MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac High School’s girls basketball team wasted no time in getting off to a great start to the pandemic-shortened 2021 season last week, rolling over cross-town rival Carmel in lopsided victories twice, and crushing Dutchess rival John Jay on Saturday in another blowout, 83–54.
At home last Saturday against John Jay, the Indians had five players score in double figures, and the Patriots’ defense had no answer.
Lauren Beberman and Julie DeBrocky each had 14 for Mahopac, senior captain Caitlyn O’Boyle added 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Kristina Rush dropped in 12 points.
“We got out early to a 10-0 start, played good defense, and ran our offense,” Mahopac coach Chuck Scozzafava said. “When you’re making shots, that makes everything look good. And we had four girls in double figures, and five others score, so that was a good team game.”
Scozzafava pointed to long-range shooting and defense as keys. “Julie had a real nice game with four three-pointers, and Lauren added two, and had a good all-around game,” he said. “O’Boyle also had a good game for us, she really controls the boards. We’ve just got to keep up the defense, make sure we have a desire to play defense.”
Senior captain Mia Klammer’s 16-point performance led the Indians in their season-opening victory over the Rams the prior Monday at Carmel, 70-29.
Klammer added six assists, five rebounds and four steals. Lauren Beberman had 13 points and six rebounds, DeBrocky had 12 points, and O’Boyle had seven points to go with eight rebounds, two assists, three steals and a block.
In the Indians’ 62-19 victory over Carmel last Tuesday at Mahopac, Klammer led the way with 12 points and three steals. Amanda Beberman and DeBrocky each had nine points for Mahopac.
“I like that we stayed disciplined,” Scozzafava said. “Sometimes when you play a team that’s struggling, that can lead to some bad habits. But we played our game, and stayed within our system, which was big. It’s all about being disciplined.”
The Indians were scheduled to take on Yorktown twice this week, playing on the road at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, and at Mahopac Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Mahopac also hosts Somers Monday at 5:45 p.m.