By Andrew Wroblewski
A Blue Devils senior set a new girls basketball record in the team’s 41-38 loss to Sachem North last Thursday.
All-County senior captain Alexandra Heuwetter scored 25 points, including seven three-pointers. The beyond-the-arc shooting performance was the best in a single game in at least the past 15 years of the program’s history, according to school records.
“The other coaches and I just kept looking at each other in amazement each time she hit one,” head coach Mike Kaplan said. “In every game she’s face guarded and the main focus of the other team’s defense, but all she needs is just a little room to catch and shoot.”
Kaplan added that Heuwetter, who led all scorers in the contest, has improved other aspects of her game, including the ability to score off the dribble and play tough defense.
Secondary scoring was provided by Nicole Leslie, who added eight points, and Abby Maichin, who finished with four.
The performances were somewhat overshadowed, however, as the Flaming Arrows outscored the Blue Devils, 12-6, over the final eight minutes of play to win the game. It was Sachem North’s fifth win in sixth games, while Huntington fell to 3-2 on the season.
Kaplan noted that the Blue Devils are, at the moment, a little banged up as they’ve been battling through injuries to start the season. One of the Blue Devils working back from an injury is Katie Seccafico, who Kaplan called the team’s “floor general.”
“Injuries make things tough, but in a sense they help the young kids to learn,” Kaplan said, noting that the Blue Devils roster this year sports six underclassmen.
The young core will be tasked with helping Huntington right the ship, and carry the momentum through the rest of the season, Kaplan said.
“We have high expectations,” he said. “We’ve lost a few early on, but we have to bounce back, and get back to playing the defense we usually play.”
Huntington also fell, 60-43, to Smithtown West on Tuesday.
The Blue Devils are set to play their league home opener tonight, 4:30 p.m. against Half Hollow Hills High School East (3-2).