SOMERS, N.Y. — Coming off a loss to Somers in the opening round of the Michael DePaoli 20th Annual Memorial Basketball Tournament, the Mahopac Indians were looking to bounce back in a big way.
The Indians did just that by defeating Kennedy Catholic 50-44 on Dec. 19 behind 20 points from junior Amanda Geyer, who was named to the all-tournament team.
“It was real important because it would have made three (losses) in a row if we lost this one,” Mahopac coach Chuck Scozzafava said of the win. “It was pretty important that we got the win. It was more important that the girls start to realize the things that we need to do. After the game, we said to them, ‘It wasn’t pretty. We didn’t play great on offense; we didn’t play great on defense, but everything’s fixable.’ It’s just a matter of us getting together and trying to get those loose ends together.”
Mahopac led 39-33 after three quarters and held off a late charge from a physical Kennedy squad.
“We played a little better defense and we were lucky they didn’t hit some shots,” Scozzafava said. “We were able to actually get to the foul line today. We hadn’t been able to get to the foul line. And the other thing was we actually made some foul shots which I think was key for us.”
Senior Carly Pease added nine points, while junior Kim Schiera and sophomore Siobhan Hynes each had six points.
The Indians lost to Somers 53-41 on Dec. 18 in the opening round of the tournament. Somers jumped out to a big first half lead behind the hot shooting of Livy Lipski, who burned Mahopac with five 3-pointers in the first half and finished with a game-high 21 points.
“Our problem was that we didn’t recognize that once she got open and she started hitting them, we didn’t recognize that, ‘You know something, we have to go out and get her,’” Scozzafava said. “We just didn’t do that.”
Pease paced the Indians with 12 points, Geyer added 10 points and Schiera had eight points in defeat.
Mahopac (5-3) will travel to Our Lady of Lourdes for a 6:15 p.m. game on Tuesday, Jan. 5.
“I felt better a few weeks ago,” Scozzafava joked when asked how he feels about the team’s progress through the first weeks of the season. “We’ve had a couple of tough games. I like where we are, but I think there’s a lot more that we can do. And again, it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon. The really most important thing to do is to get the girls prepared for once we get into league and then hopefully if we can get ourselves into sectionals and stuff like that.”