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Centereach girls dominate summer league hoops

Posted Thursday, November 15, 2012 by Article By Benjamin Horney
The Centereach Junior Varsity girls basketball team defeated Patchogue-Medford in the Town of Brookhaven summer league championship, 30-24, last Wednesday, Aug. 8, at St. Joseph's College in Patchogue.

Patchogue-Medford was dominant early on, and Centereach summer league head coach Regina Medina was forced to call a time-out after Centereach fell behind 11-0 just under six minutes into the first half.

"We got out there and were a little bit playing the other team's game," said Medina, who has been running a basketball league of her own for eight years along with coaching the summer league. "That's why I called the early time-out."

After the time-out, Centereach switched to a zone defense, and quickly started ruling the rebounding game, which allowed them to begin chipping away at the deficit.

"I said, 'Listen guys, you need to start playing your own game,'" Medina said. "'You have to pace the game, not them.' And they instantly turned it around."

Centereach's Cassidy Treanor finally broke the scoreless streak more than seven minutes into the first half, beginning the Centereach rally.

The comeback was led by starting point guard Alicia Indence, who continually used her ball-handling and quickness to break down the defense, either dishing out assists or scoring on layups and jumpers.

"Alicia is just unbelievable," Medina said. "First off, she can shoot from anywhere on the court. And she really controls the offense. She really never loses the ball."

Indence's main companion was teammate Rachel Hayes, who dominated the boards and finished with 8 points.

With five minutes to go in the first half, Indence, who led Centereach with 10 points and has been playing basketball since second grade, brought her team within 1 point, 12-11, beating her lone defender on a fast break with a quick right-to-left crossover.

A few minutes later, Indence, who will be in 10th grade this upcoming school year, finally completed the comeback, scoring on a put-back layup after a missed free throw, putting Centereach up 15-14 going into the half.

In the second half, Centereach came out with just as much intensity, quickly increasing their lead to 20-14 a few minutes in, and they never looked back, ultimately winning 30-24.

According to Medina, the reason Centereach was able to take over after such a slow start was their ability to play stout defense and control both the boards and the pace of the game.

"Once we started controlling the game, it wasn't even really about basket-making tonight," she said. "It was about controlling the speed and just keeping them off the foul line, which we did. And we did very well with rebounding."

With the win, Centereach became the champions of the Town of Brookhaven summer league. They entire team gathered with their basketball bobblehead trophies for a team photo after the game.

"The girls are so used to playing together," said Medina, who has been working with most of the girls since they were in second grade. "That's why they're so good together."

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