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Dalers Lock Down Elmont
Jay Mumford

As long as the Farmingdale Dalers are relentless and play some defense, Head Coach Pete Cerrone has to live with what they do offensively.

“Nobody’s renting the Farmingdale offensive video,” he joked after his Dalers knocked off Elmont in the first round of the playoffs, 43-32. “Sometimes we can’t dribble, shoot, or pass, but whoever is relentless will be on the floor for us.”

With only junior guard Nadine Hadnagy in double figures, the Dalers got enough of everything from everybody to maintain control for almost the entire game. With seven of the Dalers’ 12 players getting in the scoring column, balance and intangibles made all the difference.

“Nothing shows in the stat sheets, but when you look out there you see who’s on the ball and playing hard,” Coach Cerrone said.

Forwards Colleen Reynolds and Courtney Irby did dirty work inside. Point guard Alexis Panariello was able to ball hawk Elmont’s back court.  Freshman Lauren Hill drained a pair of treys early on to initiate Elmont’s woes on the scoreboard. Hadnagy (who scored a game high 16 points) nailed a back-breaking three in the third quarter and made the most of the Dalers’ position in the double bonus by going 4 of 5 from the stripe late in the game.

Conversely, Elmont didn’t get much help outside of the potent duo of senior forward Bria Fisher and junior shooter Cassandra Cherry. The one two-punch of Fisher and Cherry was responsible for all of Elmont’s 13 first half points. Fisher (who scored a team high 15 points for Elmont) carried the load for the Spartans throughout the game, scoring from inside and out and finishing through two and three defenders. But therein lay Elmont’s dilemma - the role players’ struggles to pick up the slack and provide the intangibles. The Spartans never led after Fisher went back door to put them up, 9-6, in the opening minutes of action. Farmingdale had the aforementioned intangibles and role players, but it wasn’t always pretty. Nonetheless, it was relentless and that’s all Coach Cerrone can ask for.

“We get out there and we scrap every night,” he said.

Farmingdale will travel to Baldwin to face the Bruins in the quarterfinals on Wednesday at 7PM.

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