Somers Cruises Past Panas, Brewster

Hannah Angelini totaled 47 points in two league wins last week.

BREWSTER, N.Y.— Hannah Angelini may only be a sophomore, but she’s quickly becoming a Section 1 star on the girls basketball hardwood.

Angelini combined for 47 points in league wins over Brewster and Walter Panas last week. The Tuskers improved to 5-0 in the league and 11-5 overall.

The super sophomore tallied a game-high 31 points in a 68-56 win over host Brewster on Jan. 18.

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A humble Angelini gave all the credit to coach Marc Hattem and her teammates for her standout performance.

“They know where I’m comfortable and they know how to get me the ball in places I can score,” Angelini said. “Teams have to focus on every one of us because anyone can have the hot hand on any given night and that’s something that makes this team so special. We are all unselfish and make the extra pass which is why we are successful offensively. Coach stresses the importance of sharing the ball and playing as a team. He always says, ‘Do whatever it takes to get that W.’ Everyone on the team will do that whether it means scoring zero points or 30 points. Personal stats mean nothing to us—we just care about the team’s record.”

Junior Jackie Penzo added 14 points in the win.

“We knew going into the Brewster game that it was going to be a hard-fought battle,” Angelini said. “We knew we needed to play our best in order to come out on top and that’s just what we did.”

In a standout defensive effort, the Tuskers topped host Walter Panas 46-29 on Jan. 20.

“Coach had a great defensive plan going into the game and we executed it well,” Angelini said. “We closed in on their bigs and shooter because that’s where they hurt us most the first time we played them. We knew they were going to look to beat us in the paint so we focused on rebounding and doubling down on the posts. It was awesome because we were in a little bit of a defensive slump but we came out strong in this game and ended up holding them to nine second-half points. It shows our defensive effort is back to where it was before which is very exciting.”

Angelini led the way again with a team-high 16 points. The sophomore said that the Panthers came out in a zone defense, which they really took advantage of from the perimeter.

“We have so many great shooters on the team and we were able to spread the floor, swing the ball around and open up the perimeter,” she said. “It gave us great looks. Most importantly we were knocking down the open shots so Panas eventually went into a man. It’s great when teams play us in a zone or man because all five girls on the court are a threat in different ways. It becomes nearly impossible for teams to stop all five of us.”

Somers hosted Lakeland on Jan. 25 and travels to John Jay-Cross River for a 4:30 p.m. contest the next day in two more league games.

“League games are a double-edged sword,” Angelini noted. “They give us insight on our opponents’ personnel and tendencies but our opponent also has that on us because we play each team twice.”

Kennedy tops Our Lady of Mercy, Moore Catholic

Kennedy Catholic’s girls basketball team earned wins over Moore Catholic and Our Lady of Mercy last week.

The Gaels pulled off a thrilling 67-58 overtime win over Moore Catholic on Jan. 19.

Vanessa Duarte (20 points), Alexis Suarez (18 points, 10 steals, 8 rebounds) and Theresa Redendo (17 points) paced the Gaels.

On Jan. 21, the Gaels routed Our Lady of Mercy 96-41. Alexis Suarez (28 points, 8 assists, 8 rebounds), Vanessa Duarte (20 points, five threes), Theresa Redendo (16 points) and Lisa Cristiano (13 points, 8 rebounds) led Kennedy.

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