It was shaping up to be a game to forget for Yuni Sher on Senior Night after a scoreless first quarter. Instead, it turned into a game the Long Island Lutheran senior forward will always remember.
Sher had career highs of 22 points and 21 rebounds to lead Long Island Lutheran to a 66-59 home win over Mary Louis in a non-league girls basketball game.
Sher was taken out of the game in the first quarter and yelled at by Lutheran coach Rich Slater.
"I was not chasing the ball in the first half," Sher said. "He knows what to do to make me go whether it's yelling or encouraging me. I did what I had to do to win the game. My teammates got me the ball."
Christina Raiti scored 15 points and Boogie Brozoski added 15 points and eight assists for Lutheran (17-5).
"We were together all day," Raiti said of her and Sher before the 5:30 p.m. game. "We weren't allowed in the gym until 4 [p.m.]. We were talking about how nervous we were and we didn't sleep last night. I have played with her a lot and never saw her have a game like that."
Sher scored 10 points in the fourth quarter. Brozoski hit a jumper with 5:40 left in the game to give the Crusaders a 55-43 lead. After Mary Louis (10-14) scored five straight, Sher scored on a putback.
Mary Louis capped a 12-2 run on a layup by Jordan Augustus (16 points) to pull within 59-57 with 2:21 left. But the Crusaders sealed it by going 6-for-7 from the foul line in the final 2:05.
Long Island Lutheran, the defending Federation Class B champion, doesn't play again until March 23 in the Federation semifinals.
"We have a lot of scrimmages and practices coming up," Sher said. "We treat scrimmages like games."