The Riverhead Blue Waves scored a decisive first-round victory in the Suffolk AA girls basketball tournament Monday night, defeating Patchogue-Medford 67-46.
The Waves didn’t let the second-quarter ejection, on a technical violation, of head coach Dave Spinella rattle them. They took control of the game and by the end of the half held an 18-point lead. They never looked back.
Jayln Brown scored her 1,000th career point in tonight’s game, putting a total of 16 on the board.
Melodee Riley led the Waves with 23 points, followed by Brown and Kaila Nazario, who had 13.
Shanice Allen scored 10 points.
“We played together as a team tonight,” Brown said after the game. “That’s what made the difference. And we used our speed to our advantage.”
The senior said she wasn’t aware she was closing in on 1,000 points. “I knew I was close, but I didn’t know I was that close,” she said.
Spinella’s ejection on a technical — a first for him — took everyone by surprise. The referee said the coach was coming out of the coach’s box. Assistant coach Jim Janecek said he and coach Gerald Weisman “had a quick pow-pow” after the head coach got sent out. They regrouped and moved on, he said.
With tonight’s victory, the Waves (18-1) advance to the quarterfinals. They host No. 6 Ward Melville (12-5) Wednesday at 5 p.m. Ward Melville beat Kings Park tonight, 53-39.
RiverheadLOCAL photos by Peter Blasl