Oh, how that name has become synonymous with Sachem East basketball.
Superstar sharpshooter Meagan Doherty successfully succeeded Kristen, one of the greatest scorers in Long Island history. But she graduated last year. And just as the team ran out of Doherty sisters there emerged cousin Katie.
Oh, and how often "Doherty" was called on the PA system of Sachem East's gymnasium Wednesday. Katie Doherty had 21 points and seven assists, leading the second-seeded Flaming Arrows in a 63-38 win over No. 7 Riverhead in a Class AA quarterfinal.
"I think there's some basketball gene in that family," coach Matt Brisson said, jokingly. "Jimmy and Tommy played at Sachem, stayed local and had daughters. They keep rolling in. Who's luckier than me?"
Katie Doherty, a junior, has also helped lead the field hockey team to two state championships. But back to basketball . . .
The 5-10 point guard scored eight points in the second quarter as Sachem East pulled away with a 20-4 period. Her drives into the paint helped clear the perimeter.
"Katie is a true leader," said Emily Carmel, who had 11 points, "and she makes everyone better."
Kathleen Everson, who dominated the post, scored 12 of her 16 points in the third quarter and had 11 rebounds.
"We've felt the sting of losing in the playoffs," Doherty said, referring to the 47-45 upset to Hauppauge in last year's semifinals. "That's in our minds and we wanted to make a statement."
Sachem East (17-2) will face Whitman in the semifinals at 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's College.
Shanice Allen scored 14 points for No. 7 Riverhead (12-8), which was the defending Long Island champion.