The Blue Devil varsity girls' basketball team posed for a pre-game photo.

Katie Browne Lifts Huntington in Season Opener

The Blue Devil varsity girls' basketball team posed for a pre-game photo.

November 24, 2021

Four Blue Devil players scored in double figures led by Katie Browne’s 16 points to carry Huntington to a season-opening win over Harborfields in Louis D. Giani Gymnasium on Tuesday night, 63-19.

Browne connected on seven shots from the floor, including one from beyond the three-foot arc and played tenacious defense to pace the Blue Devils. Junie Nosile had 14 points and Makaylah Frazier and Emily Plachta dropped 13 points each.

Huntington overwhelmed the visitors early in the game to open a large lead. Asyria Rios scored four points off the bench. Teddi Carnesi and Shaneek Shand also scored for the Blue Devils.

“The game went exactly according to plan,” Browne said. “We have been training all week and tonight we were really able to come together and execute for the win. I’m so proud of our team. This sets the tone for the rest of the season.”

Despite missing several players, Huntington played well. Eighth graders Ruby Baliber and Jolie Weinschreider made their first appearances on the varsity level.

The Blue Devils were never threatened in the game. A crowd of about 100 included Superintendent Jim Polansky and former three-sport Huntington great and current Notre Dame lacrosse player Abby Maichin, who is home for Thanksgiving.

The season started off on a great note with senior vocalist Ashley Genao performing a spirited version of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

“I think it was a really strong way to start the season and an awesome team effort,” said Plachta, who was also a force on defense and on the boards. “Everyone came out ready to go and it really showed.”

Huntington will host Commack in a scrimmage on Wednesday and then welcome Cold Spring Harbor on Saturday morning in a second scrimmage.