Bautista's 20 lead St. Mary's past Sachem East
So much for a difficult transition for Mei-Lyn Bautista.
The sophomore transfer from the Mary Louis Academy has quickly acclimated to her new St. Mary's team, scoring 20 points en route to a 48-43 win over Suffolk powerhouse Sachem East.
Buatista did most of her scoring in the first half, scoring 14 points for the Gaels in the first 16 minutes as her squad took a 32-26 lead over the top-ranked team in Suffolk County.
"I feel pretty confident in my game right now," Bautista said following the win. "We're always ready to come out and play the next game."
The Gaels have always dominated the boys side of the ball, this year with the help of its need transfer students from the Mary Louis Academy, the Lady Gaels are thriving as Long Island's third-ranked girls basketball team.
"It's been a hard transition. We were all nervous," Bautista said about acclimating to a new squad. "The team welcomed us like we were family. We didn't feel uncomfortable at all."
After St. Mary's took a 32-226 lead into the half, Sachem East showed why they are the top team in Suffolk County. Dating back to the second quarter the Flaming Arrows went on a 17-7 run to take a 38-37 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
St. Mary's wouldn't have anything of that however. They trailed by a point entering the fourth quarter and outscored the Flaming Arrows 11-5 in the final quarter for the victory, as Bautista scored six points in the final frame for the victory.
"We had to be smart (in the fourth quarter)," Bautista said. "Any bad shot we took could have cost us the game."
Fellow Mary Louis-transfer Jordan Augustus had a double-double for St. Mary's with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Kathleen Everson led the Flaming Arrows with 17 points, while Katie Doherty added 12 for Sachem East.