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East Rock loses in semis

Posted Wednesday, March 30, 2005 by Karin Leary

East Rock loses in semis


TROY, N.Y. -- The first half was a nightmare.

It didn't get much better in the second half, either.

East Rockaway, one of Nassau's better shooting teams during the regular season, suffered a game-long cold spell yesterday in a 53-32 loss to Seton Catholic in a Class C state public schools semifinal at Hudson Valley CC.

The first half in particular cost the Rocks (22-3); they shot 3-for-20 and fell behind 22-9.

"That was really bad," said junior guard Meredith Levison, who led East Rockaway with 16 points, including three three-pointers. "We didn't do the things we had been doing. The fundamentals that you learn in fourth grade, we didn't do any of those things."

East Rockaway trailed 12-6 after the first quarter but had only one field goal in the second.

Overall, East Rockaway shot 9-for-52. Seton Catholic (15-7, Section IV), which will play Brushton-Moira Central (18-2, X) at 1:45 p.m. today in the final, shot 18-for-44, including 7-for-15 on three-pointers.

Junior guard Diedre Torto led Seton Catholic with 17 points and was 5-for-8 from outside the arc. Her three with six seconds left in the third quarter made it 39-23.

"Our main goal was to shut down Levison and [junior forward Brittany] Fuller," Torto said, "and for the most part, we did a good job of that."

Fuller, who averaged 18 points, finished with eight points and nine rebounds.

Seton Catholic played zone for the most part, usually a mistake against the Rocks' capable outside shooters, but not yesterday.

"We just weren't making shots," said East Rockaway coach Karin Leary, who coached the Rocks into the state final in 2003.

"We have good shooters, but when someone is playing a zone against you, you have to shoot it well."

When the season began, East Rockaway made no secret that its main goal was avenging a loss in last year's Southeast Regional final to Section I champ Haldane, which it did, 53-45, eight days ago at Hofstra.

"It's a great accomplishment to make it back up here," Levison said. "But it still hurts to know we could have gone further than we did."

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