SOMERS, N.Y. – After starting the season on a four-game losing streak while dealing with numerous injuries, Somers’ girls basketball team has rattled off three straight wins to improve to 4-5.
“In truth, not to make excuses, but many of the girls that are in the rotation were hurt throughout the month of November,” said Somers senior guard Dani DiCintio. “The team wasn’t healthy until after Thanksgiving, which stalled us for a few weeks before we could get on track. I believe we started clicking during our trip to Amsterdam and we are now playing with the confidence that all winning teams need.”
The Tuskers held just a four-point lead at halftime but pulled away from league rival John Jay (Cross River) with a 63-47 road victory on Jan. 7.
The Roberts Wesleyan-bound DiCintio said the Tuskers were able to keep their composure and work together to secure the win.
“We did a good job of sharing the basketball,” she said. “Our defense remained consistent throughout the game and we were able to get big stops when we needed them.”
DiCintio scored a game-high 26 points behind six 3-pointers.
“My teammates did a good job of getting me the ball in transition, which allowed me to create before their defense could set up,” DiCintio said of her offensive success. “In addition, my teammates got me the ball in open spots when we ran our half-court offense.”
Leading 29-25 at halftime, Somers outscored John Jay 16-10 in the third quarter to head into the final quarter with a 45-35 advantage.
Jordan May and Amy Lasher added 11 points apiece for Somers. Taylor Penzo tallied 8 points.
Somers 60, Brewster 53
Thursday, Jan. 9
It was a tight contest throughout, but Somers hit its free throws down the stretch to grind out a 60-53 win over visiting Brewster in another league contest. The Tuskers went 9 for 12 from the foul line in the fourth quarter.
Somers led 28-27 at halftime and 39-37 after three quarters.
The Tuskers received balanced scoring with Pooja Rao (17 points, 5 3-pointers), DiCintio (13) and May (12) all in double figures. Penzo (6 points), Ava Giudice (5) and Lasher (4) also contributed in the scoring column.
“Pooja Rao sparked our offense,” DiCintio said. “Our freshman, Ava Giudice, did a great job in the last few minutes of the game, creating turnovers while capitalizing offensively for our team.”
Somers returns to the court when it hosts Walter Panas at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17.