By Connor Beach
The Huntington girls basketball team currently sits in fourth place in Suffolk League III with a league record of 8-6 after a win against Smithtown East on Saturday and a loss at Deer Park on Tuesday.
The Blue Devils took down visiting Smithtown East on Jan. 26 by a score of 40-27.
Huntington trailed the Bulls 11-9 after eight minutes, but went on a 12-0 second quarter run to seize a 21-11 halftime advantage. Smithtown East was never able to recover from the deficit.
The Blue Devils improved to 7-5 in league play after Saturday’s victory.
Huntington junior Abby Maichin turned in another team leading scoring effort with 17 points, seven rebounds and six steals. The junior has been one of Huntington’s top players this season.
Christie Baade had four points and made her presence felt under the boards on both ends of the court.
Emily Plachta contributed nine points and eight rebounds, and Paige Lennon dropped a three pointer. Laurel Bonn, Charlotte Maggio and Holly Wright all had two points, while Jordan Forte scored a point from the free throw line.
“We are definitely on a hot streak as a team right now,” Maichin said. “Everyone is feeling really good about how we are playing and we need to keep this up to take us through the rest of our season. Everyone has been playing to their potential and contributing to all aspects of what we need to do to win. If we continue this, we will be set for a successful run in the playoffs.”
The Blue Devils traveled to Deer Park on Tuesday night looking to continue their winning ways, but got off to a slow start on offense.
Huntington scored just six points in the first half, and they went into the locker room at halftime trailing the Falcons 26-6.
The Blue Devils took the court in the third quarter determined to show their fighting spirit. They outscored Deer Park 16-4 in the third quarter cutting the deficit to eight.
The third quarter comeback proved too little too late, and the Blue Devils lost 34-24.
Maichin again led the scoring for Huntington with nine points. Plachta finished with eight points, Lennon contributed four points and Wright knocked down the only three pointer of the game for the Blue Devils.