Whitman Wildcats Eye First Place

  Whitman junior Meghan Soulias is averaging 19.2 points per game through the Wildcats current five-game win streak.   Photo/South Huntington School District

Whitman junior Meghan Soulias is averaging 19.2 points per game through the Wildcats current five-game win streak. Photo/South Huntington School District

By Andrew Wroblewski
awroblewski@longislandergroup.com

After a big, come-from-behind win over Riverhead on Friday, the Lady Wildcats of Walt Whitman have their sights set on the top spot in Suffolk League II.

Whitman, currently 8-1 in league play, second to only undefeated Northport, trailed Riverhead (5-3) by one point with 10 seconds left to play on the road.

Danielle Kleet turned the tides with the game-winning three-pointer that put the Wildcats ahead by two.

Meghan Soulias led all scorers in the contest with 19 points, including a three-pointer with less than one minute left to play.

Tomorrow night the Wildcats will have another shot at Northport, the only team to defeat them in league play this season. The two teams first met at Northport on Jan. 9, when the Tigers used a balanced attack to come away with a 48-44 win.

This time around, in the South Gym at Whitman, the Wildcats will look to extend their five-game win streak that began three days after the loss to Northport.

Through the winning streak, Soulias has been a force, averaging 19.2 points per game – and the Wildcats as a whole have been outscoring opponents 55-43 on average.

If Whitman defeats Northport they’ll move into a tie for first place in the League II standings.

Tip-off is slated for 6:15 p.m.

The Wildcats will then have two games left this regular season: a Feb. 6, 4:30 p.m. contest at Central Islip (6-3); and a Feb. 9, 6 p.m. home game against Bay Shore (1-7).

Suffolk’s Class AA playoff tournament is tentatively slated to begin with outbracket games on Wednesday, Feb. 14.