LEE -- Stephanie Young returned to the county basketball spotlight with a vengeance Wednesday night, scoring 21 points and pulling down 20 rebounds to lead Lee's girls to an impressive 38-21 win over Pittsfield.
"It's okay," said Young of her injured shoulder, which has kept her out of the lineup for the past several games. "It feels fine."
"I was a lot more nervous than she was," said Lee coach Gary Wellington. "We are trying to get back to playing decently. It's been a tough season, with injuries, and we're still not playing as well as we can."
Maybe not, but the Wildcat defense was pretty impressive. In fact, it was hard to say who had a more impressive performance: Young, who also had six blocks, eight steals and three assists; or the Lee defense, which held the Generals to 13.5 percent shooting. That included shutting out the Generals in the fourth quarter. PHS was 0 for 18 in that span.
"Really?" said Generals coach Joe Racicot when apprised of that stat. "Well, we have had some offensive problems the past few games. Maybe now that we've hit bottom, we can bounce back. I hope."
The game was a physical contest from the opening tip. Emily Koldys drilled a 3-point shot for Pittsfield with time winding down in the first quarter and the game was tied, 10-10.
It didn't get any better in the second quarter. Young was getting in the scorebook, but she was about the only one. Baskets for the Generals were few and far between. They were staying in the contest with strong defense of their own and outstanding offensive rebounding. A Dominique Satrape put-back was actually the only two-pointer in the second quarter as the visitors were outscored 10-5 in that span.
Pittsfield managed only six points in the third quarter. But the Generals were equally adamant, holding Lee to only four points in the same span. Young was getting bumped and bounced a lot.
"I don't mind," said Young of the physical play. "It wasn't that bad, really. I got to the foul line a lot."
She did, hitting 11 of 15 free throws.
It may have still been a game after three quarters, with Lee up only 24-21. But Young hit a put-back, Moriah McKenna did the same and when Eileen Dooley scored off a steal, Lee was up nine. Racicot called time, but it didn't work too well. The Generals were ice cold the rest of the way.
Satrape led the Generals with six points. She also had seven steals. Lauren Carnevale and Rachael Hunt each had 12 rebounds to lead PHS.
Young, in fact, was the only double-figure scorer in the game. But Dooley had eight points, nine rebounds and did a solid job on PHS sharpshooter Courtney McLaughlin, holding her to five points.
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