NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – The Mahopac girls basketball team picked up another big win on Monday (Jan. 27), starting strong against New Rochelle and keeping the energy level on high for the entire game en route to a 64–51 home victory.
New Ro came into the game 11-2, and ranked No. 3 in the section in AA.
The Indians (10-4) came out with great energy from the start, went up 18-11 after one and led 35-29 at halftime.
Mahopac held a three-point lead going into the fourth quarter, and never relinquished control.
“That was a really good win, hopefully a stepping-stone win,“ said Indians coach Chuck Scozzafava. “It was a close game going into the fourth, and we had a really good fourth quarter.”
Freshman Lauren Lieberman led the Indians with 15 points, junior Caitlyn O’Boyle was a presence inside and finished with 14 points, and sophomore point guard Melanie DeMeo gave the Indians 13 points and a ton of energy.
O’Boyle gave the Huguenots problems in the paint throughout the game, drawing double teams, and the Indians’ pestering defense forced numerous costly turnovers, keeping New Rochelle out of its rhythm.
“O’Boyle made a couple of really nice cuts, she really gave them problems,“ Scozzafava said. “And the other girls found her, we played really good team basketball. Melanie has been solid, she runs the show and she’s been great. She’s really stepped up this year, and she can shoot and play defense. Lauren played a great game - that was a breakout game for her, she was really good on the boards, and on defense. And Mia Klammer (eight points) gives us so much energy, and she had a bunch of steals. She did a great job.”
The coach liked his team’s defensive posture, and pressure.
“Defensively, we went full-court,” he said. “Got some easy baskets, then we went full-court man… They didn’t know what was coming at them after a while.”
The Indians were set to host Arlington at 6 p.m. Friday (Jan. 31) and visit Harrison on Saturday (Feb. 1).
Scozzafava continues to see his team grow with six games left in the regular season.
Earlier in the week, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, the Indians traveled to Yorktown and beat the Huskers, 65-40.
“I think we’re at a good point right now,“ he said. “We’re continuing to get better, we’re making better choices, taking care of the ball. And as a defensive unit we’re continuing to come together. You’ve got a know people have your back, and that’s what the girls are learning.“