NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-North Salem hurdled its way to the Class C section semifinals before falling to Alexander Hamilton last year at the Westchester County Center.

With only graduating former captain Maggie Boardman gone, the Tigers are hungry for another shot in the big dance but will have to forge through stiffer foes now playing in Class B.

“(Class) B is tough,” North Salem coach Eric Buzzetto said. “Step one for any team is to qualify for sectionals and then to possibly get a home game. If we can play in our own gym, we can play with anyone.”

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The game plan to succeed against larger teams in the section is for North Salem to rush the net and use the fast break to its advantage in an all-guard offense.

“Our goal is to push the pace and use our speed,” Buzzetto said. “We do fast-break drills every day and we want to take as many shots as we can to put the odds in our favor.”

North Salem has the correct roster to do so, since returning junior captain Grace Curran is at point guard and senior captain Alina DiMella complements her at shooting guard.

“We’ve been stepping up our game in practice,” DiMella said. “The drills are faster and more intense. We’re going to be the best we can be and we have a really young team. We’re trying to be quicker and in better shape than the other teams.”

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