Stephanie Meyer, and Nicole Nulty, who contributed 16, 15, and 12 points respectively, the Vikings were able to battle back from a 5 point deficit midway through the third quarter to snatch a victory on .
“We had a lack of energy tonight,” Mineola coach Dennise Zunno said after the game.
The Lady Mustangs were once again led by the Medlock sisters, as junior Kerri dropped in 23 points, while sister Kalie had 11.
Mineola looked to be the better of the teams throughout the start of the game, coming out of the game hot, with the Medlocks going for 6 points a piece in the first quarter to give Mineola a 12-8 edge.
The story seemed to repeat itself in the second as after Seaford was able to gain the lead and take a 17-14 edge, Mineola rode four buckets by the younger Medlock and one basket by Charlotte Renker to get a 23-17 edge.
By the end of the half, Mineola had a 23-21 lead.
But when the third quarter rolled around, Mineola started to lose its grip on the game. The team came out and continued to build their lead, getting as high as 6 points out with a 32 to 26 advantage.
After that, Seaford finally made their impact, putting together a 12-0 run to end the quarter, giving them a 38-32 advantage.
“It was very evident we haven’t practiced lately,” Zunno said, noting the team lost two practice days due to the snow storms.
The fourth quarter was a back-and-forth affair, as Seaford went ahead 43-34, before Mineola used a 9-0 run to tie the game at 43 apiece with 4:03 remaining. The Mustang’s also got a break when Meyer fouled out of the game with 5:07 remaining.
The Viking’s were not going to break though, as the team used 5 points from senior Casey Palmer to string up a 14-3 run to end the game.
Talking about her teams late struggles to score, Zunno said “some of our strong offensive players weren’t clicking tonight.”
With the victory, Seaford moved within one game of the first-place Lady Mustangs, improving their record in-conference to 4-2 while Mineola fell to 5-1.1 2 3 4 F Seaford Lady Vikings 8 13 17 19 57 Mineola Lady Mustangs 12 11 9 14 46 Mineola Scoring Statistics Player Position Points Kerri Medlock Center 23 Kalie Medlock Forward 11 Charlotte Renker Center 6 Heather Gessner Forward 5 Krystie Kern Guard 1 Seaford Scoring Statistics Player Positon Points Victoria Wink Guard 14 Stephanie Meyer Guard 13 Nicole Nulty Guard 12 Casey Palmer Guard 7 Meaghan Curley Forward 5 Jessica Rini Center 4 Desire Fowlkes Forward 2