SUFFERN, N.Y. – The Mahopac High School girls basketball team opened their season last week with a bang, routing Suffern, 48-22, in a non-league meeting in Rockland County.

Mahopac held an 18-13 lead at halftime, but turned up the defense in the second half and outscored the Mounties, 30-9.

“We came out a bit rough,” said Mahopac coach Chuck Scozzafava. “Both teams played a little nervous, maybe because both teams were unable to practice the prior day due to the snow.

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“But in the second half we started to pick it up,” the coach added. “We played better defense, we got some steals, some fast breaks, and we started hitting shots from the outside. We played good defense in the second half.”

Kristina Rush led the Indians with 14 points, and Caitlyn O’Boyle added 12 points,

“All of the girls did a really good job,” Scozzafava said. “Rush hit some nice three’s, Caitlyn did a nice job on the boards, and Shannon Becker gave us some nice rebounding and defense. Lauren and Amanda Beberman (five points each) both gave us good minutes, and Julie DeBrocky and Melanie DeMeo also played well. Marissa McCarney played well inside, all of the new girls played well and contributed nicely.”

Mahopac was set to play in the Somers tournament Thursday (Dec. 12) and Saturday (Dec. 14), and the Indians will be in the Hendrick Hudson tournament next Tuesday (Dec. 17) and Wednesday (Dec. 18).