MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Mahopac High School girls basketball team had its moments last week, but the Indians dropped their first two games, falling to Yorktown last Tuesday (Nov. 27) and Monroe-Woodbury on Thursday (Nov. 29), with both games being played at Mahopac High School.
In Thursday’s 45-33 loss to Monroe-Woodbury, the Indians struggled to score in the second quarter and the Crusaders went on a 17-2 run, leaving the Indians in a 28–10 hole at halftime.
And although the Indians outscored MW, 23–17, in the second half, it wasn’t enough.
Mia Klammer led Mahopac with 13 points and Caitlyn O’Boyle added 10. MW was led by Jamie Waldron’s 15-point output.
“I was really pleased with our effort, down 18 at the half, and then outplaying them in the second half,” Mahopac coach Chuck Scozzafava said. “It was a real character-builder. It would’ve been nice to get a win, but we made some nice strides as a team. All of our players stepped up. Down 18, we could’ve mailed it in, but it was a nice comeback.
“Melanie (DeMeo) and Julia (Paolicelli) did a good job for us,” the coach added. “And Mia (Klammer) got into the starting rotation (for sister Katrina, out with an injury) and played really well for us.”
The prior Tuesday, the Indians dropped a 40-31 decision to Yorktown.
Klammer led the Indians with 10 points, O’Boyle added 6, and Zina McInerney and Shannon Becker each had 5 points.
“We didn’t get out of the gate very well,” Scozzafava said. “We had a tough first quarter. I was proud of the effort, we just couldn’t hit shots. We played a little sloppy on defense and didn’t get out on shooters. But for our first game, the girls did a nice job.”
Mahopac was scheduled to play in the Walter Panas Tournament, with its first game set for Thursday, Dec. 6 at 4:30 p.m. vs. Beacon. Championship (3:30) and consolation (noon) games are set for Saturday, Dec. 8.
The Mahopac boys team is also set to play at the tournament, facing Lakeland in the first round Friday (Dec. 7) at 4:30 p.m. The boys consolation game is set for Saturday at 1:45, with the championship game set for 5:15 p.m.