North Salem Ready to Make a Run in Sectionals

Amira Flayhan focuses at the foul line.

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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