SOMERS, N.Y.— Liv Lipski’s range might start the second she sets foot in a gym.
The junior has the ability to nail 3-pointers from well beyond the three-point line and that was on full display in a 62-27 blowout win over visiting Brewster on Feb. 3. She finished with a game-high 23 points and made six 3-pointers.
“Hitting my first couple of shots got me going,” Lipski said. “My teammates give me all the energy and get me going. I kind of just try to shoot whenever I’m open.”
Lipski buried a deep three with five seconds left in the first quarter to give the Tuskers a 10-6 lead after a slow start.
It was a sign of things to come.
Lipski and Danielle DiCintio knocked down back-to-back triples to start a hot shooting second quarter. The Bears answered with a three of their own, but Hannah Angelini scored and Lipski splashed another three to put Somers up 21-9.
“Is there any limit? No,” Somers coach Marc Hattem said when asked about Lipski’s range. “Liv has no conscience. If she’s open I tell her, ‘Shoot the ball.’ When we see a shot go in and then another shot, that’s the energy that we needed.”
Junior Jackie Penzo got to the line four times in the second quarter and made all four as Somers went into halftime with a commanding 27-13 lead.
Lipski’s three-point parade marched on in the third quarter as she sunk two more threes and even scored once from inside the arc as the Tusker lead swelled to 43-21 heading into the final quarter.
“Her shots were not only going in — they didn’t hit the rim,” said Hattem, who also recorded his 100th career win. “She hit one three and the gym went quiet. I think everyone was just in shock.”
The Tuskers also capped off an undefeated league record on their way to a league title.
“I think it’s the first time in school history,” Hattem said of going a perfect 8-0 in the league. “We play in a really good league. To go undefeated in the league, it’s a huge accomplishment. But it’s not the end game. Now we have to start shifting towards our next goal.”
The Tuskers, who have won the league title three of the last four season, won the league last season but had an undefeated league record ruined by the Bears.
“To be able to win it now and go undefeated — especially with this team — is really cool,” Lipski said.
Lipski’s three-point prowess opened up the driving lanes for players like Penzo, who added 12 points in the win.
“Jackie’s so good at getting to the basket — she doesn’t need much room,” Hattem said. “When she has that kind of room she’s very tough.”
Angelini (six points), Isabella Rukaj (six points), DiCintio (five points) and Tina Hebeisen (four points) also chipped in.
“When I’m shooting well like tonight and they take away me, there are too many good people on our team to cover everyone,” Lipski said. “So when I’m shooting well they cover me and Jackie’s just driving to the hoop like crazy like she always does. And then Hannah is open and it’s just a good mix.”
Somers (14-5) hosts Tappan Zee at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10 in its regular season finale. It’s also the Tuskers’ senior night.