POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The Mahopac girls basketball team posted a 63-46 league victory last Friday (Jan. 17) at John Jay (East Fishkill), but the bigger news was the Indians’ near-upset on Wednesday, Jan. 15, barely falling to powerhouse Our Lady of Lourdes, 67-65.

The Warriors are 11-3, considered one of the best teams in the section, and are ranked No. 11 in the state in the most recent New York State Sportswriters Association Class AA poll.

Mahopac (8-4, 3-2) trailed by 13 in the first quarter, but pulled to within five (38-33) at halftime.

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The Indians out-scored the Warriors, 22-12, in the third quarter, and led by as many as eight at one point. But Lourdes came back with a 17–8 fourth quarter to hold off Mahopac.

“That was a tough loss, but we played really well,” said Indians coach Chuck Scozzafava. “Lourdes is one of the better teams in the state in AA, and it was back-and-forth. We went up in the third, but in the fourth we missed some good shots.”

Junior forward Caitlin O’Boyle led the Indians with 15 points and 14 rebounds, Mia Klammer added 15 points and grabbed 3 steals, and Melanie DeMeo came through with 15 points.

Ava Learn led the Warriors with 31 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter.

“All of our girls really stepped up in this game,” Scozzafava said. “That tells me we have the ability to play at that level. It’s tough to play against teams like that, that shows a lot of growth, we need to use it as a stepping stone. A big positive. And we had opportunities to win. In the end we played a great game.”

In the win over John Jay, DeMeo had 15 points, Klammer added 14 points and 3 steals, and O’Boyle had 14 points and 11 rebounds.

“Lauren Beberman had a good game for us on offense and defense, and had 10 points,” Scozzafava said. “Melanie and Mia gave us a great defensive spark, Caitlyn is always good with rebounding, and we played good basketball. The girls looked for each other. Our offense is starting to gel, and we were hitting shots.”

The Indians defeated host Yorktown, 65-40, on Tuesday and are scheduled to host New Rochelle at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27.