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SWR in quarterfinals

Posted Friday, February 26, 2010 by NORTH SHORE SUN

BY Joe Werkmeister  |  SPORTS EDITOR - NORTH SHORE SUN

A team that rotated as many as 10 players in the game, Harborfields slowly wore down Shoreham-Wading River in the Class A quarterfinals last Friday to rally from a nine-point halftime deficit for a 50-44 win.

The No. 6 Wildcats got a game-high 21 points from Sam Villafranca, most of which came in the first half.

"Sam was really on fire in the first half," said Shoreham coach Dennis Haughney.

Harborfields limited Shoreham, which rotated seven players, to 12 second-half points, fewer than the Wildcats scored in each of the first two quarters.

Haughney said in the second half Harborfields did a good job helping out defensively against Villafranca.

"Their guards were pretty fresh," he said. "They outlasted us."

The third-seeded Tornadoes, who advanced to the semifinals against Mount Sinai Tuesday, got off to a quick start thanks to some hot shooting from the outside. The Wildcats opened the game in a zone but were forced to switch to a man defense. Haughney said the adjustment worked well as the Wildcats held Harborfields to six points in the second quarter.

But Harborfields' adjustments in the second half kept Shoreham from getting its offense in gear as well.

The Wildcats finished the season 15-5. Caitlin Condron scored 10 points in the loss. Cali Lavey and Danielle Landon both scored four.

Villafranca compiled one of the best individual seasons of any player for Shoreham in recent years. Haughney said he's hopeful Villafranca earns All-County honors, which is announced at a dinner in March. Haughney said no Shoreham player during his tenure has been All-County.

"As long as I've been here there really hasn't been a girl that put up the points she put up in one single season," he said.

Villafranca, who signed with Sacred Heart for lacrosse, averaged 17.5 points per game to lead the Wildcats.

Looking ahead to next season the Wildcats will once again try to keep their string of playoff appearances intact. While they will lose several of their key players from this season, they do return a strong front court. Corinne Wiederkehr will be back after undergoing surgery that prematurely ended her season. Freshman Meghan King also returns after getting her first extended play on varsity during the playoffs.

"I don't see any reason why we shouldn't be successful next season," Haughney said.
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