MAHOPAC, N.Y. – The Mahopac girls basketball team is trying to find their real potential. Just like last season, it has been an inconsistent season for this year’s Lady Indians. With a 10-8 overall record, Mahopac is trying to get things going down the stretch and head coach Chuck Scozzafava thinks that the light is coming on for his girls.
“Things are starting to come around. The girls are starting to understand what we’re doing,” insisted Scozzafava. “We’re starting to move the ball better — we’re playing harder.”
The girls just won two straight, playing exceptional against Roy C. Ketcham and Pine Plains. ‘Pac won the two games by a combined 40 points and got some revenge over conference foe Ketcham, who they lost to late last month. Scozzafava sees other facets of his team’s game improving, reflected in these two sweet victories for the Indians.
The stat sheets prove the Indians’ progression of playing more competitively. In Mahopac’s 57-38 thumping over Ketcham, Amanda Geyer netted 17 points, and Carly Pease scored 14 points. Geyer had another 17 points in the routing of Pine Plains at home, as center Amanda McCarney added 10 points in the 56-35 win.
“We’re getting better inside play,” Scozzafava said. “We’re rebounding better than we were a couple weeks ago, which are things that we focused on the last couple of weeks. We played a really good half-court defense that game (against Ketcham) which is something that we struggled with in the beginning of the year, and we pressed well. That was another game where we came out and played hard through the whole game.”
Mahopac failed to keep their miniature winning-streak going lost to the perennial powerhouse of Our Lady of Lourdes, 48-38 on Feb. 6. In the first matchup between the two this season, Mahopac was hammered 73-48 in Poughkeepsie.
“It was a lot of positives, unfortunately like I said, if you’re a team that shoots from the outside and you’re not making them, you’re gonna struggle,” Scozzafava said. “We also left about four or five putbacks we didn’t put in. It hurt us.”
The Indians performed solid defensively, but were ice cold shooting from the floor. Pease managed 10 points. Geyer had nine, all of which came in the first half. McCarney scored seven on Saturday afternoon at the high school.
Mahopac defeated rival Carmel 59-50 on Feb. 7.
The Indians will enter the Section 1 Class AA playoffs this week after their final regular season contest on Feb. 10 at Arlington. Outbracket games begin on Feb. 11 and first round contests are slated for Feb. 13.