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