COMMACK, New York, Feb. 26
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
What can’t she do?
On Friday, for the fourth-straight game, Commack’s Jackie DelliSanti put up a double-double in the Lady Cougars’ Class AA quarterfinals win, 63-34, over No. 7 Sachem East (13-7).
“When it matters, we have a top player who doesn’t back down,” Glenn Lavey, Commack’s assistant coach, said of DelliSanti after the Lady Cougars’ first-round playoff win. “That’s what we’ve seen every day for the last month of the season.”
DelliSanti’s 19 points and 10 rebounds led No. 2 Commack (19-1) to its 15th straight win. The last time the Lady Cougars lost was on Dec. 19 to eventual-playoff team No. 5 Brentwood (16-4).
With the win, Commack now prepares for a semifinal matchup at Longwood High School on Friday at 5 p.m.
Their opponent? No. 3 Copiague (18-2).
The Eagles are riding a streak similar to that of Commack. The last time Copiague lost was on Dec. 23 – a 70-50 loss to Kings Park (15-5). After a first-round victory over No. 14 Hills East, Copiague reached Friday’s semifinal matchup with a redeeming win over No. 6 Kings Park in the quarterfinals.
As for the Lady Cougars, DelliSanti’s partner in crime, Chelsea Schultz will look to capitalize on Commack’s win over Sachem East where the senior center scored her playoff-high 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Schultz, standing at 6-foot-1, averaged 11.9 points per game in League I play for Commack this season – second only to DelliSanti’s 18.2.
Elsewhere, the Lady Cougars received contributions from Leanne Corso, a junior who scored 10 points in the win, and Jillian Spagnuola, a sophomore with 10 points. Casey Hearns and Christina Rayfield rounded out Commack’s score sheet with 2 points apiece.
On Friday, Commack will enter its second county semifinal game in the last three seasons. The last time the Lady Cougars appeared in that game was the 2012-2013 season when they fell to North Babylon 47-45 in overtime.
Admission is $6 at Longwood High School. The game will be followed by the second semifinal matchup between No. 1 Huntington (20-0) and No. 5 Brentwood (16-4).
Originally published: Long Islander News: The Record
(Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015; A23)