January 15, 2013 | 448 views
Sewanhaka keeps the ball rolling
Coming off a season that yielded a conference championship and a run to the quarterfinal round of the Nassau Class A playoffs, Sewanhaka entered the 2012-13 basketball season looking to continue to move up among the ranks of the elite teams in the county.
With some new personnel, and wearing the proverbial bull’s eye on their back that comes with success, the Lady Indians have undergone some growing pains, but seem to be on the way to another solid season. After a 44-35 non-league win over Syosset last Friday, the Lady Indians are 6-4 overall, 4-1 in Conference A-II. Senior Shantell McCall scored eight points, pulled down 13 rebounds, and dished out six assists to lead the way.
Head coach Alex Soupios likes the direction his team is going. “It’s taken some time for the girls to get used to playing with one another, but we’re starting to hit our stride,” Soupios said. “We have some girls who are starting for the first time, and others who are getting their first taste of varsity basketball. We haven’t fired on all cylinders as of yet. It’s a learning process. You never want to peak too early. I think we’re coming together at the right time.”
After dropping back-to-back contests to Floral Park and Division, both in heartbreaking fashion, the Lady Indians have won three straight games. In a 67-43 victory over Glen Cove, McCall had a game-high 19 points, and freshman forward Casey Hayes scored 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Sophomore Michelle Niles added 14 points in the win.
Soupios is impressed with Niles. “Michelle is one of those girls who works incredibly hard, and plays year round,” Soupios said. “She has stepped up considerably, and has become a terrific outside threat for us. She’s a big part of the present and the future for us.” Niles leads the team with 15 three-point baskets on the year, including four in the win over Glen Cove.