Mahopac Girls Use Group Effort to Beat John Jay-EF

Claire Felix and the Mahopac girls basketball team will look to close out the regular season on a high note. Credits: Deena Bell

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— It was a tale of two very different games for the Mahopac girls basketball team this week, as it turned heads with a 45-31 win over visiting John Jay-East Fishkill on Thursday, Jan. 26, but fell to Roy C. Ketcham on Jan. 30.

Firing on target right after the tip, Mahopac built a 15-3 advantage over John Jay-EF after one quarter. It would cruise from there on, playing tight defense and continuously sharing the ball.

“Our press was good,” Mahopac coach Chuck Scozzafava said. “We did a good job of clogging the lanes and did well on the boards. We got fast-break points off turnovers, which is what we really need to do.”

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Junior forward Claire Felix worked the paint for 13 points and senior forward Amanda McCarney tallied eight points. Senior guard Amanda Geyer and junior Siobhan Hynes each had six points on a day where eight of nine girls on the team scored.

Sophomore guard Zina McInerney scored five points and senior forward Allison Reilly added four. Samantha Colatruglio scored a basket and Natalie Scanlon registered one point. 

“That was a good game for us,” Scozzafava said. “We did a much better job offensively and played good defense. Claire did a nice job. It was a balanced, well played game.”

Monday’s road league contest went much bumpier, since the Indians committed over 25 turnovers in a 54-27 defeat to host Roy C. Ketcham.

“We would break their press but never really get into a flow offensively,” Scozzafava said. “We hit one outside shot the whole game. It was not a lack of effort, but they were fast-breaking and handled us.”

Despite lacking rhythm offensively, Mahopac only trailed by the score of 22-12 at halftime. The defense collapsed to allow 27 third-quarter points in the third loss to league champion Ketcham this season.

“We had no answers,” Scozzafava said. “We didn’t play very good defense or rebound well. We also did not attack their press the way we should have. We couldn’t get any intensity going. Basically we got outplayed in every facet of the game.”

Felix and McCarney once again steadied the Indians with 10 points apiece. As a team, they only reached the foul line 12 times but managed to sink 11 attempts.

Mahopac (8-7) played another away game versus rival Arlington on Feb. 1 and will prepare to host the Clarkstown South Vikings the next day at 4:30 p.m.  

Boys hoops drops two games

Mahopac’s boys basketball team endured a pair of losses to drop its record to 3-13.

The Indians led rival Carmel for most of the game, but fell 49-45 on Jan. 30 at Carmel High School.

Mahopac was up 36-31 after three quarters and led 22-16 at halftime.

Ryan Dugan led the Indians with 10 points.

The Indians lost to host John Jay-East Fishkill 63-42 on Jan. 26. Tim Cegielski had eight points.

Mahopac hosted Arlington on Feb. 1 and takes on visiting Somers at 1 p.m. on Feb. 4.

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