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Mahopac Smothers Rival Carmel

Mahopac coach Chuck Scozzafava and the Indians are looking to have a strong second half of the season.

CARMEL, N.Y.— Inching back to a 4-6 record after gaining back three key seniors from injury, Mahopac rode its rock solid man-to-man defense to a 41-26 victory at Carmel on Wednesday, Jan. 4.

The Indians led by just five at halftime, but turned on the jets to score 25 second-half points. Their defense never slacked in the huge road win over the Rams.

“The one thing we did well is we played a pretty good game defensively,” Mahopac coach Chuck Scozzafava said. “We did a good job of not letting them score in the first period. There was also a little more balance with the scoring.”

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Junior forward Claire Felix guided the Indians once again with 12 points, while junior shooting guard Zina McInerney scored nine points. Siobhan Hynes registered six points and senior forward Amanda McCarney had five.

In her returning game from a sprained ankle, senior point guard Amanda Geyer netted five points.

Friday’s home game against Ketcham wasn’t the same cohesive effort, as Mahopac fell 52-41 while losing every quarter by small margins. 

“We played each quarter very well,” Scozzafava said. “Our biggest problem has been turnovers. We turned it over about 13 times in the second half. It was just a matter of us not doing a good job on the boards. Defensively, we played pretty well.”

Felix led the way with 20 points and McInerney chipped in with 11. Hynes tacked on five points and McCarney had four.

“The thing that hurts is we are making unforced turnovers a lot of times,” Scozzafava said. “We are just making bad passes, bad decisions. We were getting our shots. Unfortunately, we are not putting them down. Part of the problem is not hitting shots from the outside to complement our points on the inside.”

Mahopac hosts league rival Arlington on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 4:30 p.m.

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