Vikings Meet Their End At Hands Of Dalers

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Hope followed gloom for the Port Washington rooting section in the Farmingdale gym this past Saturday. Fans had witnessed what had been a close girls’ basketball game blown open by the host Dalers, with Farmingdale surging to a 35-17 lead early in the fourth quarter of the Class AA tournament opening round contest on Feb. 13.Port-FarmGB_021716_B Port-FarmGB_021716_A

But then the Vikings—and their fans—were roused out of the doldrums. Port began hitting from the outside. A 15-3 run by the visitors got them to within 38-32 with 1:20 left. Guard Tyler Owens led the charge, closing the phase with two straight three-pointers and then a steal leading to a layup.

The comeback fell short. The Vikings ran out of time, and were forced to foul to stop the running clock and stand a chance. Farmingdale scored its last five points from the foul line to earn the 43-32 win.

“We gave them too many second chances,” said Port (10-10) Coach Dennis Trottier of Farmingdale (15-7), dominant on the offensive boards. “But it was as good an effort as you could have asked for.”

Owens paced 11th-seeded Port with 14 points while Phylicia Waskower added 10. The Dalers, seeded sixth, were led by Italee Brown-Smilke’s 16.

“I have a good feeling about this group,” Trottier said of his young team. “We’re going to have a good future.”

 

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