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Wildcats Finish Strong

Posted Saturday, February 18, 2012 by John Westermann

Shoreham-Wading River wraps up regular season finale with win


Senior Alyssa Fleming makes a free throw for Shoreham in a game against Bayport-Blue Point on Feb. 10. Photo by John Westermann
February 15, 2012 | 05:40 PM
Shoreham-Wading River senior basketball captain Alyssa Fleming was honored for her varsity career before the Wildcats' final home game Feb. 10 before the Suffolk County playoffs begin. Fleming was given flowers by head coach Dennis Haughney, a signed basketball and a portrait of her teammates who all wrote FLEM on their arms with Sharpies.

Then the second-place Wildcats turned their attention to the visiting Bayport-Blue Point Phantoms and the 5-9 Fleming got busy on defense. Her four first-quarter steals ignited the Wildcat offense for a 13-6 lead.

A steal and layup by sophomore guard Shannon Rosati ran the Wildcat lead to 19-10 and the visitors needed a time-out. Taking the ball out from under the Wildcat basket with under four seconds left in the first half, Fleming threw a long pass to junior Meghan King who wheeled and fired the ball to Rosati for a buzzer beater and a 30-17 lead at the break.

A rugged defender, Fleming got her money's worth in her final appearance and used all five personal fouls before making her exit with 3:16 left to play and her team ahead by 20. She didn't think the final two fouls were worthy of a whistle, and they probably weren't, but she didn't argue.

King scored 10 of her 12 points in the first half and Rosati led all Wildcat scorers with 15 points in the 50-38 League VI win. Fleming scored 10 points and, with help from 5-10 sophomore Taylor Whiffen (four points), dominated the backboards. Freshman guard Courtney Clasen scored six points and sophomore guard Kerri Clark drained a three. Freshman Paige Faherty led the Phantoms with 16 points.

After the game, Fleming, who will play lacrosse at Stony Brook University next year, said, "There were always three of us playing basketball in my grade, then two, now just me."

She continued, "Going to the playoffs is great. We'll practice and play our hardest and see where we can go. And if I know my team, we'll play real hard."


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