Sports are full of superstitions. How many times is it said that a certain player needs to eat a particular food before a game or to where a particular item in a certain way. As for Our Lady of Mercy’s Samantha Lynch, she might not want to get rid of her protective eyewear.
Although she doesn’t always sport the goggles, the sophomore did have a career-high 22 points and her team won their first game of the season with a 66-43 decision over Amityville in the Lindenhurst Girls Basketball Tournament consolation game.
“Coming off the eye injury yesterday, it was kind of difficult adjusting to the goggles,” says Lynch. “Once I got into the game in the second [quarter] it worked out.”
Lynch scored seven of her 22 points in the second quarter, during two major runs for the Spartans to open up big leads against the Warriors. With the score at 15-10 to start the second quarter, OLMA opened up the period by scoring the first 13 points, most with an up-tempo that kept breezing past Amityville’s defense for easy layups.
“We definitely have speed this year and we are looking forward to that. We really want to run the ball,” said Lynch. “Last year we tried playing a slower game and stopping the other team. This year we are looking to be on the offensive end.”
The Spartans closed out the first half on a 9-0 run with plenty of the action heading in the direction of junior Marilyn Lehmuller who contributed 9 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 steals.
“Marilyn has been great. Her shot has really been coming along, also driving to the hoop,” Lynch says. “She has put up some nice points on the board.”
Rebecca Stouges as well was a force on the glass as the first year varsity player grabbed 10 rebounds to go along with 13 points coming off the bench.
On the other side of the ball, Shawna Thornton had herself quite a game for Amityville (0-3) as she led the way with 25 points and 13 rebounds in the defeat. LaNiya Clark chipped in with 6 points and a pair of rebounds as well.
With the win, Our Lady of Mercy improves to 1-2 on the young season, and look to improve with each passing game says Lynch. “We have some new girls that haven’t really had too many varsity minutes so it definitely took a little while for them to adjust, but I definitely think by the third game we are clicking.”
Maybe she should stick with the goggles just a little while longer, at least until the magic runs out on them.
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