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SW’s Katie Taylor grabs a rebound off a missed free throw during the fourth quarter of Monday night’s OCIAA Division IV basketball game in Lake Huntington. Watching Taylor are teammates Lynnette Lacek (42) and Shelby Grishaber (14) and Burke’s Amanda Lynch and Kate McLoughlin (5).

Burke defeats SW in Div. IV hoops

By Rob Potter
LAKE HUNTINGTON — February 18, 2011 — The John S. Burke Catholic High School Lady Eagles jumped out to an 8-0 advantage over the host Sullivan West Lady Bulldogs in the first two minutes of Monday night’s Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA) Division IV basketball game.
The combination of the early lead and 10 successful shots from beyond the 19-foot, 9-inch arc helped the Lady Eagles record a 48-24 win.
Burke senior guard Amanda Lynch led her team to victory by scoring a game-high 14 points. She swished a trio of 3-point shots and scored 10 of the Lady Eagles’ 13 points in the first quarter.
Early in the second period, Meghan Gallivan and Tara Sullivan made 3-pointers as Burke extended its advantage to 21-7.
SW (9-6, 4-4 Div. IV) outscored the Lady Eagles 8-6 during the rest of the period to cut the Burke lead to 27-15 at halftime.
Jillian Fife scored three of those points for the Lady Bulldogs as she made a foul shot with 52.4 seconds to go and drove down the lane for a basket 10 seconds later.
But Lynch and Sullivan each made a 3-point shot in the first three minutes of the third quarter as the Lady Eagles pushed their lead to 16 points at 33-17.
Burke (12-4, 7-1 Div. IV) outscored the Lady Bulldogs by a 14-4 margin during the fourth period.
Gallivan finished the game with 10 points, while Sullivan had eight points and D.J. Presutti netted six points.
“We have seen a lot of zone defense this season and we were able to shoot the ball well from the outside,” Burke Coach Matt McGinnis said.
He also praised Lynch in particular.
“She’s our best shooter and our best overall scorer because she can also drive to the basket,” he said.
Shelby Grishaber led the Lady Bulldogs with eight points and Gabrielle Humleker netted six points.
Fife and Regina Nicoletti each finished the game with three points.
“We played alright, but Burke has a great defense,” SW Coach Pat Donovan said.
“With our schedule this season, we will face three of the best players in Section IX in Amanda, Jakki and Marissa,” said Donovan, referring to Burke’s Amanda Lynch, Tri-Valley’s Jakki Pugh and Livingston Manor’s Marissa Diescher.
After playing Burke twice this season in Div. IV games and the T-V Lady Bears once in a non-league contest, the SW Lady Bulldogs are scheduled to visit OCIAA Div. VI champion Manor at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow in what will be the regular season finale for both teams.

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