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North Salem Ready to Make a Run in Sectionals

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Amira Flayhan focuses at the foul line.
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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.— North Salem’s girls basketball team relished the experience of competing at the Westchester County Center last season and the Tigers are looking to make a return trip this year.

Only this time, coach Eric Buzzetto has set a goal of winning a game at the County Center.

North Salem will host a Class C sectional quarterfinal for an opportunity to advance to the County Center on Thursday, Feb. 23.

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“We are playing very good basketball now,” Buzzetto said. “We are really coming together as a team at the right time. After [the quarterfinals] our goal is not just to make it to the County Center, but to win a game there this year. I feel that this year’s team can get the job done.”

North Salem defeated visiting Pawling 41-35 on Feb. 6 on the Tigers’ senior night. Grace Curran (12 points) and Abby Mascia (nine points) paced the team.

“We have been working on a new defense and it really helped us out,” Buzzetto said. “We got out to a big lead at 33-7, but we let them back into the game in the second half when we couldn’t score.  I give Pawling a lot of credit for fighting back and getting to within four points with two minutes to go.”

The Tigers honored their lone senior Maggie Boardman before the game.

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