NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y.— Squaring off with host New Rochelle in a rematch of last season’s quarterfinal sectional matchup, the Mahopac girls basketball team took the Huguenots to the wire in a 44-39 defeat on Feb. 10.
“We needed to score more points and control [New Rochelle’s] forward a little better,” Mahopac coach Chuck Scozzafava said. “She was very big and strong. [New Rochelle] played well. Our effort and enthusiasm was good. We just came up short.”
Mahopac surprised the highly-ranked Huguenots, scoring the first eight points of the game.
Forward Siobhan Hynes starred on both ends of the floor, tallying eight of her 14 points during the fourth quarter.
“Next year Siobhan will be more of a scorer,” Scozzafava said. “She shoots the foul shot well and shoots from 12-feet well. She is our best rebounder and does a great job. She just needs to work on her inside game more.”
Senior forward Amanda McCarney contributed with eight points. Amanda Geyer and Claire Felix each scored five points. Samantha Colatruglio had three points.
Senior night did not go quite as planned for Mahopac, as it dropped an affair with Clarkstown North, 49-41, on Feb. 13.
“We never got over the hump,” Scozzafava said. “We weren’t moving the ball offensively and it wasn’t our best defensive effort. We never got any momentum and they beat us on the boards. They went through our press like we weren’t even there. It wasn’t one of our best efforts. We have a lot of work to do with our offense.”
Despite finding themselves down 24-17 at halftime, the Indians trimmed the deficit to five points by the start of the fourth quarter.
Sophomore Zina McInerney actually paced them with 13 points. Felix did her part by scoring 12 points. McCarney added eight points.
“It’s really special to end this season together because we started it together,” Geyer said. “It’s hard to end it but I’m just so happy that I got to share this experience with them. Honestly, they are my best friends.”
On Feb. 6, the Indians translated their solid play into a 43-25 road drubbing of Bronxville. After falling behind by two points at halftime, Mahopac turned up the heat to outscore the Broncos, 21-8, in the third quarter.
The Indians’ defense proceeded to suffocate them, only allowing two fourth-quarter points.
“We came out with a little more energy in the second half,” Scozzafava said. “We did a nice job on defense and the offense worked well. We did a better job of covering the middle of our press too. We kept pushing the ball on offense and just outplayed them.”
Geyer led the attack with 13 points. Felix played strong on the interior, racking up seven of her 11 points in the final quarter.
McInerney scored eight points. Colatruglio and Katie McDonough had three points apiece.
Outbracket sectional playoff games start on Feb. 16 and the opening round of sectionals two days later.
“We’re as confident as we are ever going to be,” Scozzafava said. “You’ve got to play your game and step up to the challenge. Any given day, someone can be beat. That’s why you’ve got to play the games.”
Mahopac (10-10) upset Arlington in the first round of playoffs last season before giving New Rochelle all it could handle.
“We want to go further this year,” Geyer said. “I think we can do it and our coaches do too. We’ve definitely worked more together as a team and have bonded more. That has allowed us to connect more on the court.”
Mahopac boys close out season
It was a tough campaign for the Mahopac boys basketball team as the Indians finished at 3-17 and came up short of qualifying for the Class AA sectionals.
The Indians dropped a 58-57 nail-biter to visiting Roy C. Ketcham in their season finale on Feb. 11. Andrew Ryan paced the Indians with 24 points.
Ryan had another big contest with a game-high 35 points in an 84-68 loss to visiting Putnam Valley on Feb. 8.