MAHOPAC, N.Y. – Three members of the Mahopac High School girls basketball team earned post-season honors, capping a winter that saw the Indians go 15–7 and reach the playoff quarterfinals.
Mahopac, the No. 5 seed in the Class AA playoff tournament, beat Roy C. Ketcham in the first round before falling to No. 4 Albertus Magnus in the quarters.
“We were a young team, and the girls worked hard,” said Indians coach Chuck Scozzafava. “We had some really nice wins.”
Ironically, the coach felt his team played their best game in a loss.
“I think our best win of the season was beating Our Lady of Lourdes at their place,” Scozzafava said. “But our best game of the year overall, I think was in a loss to Our Lady of Lourdes—the first time we played them.”
Junior center and team captain Caitlyn O’Boyle, an inside presence and third-year varsity player, earned All-Section and All-League honors for the first time. O’Boyle averaged 11 points and 12 rebounds per game. Sophomore standout point guard and second-year varsity player Melanie DeMeo earned All-Conference and All-League honors. DeMeo averaged 10 points and 4 rebounds per game. And junior small forward and team captain Mia Klammer earned her second All-League nod. A second-year varsity player, Klammer was a sparkplug who averaged 10 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals per game.
The team’s third captain was junior Shannon Becker, who was injured for part of the season, but helped give the Indians a more intimidating front line when she played.
“All of our captains did a great job,” Scozzafava said. “Mia would always talk to the younger girls and did many things for us. Caitlyn was quiet, but she got fierce and went after rebounds, and the other girls followed. Shannon and Caitlyn really got after the rebounding. All three captains did a good job for us.
“And Melanie really took a big step forward,” the coach added. “She’s still young, and she did a great job in all of our games. She always plays good defense, and she doesn’t let a tough night scoring affect her.”
The coach also mentioned contributions from sophomores Julie DeBrocky and Julia Paolicelli, along with freshmen Lauren Beberman and Kristina Rush.
“Julie had a really nice year for us,” the coach said. “She has a quick release and got more aggressive. Julia came off the bench and became a starter after Shannon went down, and was our most improved player, really gave us good defense. Lauren also did a nice job off the bench, and really kept getting better. And Rush also came off the bench and gave us a spark. She can shoot outside and inside, and she can play defense, and she’s made improvements.”
The Indians will lose two seniors in April Heady and Olivia Conlin. Both players contributed, but neither was in the starting lineup, giving Mahopac an experienced group returning next season.
“You get about as excited as you can get (thinking about the possibilities), but we still have to face Our Lady of Lourdes, Ursuline, and other good teams,” Scozzafava said when asked about next season‘s potential. “It’s exciting because you want to see how good you can be. I’d really like to see them get a league championship. And whatever we can get after that—great. We’ll have good experience back, but we’ll still be young