Long Island junior is breakout star at Johnson City's Hoops Festival

Long Island junior is breakout star at Johnson City's Hoops Festival


Long Island junior is breakout star at Johnson City's Hoops Festival



In 2011, she was Breanna. Last summer, she was Saniya.

For this third BCANY Summer Hoops Festival, the “It Factor” gal spectators will talk about over coffee in the morning or a pint in the evening is “Boogie.”

Plug “Boogie Brozoski” into the engine of choice: Long Island Lutheran High junior-to-be, New York’s reigning Class A Player of the Year after first-team Class B all-state as a freshman, maybe to be seen on the flat screen wearing Maize & Blue three winters hence.

All she did Saturday was dump 32 points with five long-rangers on the Southern Tier, reviving Nassau County from 18 points in arrears after halftime to a 76-64 win against a team that logged its first two victories by a 26-point average.

Breanna Stewart, who has moved from Cicero-North Syracuse to UConn, was the best — and may one day go down among the all-timers. Saniya Chong, who will follow Stewart to UConn from her storied stay at Ossining High, was 2012-13 Parade Magazine national Player of the Year.


She has two high school seasons remaining, yet has been a starter on two Federation championship teams. Stands 5 feet, 5 inches, sports some ‘brow-raising footwear — turquoise & hot pinkish Saturday, nearest these old eyes could decipher — and moves quicker than gossip.

Between the lines she is fearless, self-assured and stoic, aggressive, foxy and — what must be so damned frustrating to a defender — at once predictable and unstoppable.

A bit over four minutes into second-half play, Harpursville’s Miranda Drummond bagged two free throws for her team’s seventh and eighth consecutive points. It was a 49-31 advantage for the home team.

But then, as if summoning the power of Michael Jackson lyrics — ” … We can ride the Boogie … ” — the Long Islanders shoved it in high gear. They appeared to bait the local gals into an unfavorable pace — the same locals playing a third game in 18 hours, mind you.

Five consecutive points from Boogie had Nassau within 49-43 with 11:49 to play. Four more from Boogie helped cut the deficit to 51-47. The final tie, at 51, came with 9:41 to play, and the lead was Nassau’s for keeps 19 seconds later.

The diminutive blur boogied to the rim for a goal and a four-point lead with seven minutes left, then flushed a hair-trigger 3-pointer to make it 60-54 with 6½ remaining. She flushed another 3 from the corner half-a-minute later, then pirouetted into the lane for a mid-range jump shot and the difference was 10 with 4:50 left.

To wrap up matters, Boogie deftly worked some clock up top before again slipping into the lane for two and a 76-62 lead with 1:55 remaining.

Do the math: 49-31 gave way to 62-76. Ouch!

“Coach gave me the green light from the beginning of the game but in the first half, it was just ridiculous,” Boogie said. “I was missing everything, committing turnovers, it was hard. … Toward the end he put the ball in my hand every possession and I made something of it. “

Just for kicks I asked Lauren Nicole Brozoski: Hypothetically, if she were assigned the task of guarding Boogie, where’d she start?

“I wouldn’t play too high up and I wouldn’t play too far back, I’d stay right between the three-point line and the foul line,” she informed. “Because I’m either going to drive and you’ll have help, or I’m going to pull up for the 3 but your hand is there.”

KS: “Yeah, but your release is so quick, I can’t arrive fast enough to block it.”

Lauren Nicole (all smiles): “Then, that’s your problem.”

Doesn’t take but a few minutes in her presence to grasp that she has more going for her than poise and moxie and “Wow” factor on the court. She gets it, and clearly knows her way around cameras, digital recorders and the like.

Said Julie Yacovoni, Maine-Endwell senior-to-be: “She’s very good. She’s got a lot of nice moves, a lot of nice ball-handling and she’s a good shooter.”

The nickname? “My dad used to play with this guy in the streets called Boogie and he was like, ‘Know what? Your game reminds me of his, so I’m just gonna call you Boogie.’ “

That was back when she was a fourth-grader. “It works for me, everybody calls me that. I like it.”

KS: “Lauren Nicole, that’s pretty, I like that better than Boogie.”

BB (more smiles): “Well, you can call me Lauren Nicole.”

She said Michigan has offered the full shot — “I love the University of Michigan” — but she will take assorted other visits. She intends to settle on a destination before onset of her junior season.

As for the Southern Tier squad, Drummond scored 19 points against Nassau and came back with 18 to go with 19 from Horseheads’ Amanda Schiefen in an 84-67 win against Adirondack. The local girls play an 11:15 a.m. semifinal Sunday — and wouldn’t they love another crack at Nassau County.


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