Girls Basketball: Dragan Leads Amity To Another Victory

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Jan 302016

IMG_2384The Lady Spartans basketball team hosted the Foran Lions in Woodbridge on Thursday night.

Foran took an early lead, besting Amity 8-6 in the first quarter, but after that, it was Amity’s game all the way…22-11 in the second; 33-14 in the third and finally, a 46-22 Spartans victory.

Amity’s top point-makers:

Molly Dragan was the game’s high scoring player with 12 points, She was followed by Emma Gehr with 11, Elise Graham 7, Tara Laugeni 6, and Alexa Gibbs 4.

Dragan and Graham each had 5 steals. Alexa Gibbs had 8 rebounds and 5 blocks. Freshman Hayley Esparo had 8 blocks.
Foran’s top point-makers:
Zinnia Hall was the high scoring player for the Lions with 5 points, Sam Inthapanhya 4, Jasmine Lord 4, Lauren Noltholt 3.

Jade Lord and Lauren Notholt each had 9 rebounds.

Records: Amity 9-5; Foran 4-9.

The Lady Spartans have a HOME game on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m.


They’re Back! Lady Spartans Basketball Team Opens Season With A Victory

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Dec 162015

Molly makes her move.

Molly makes her move.

While their Head Coach Michelle Shoop is off on maternity leave, the Lady Spartans have been preparing for the 2015-16 season under the leadership of former Amity player Courtney Brinton, a 2008 graduate.

The girls opened the season with a fast-moving game against Jonathan Law on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at Amity.

The rosters have not yet been posted so, unfortunately we have to use first initials of many of the players.

Leading the Lawmen in points was #4 J. Centore with 20, followed by #22 E. Saley with 11 and #14 L. Dulin with 7.

Amity’s #23 Molly Dragan was the high scoring player for the Lady Spartans who contributed 26 points. Elise Graham #24, was next with 14 points.

Scores for this game were as follows:

First Period has the Lawmen ahead 13-10; The Lady Spartans took the second period 5-2; Amity also took the third period at 19-16. The Lady Spartans dominated the final period at 13-8.

Amity’s first game with Coach Brinton ended in a 48-40 victory. Great job girls, keep up the energy and skills.

Girls Basketball: Lady Spartans Battle It Out With Hand In SCC Semifinal

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Feb 242015

IMG_4953The Amity Lady Spartans faced off against Tigers from Daniel Hand for the SCC Semifinals Monday evening at Jonathan Law High School.

As a single elimination game, both teams badly wanted the win.

The Tigers quickly got the upper Hand on Amity with a 2 point lead, then the Lady Spartans rallied and took a 10-2 lead for most of the quarter. But the girls from Hand would not have any of that, they fought back and finished the quarter at 13 – 10.

In the second quarter, Amity came out strong with a will to overtake the Tigers. It was a tight, action filled 8 minutes with the Lady Spartans coming within 1 to 2 points of their opponents: 17-12; 17-16; 19-16; 19-17; 23-17; and at the buzzer it was 27-17 Hand.

The third quarter was a heartbreaker beginning with the 31-17 lead Hand had in the first 1:30 minutes. Still Amity didn’t throw in the towel, Katie Helfenbein and Elise Graham scored a combined 14 points, but the closest they came to Hand was 9 points, at 40-31 with only 2:07 remaining in the quarter.

Hand retained their lead at 44-31.

Even though they were behind … this was an important game … the Lady Spartans were not about to let it go.

Junior Elise Graham went out there like a category 5 tornado, taking every opportunity to race across the court and take a shot. She made 9 points (including one 3 pointer) for the Spartans.

For the Tigers, foul shots were their friend in the final quarter, scoring 10 points in fouls along with 12 in regular play.

They were merciless in their drive for the win, never letting Amity get within less than 10 points.

Hand won this game 66-44 and will play Mercy for the SCC Championship title.

A tearful Graham, who scored 29 points this evening, was comforted by her former teammate Chloe Brinton and other players after the game. She and fellow junior Molly Dragan walked back to the bus together.

