MAHOPAC, N.Y.-The Mahopac High girls basketball team beat Suffern, 55–42, in a Class AA outbracket round game last Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Mahopac, but the Indians were eliminated in the first round on Saturday, falling to fifth-seeded Roy C. Ketcham, 56–49.
At Ketcham, No. 12 Mahopac kept it close, trailing 26–23 at halftime, and stayed within striking distance into the fourth quarter.
“The big moment was in the fourth, with about four minutes (left)—we had it down to four points,“ Mahopac coach Chuck Scozzafava said. “But then (Katie) Wall hit three free throws to push it to seven, and we could never close the gap.”
Claire Felix led Mahopac—which closed the season at 10-12—with 18 points. Siobhan Hynes added 12 points while Zina McInerney had 10.
Wall led Ketcham with 25 points.
“That was a tough loss, but we played well,“ the coach said. “They have some very good outside shooters. For us, Felix, McInerney, Hynes—they all played well. All the kids worked hard.”
The prior Wednesday against No. 21 Suffern (6-15), Mahopac raced out to a 17-7 lead after one quarter, and carried a 26-17 advantage into the break.
But the Indians took their foot off the gas in the second half, and let the Mounties hang around.
“That was a real character game,“ Scozzafava said. “We let them back in, and then had to start shutting them down defensively and going to the boards. The fourth quarter was a good quarter for us. Our core three girls all did a nice job and spread the scoring around.”
Felix led the Indians with 23 points, Hynes added 14 and McInerney had 10.
Scozzafava said that in spite of the final record, he believes the team did good things with some young players this winter. The Indians also experienced a season-ending injury to junior guard Katie McDonough early on.
“For the amount of new kids we had on the roster, I think we had a really good year,” he said. “The girls performed well. We had some good wins, and some tough losses. But the girls came together as a team and played well.”