MAHOPAC, N.Y.-Following wins over Clarkstown South and Mount Vernon, Mahopac found itself matched up with the defending Section 1 Class A champions in the opening round of Somers’ tournament.

The Tuskers pressured the Indians from start to finish, forcing them into numerous turnovers en route to a 50-30 win on Dec. 16.

Mahopac was without injured guard Katie McDonough and it was evident as it struggled to break Somers’ press.

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“Losing any teammate to an injury is always sad,” Mahopac senior forward Claire Felix said. “But Katie was a huge part of our team, especially since we were already low on guards, so we are really trying to fill her shoes. Some of the younger guards have little experience on varsity so it was hard for them going up against Somers’ pressure, but they are learning in every game and are becoming more confident handling the ball.”

The Tuskers jumped all over the Indians early on. Hannah Angelini and Liv Lipski nailed back-to-back 3-pointers to get Somers out to an 18-2 lead.

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