Amity Coach Michelle Shoop, although disappointed in the outcome, had nothing but positive things to say about her girls after the game.

“I am so proud of the girls. Hand is a great team, they have an awesome inside and outside game, so I’m proud of how hard we worked,” she said. “We had two tough, tough games leading up to this, and they gave everything they had so I am really proud of them.”

This is not the end of the road for the Lady Spartans.

“We have states on Monday, it’s another tough one, but after what I’ve seen from these girls, I know they can do anything,” Shoop said.


For Amity — Graham scored 29 points (including three 3-pointers); Katie Helfenbein had 9 points; and Molly Dragan contributed 6 points.

For Hand — Geena Catelano scored 17 points; Paula Materin had 12; and Gaby Martin contributed 10.

Show of Support: After his daughter made two consecutive 2-pointers In the fourth quarter, proud father, Derek Graham ran from the top of the bleachers to the floor and back up again, high-fiving Amity fans in the stands.

Girls Basketball: Lady Spartans Dunk The Trojans

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Jan 212015

IMG_1516Amity hosted Lyman Hall Tuesday Jan. 20 in Woodbridge.

The Lady Spartans has not had the best season so far with a 5-5 record leading up to last night’s game, and senior captain Janaya Young is still on the injured list.

Going up against Lyman Hall with a 5-4 record prior to the game, Amity really needed a win.

The game’s top scoring player was Amity’s junior Molly Dragan (#23) with 20 points, followed by Elise Graham (#24) with 14 points.

Dragan and Kaitlin Thomas each made one 3-point goal. Graham had 10 rebounds and 4 steals and Dragan had 7 assists.

Lyman’s Senior Emma Sears (#4) scored 17 points and Sophomore Sabrina Smith (#20) contributed 14. At 5’5″ junior Alyssa McCann (#1) was a force to be reckoned with, she only scored 2 points, but she was fast and easily sneaked in to block shots and kept things interesting.

Sears made a 3 point goal and Smith made two for the Trojans.

Quarter by quarter

The Lady Spartans took a quick jump on the Trojans, ending the first quarter 12-10.

In the second quarter Amity piled on 14 points to Lyman’s 6, keeping a sizable 26-16 lead going into the half.

Amity stayed strong in the third quarter adding 16 points to Lyman’s 10 and went into the final quarter with a comfortable 42-26 lead.

The Trojans fought back in the fourth quarter racking up 19 points to Amity’s 12, still it wasn’t enough to overtake the Lady Spartans.

Amity wins 54-45.

Records: Amity 6-5, Lyman 5-5

Girls Basketball: Facing Number One — Spartans No Match For The Tigers

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Jan 142015

IMG_0248Before they even stepped onto the court Wednesday night, the Lady Spartans knew they were in for a battle of biblical proportions as they faced the number one team in their division — Mercy: a team that averages 70 or more points per game, and … shows no “mercy” for their opponents.

The Tigers wasted no time in proving their dominance, by the end of the first quarter they held a formidable 25-11 lead over the Lady Spartans.

Mercy kept going in the second quarter adding 16 points to Amity’s 10 and going into the half with a 41-21 lead.

The Lady Spartans had a strong third quarter racking up 17 points to Mercy’s 14, but still not enough to get ahead of the Tigers. Third quarter score 55-38 —Mercy.

What happened in the final quarter was just sinful, Mercy holding Amity down to 3 final points while they piled on an additional 21 for themselves.

In true Mercy High School fashion, the final score was 76-41.

The Tigers’ 5’11” Senior Maura Fitzpatrick was the leading scorer with 26 points (three 3-point goals) followed by 5’7″ junior Destine Perry with 18 points (two 3-point goals).

Molly Dragan led the Lady Spartans with 15 points (two 3-point goals), followed by Elise Graham with 12 points

Next up for Amity (4-6): Lyman Hall (3-5) at Woodbridge, Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m.