MAHOPAC, N.Y. – The Mahopac girls basketball team has been playing better and better, and last week the Indians picked up three wins in four tries, topping Port Chester, Carmel and Roy C. Ketcham. The lone loss of the week came to Arlington, leaving the Indians at 7-3 overall, 2-1 in league play.
Monday at home, the Indians rolled through an easy victory over Port Chester, led by freshman Kristina Rush’s 22-point effort. Caitlyn O’Boyle added 14 points, and Julie DeBrocky had 12 for the Indians.
“The girls played well,” Indians coach Chuck Scozzafava said. “They (Port Chester) have one really good player (Kayliegh Heckel), an eighth-grader, and she’s legit. And we did a nice job on her.”
Last Saturday at Carmel, the Indians rolled to another easy victory, hammering the Rams, 82-39.
“We’re shooting the ball better,” Scozzafava said. “When we’re hitting shots, these are the kind of numbers we can put up. We hit 13 three-pointers—that was a big deal.”
Rush led the way with 20 points; junior Mia Klammer added 16 points and grabbed 6 steals; Melanie DeMeo had 14 points; and Shannon Becker grabbed 10 rebounds to go with 9 points.
“We shot the ball well, and we defended well,” Scozzafava said. “We did a nice job on their top player, and to keep them under 40 points—I have to be happy. Mia’s quickness, she does a lot of things for us. Melanie and her usually play the opponent’s best players.
“Rush, with 20, did a really nice job,” the coach went on. “And DeMeo has been stepping into that point guard role, a sophomore and showing some growth. And Becker gave us some nice rebounding and scoring.”
The prior Thursday, the Indians topped Ketcham, 48-33, behind DeMeo‘s 19 points. O’Boyle added 11 points and 12 rebounds, and Becker grabbed 12 boards.
“That was a nice game for us, after the Arlington loss,” the coach said. “We focused and played well defensively. We forced turnovers and got baskets off of those.”
One day earlier, the Indians dropped a 47-31 decision to Arlington. Rush lead the way with 14 points.
Overall, Scozzafava likes the way his team has been progressing, after winning seven of its first 10 games.
“Hopefully we’re starting to grow, and move forward,” the coach said. “Arlington was not a good game for us, but hopefully we keep building. We face Our Lady of Lourdes this week (Wednesday), that will be a tough test. But I like what we’re doing, the way the girls are improving and seeing each other better. They’re also trying not to get ahead of themselves.”
The Indians were scheduled to visit John Jay (East Fishkill) at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, and host Carmel at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, as the “United Against Cancer” series continues, with varsity boys at 1 and varsity girls at 2:30 p.m. JV games will be played prior.