BARDONIA, N.Y. – The No. 5 Mahopac High School girls basketball team hung with the No. 4 Falcons of Albertus Magnus for most of the first half of last Friday’s Section 1 Class AA playoff quarterfinal. But a third-quarter surge by the host, for which Mahopac had no answer, resulted in Magnus taking rolling to a 65-45 decision.
Mia Klammer and Lauren Beberman each had 14 points to lead Mahopac, which closes a solid winter season at 15-7.
Magnus (20-4) advances to the semifinals, where the Falcons will face No. 1 Ursuline (22-0) on Thursday, March 5, at the Westchester County Center.
Mahopac looked uncomfortable from the start, unable to find their rhythm. The Falcons quickly took advantage, jumping to a 22-12 lead with 4:20 left in the half.
The Indians managed to chisel the deficit to six (27-21) by halftime.
But for Mahopac, things didn’t get better in the third.
Magnus came out of the locker room smelling the kill and rolled off a quick 10-0 run in the first 2:26 to make it a 16-point game.
By the end of the period, it was over. Magnus had outscored Mahopac 20-7, and was sitting on a 47-28 lead.
“We just couldn’t get shots to go down in the third quarter,” Indians coach Chuck Scozzafava said. “We missed layups, we just weren’t doing what we normally do. We weren’t passing, cutting, moving the ball well. We weren’t making smart decisions, and we did not finish at the basket.”
The silver lining? Mahopac only loses two seniors and returns its entire starting lineup.
“We’re a young team,” Scozzafava said. “We have three sophomores who start, so it was a learning experience, and I’m proud that they didn’t stop fighting. For a young team, we had a good year, we learned a lot.”
The coach complimented Klammer’s hustle and Caitlyn O’Boyle’s work on the glass.
“Mia played her heart out,” the coach said. “Hustling all over, getting steals, and Lauren off the bench did a great job for us. O’Boyle also did a nice job on the board. She had a tough day scoring, but she continued to rebound and get us going.”