Girls’ Basketball Swishes Early Schedule


Madison Taylor

Ava Kornbluth, Entertainment Editor

The Wantagh girls’ basketball team shoots for a third trip to the county final in the past six years. The girls had defeated all of their opponents until experiencing a tough loss against Floral Park, 57-49, which is 12-0 in the conference. With two games to go Wantagh is 14-3 overall and 9-3 in Conference A4, where its in 2nd place.

Lead by coach Bujacich and assistant coach Colton, along with captains Julia Wilkinson, Morgan Flaherty, Jenna Kaufmann, and Ally Vaccaro, the team is under great leadership.

The Warriors began their conference season with a 58-50 win against Bethpage, where top performer Morgan Flaherty scored 19 points. Julia Wilkinson, a guard, was ranked eleventh in top scorers on Long Island midway through the season. She will be attending Harvard University next year.

“This year, as in past years, we have outstanding strong senior leadership, on and off the court with Morgan, Jenna, Ally and Julia,” says Coach Bujacich. “We have a nice blend of experience and youth and great team chemistry. Our tough early season non-league schedule has helped us prepare for conference schedule.”

In the Floral Park game the Warriors led nearly the entire game until the last quarter. Wantagh’s top performer was Lauren Goldberg with 13 points, while Julia Wilkinson and Morgan Flaherty added 9 points each. Wantagh had a close game with Plainedge, resulting in a 10 point win.

Morgan Flaherty led the Warriors with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Both Flaherty and Wilkinson drained a 3-pointers in the final two minutes as the Warriors finished up the game on a 15-5 run.

Wantagh defeated Lynbrook, 68-57, on January 8. Junior Lauren Goldberg was the top scorer, tallying 23 points and 18 rebounds – her best game yet.

Wantagh has been hurt late in the season by injuries to Wilkinson and Taylor, two of the team’s top guards.  Moreover there was an early season injury to Ally Vaccaro.