Girls Basketball (0-1)

Rye 54, Somers 35
Thursday, Dec. 5

Between Rye’s press, length and size, it wasn’t an easy night at the office when Somers’ girls basketball team opened its season. The Tuskers were out of sync offensively in a 54-35 setback.

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“They were the better team today,” Somers coach Marc Hattem said of Rye. “At one point, we said let’s break press A and B, and score the basketball. Let’s stop running half-court stuff. But they were just so big and they beat us in every category. They turned us over, out-rebounded us and executed better. That’s on me.”

Somers didn’t register a field goal in the second quarter and fell behind 27-14 at halftime. They also committed 13 turnovers in the first half.

The Tuskers weren’t able to cut into the lead in the third quarter and trailed 42-27 after three quarters.

Somers’ star senior point guard Dani DiCintio was held to just four points.

“She was frustrated,” Hattem said. “We challenged her at halftime to do whatever you can to help your team win tonight. She defended better (in the second half). Dani’s going to need to accept that role. A lot of teams are going to do everything they can to shut her down and she needs to do other things.”

Ava Giudice, a freshman making her varsity debut, scored seven points. She took over at point guard in the second half in hopes of getting DiCintio some open looks.

“Ava was a huge bright spot,” Hattem said. “She’s got a really nice leadership ability to her and she’s poised. I thought she played a heck of a game.”

Amy Lasher and Emily Arena tallied six points apiece. Taylor Penzo (4 points) returned to action after tearing her ACL in last year’s section final.

Injury woes hampered Somers during the preseason where they had key players in and out of practice. They were at full strength for the opener, but Hattem admitted they “had no chemistry.”

“There was no flow,” he said. “It reminded me of last year against Ossining. We got blown out and it was a mess. But we’ll coach them up and they’ll get better.”

Boys Basketball (1-2)

Poughkeepsie 62, Somers 43
Tuesday, Dec. 3

In Somers’ season opener, defending Section 1 Class A champion Poughkeepsie pulled away in the second half to defeat the host Tuskers 62-43.

Somers trailed just 24-20 at halftime, but was outscored 21-12 in the third quarter to fall behind 45-32.

Drew Lasher and Bennett Leitner paced Somers with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Dylan Berliner added nine points.

Lourdes 64, Somers 53
Thursday, Dec. 5

In the first round of Eastchester’s holiday tournament, Somers fell to Our Lady of Lourdes, 64-53.

Joe Grippo totaled a team-high 18 points. Leitner added 15 points while Ben Germaine scored 11 points.

Somers 66, Hunter College 59
Saturday, Dec. 7

In the consolation game of Eastchester’s tournament, Somers picked up its first win of the season with a 66-59 victory over Hunter College. The Tuskers rallied from a 16-point halftime deficit (40-24).

Henry Gilroy (13 points), Lasher (12 points), Nate Townsend (10 points) and Berliner (9 points) led a balanced scoring effort.

Townsend was named to the all-tournament team.

Indoor Track and Field

Section 1 Kickoff Meet
Sunday, Dec. 8

Ashley Moon won the 55-meter dash and broke her own school record with a time of 7.32 seconds at the Section 1 Kickoff Meet at the Armory Track and Field Center.

“She is must-watch every time she steps on the track,” Somers girls coach John Vegliante said.

Teammate Sabrina Somoza placed sixth in the same event in 7.78.

Emily Heese was a double winner in the long jump (15-2 1/2) and pole vault (10-0).

“She qualified for states in the pole vault last year and we know that is her top event,” Vegliante said. “The big surprise was long jump. To come back after winning pole vault and win the long jump on tired legs was incredible.”

Jordan Han placed first in the  1,500-meter race walk (8:31.46). Avni Madhwesh was second (8:49.04).

“They are such a huge part of our team and work together all year,” Vegliante said. “To see them go 1-2 was the highlight of the meet for me.”

The 4x200-meter girls relay team placed third in 1:54.93. Somoza, Heese, Kayla Morgante and Ella Kittredge comprised the relay team. Nieve Mahood was fourth in the 1,000 meters (3:07.34).

“I thought it was a great start for the girls,” Vegliante said of the overall team effort. “I was not expecting so many top performances this early. It showed that we have a chance to do some special things this season.”

Brian Luciano was third in the weight throw (42-1) for Somers’ boys team.

Also performing well for the boys were Justin Wright (55-meter dash, seventh, 7.12), Cole Willman (1,000, sixth, 2:47.08), Nicola DeMarinis (1,600, seventh, 4:51.80), Colin Brooks (3,200, eighth, 10:18.99), Ethan Cukaj (long jump, sixth, 17-7 3/4) and Alexander Petersen (pole vault, sixth, 8-6).

Ice Hockey (2-3)

Scarsdale 10, BYSNS 0
Wednesday, Dec. 4

The BYSNS (Brewster/Yorktown/Somers/North Salem) were blanked by Scarsdale 10-0.

Matt Gergley recorded 20 saves and Hawken Hellebo registered four saves for the BYSNS.

John Jay (Cross River) 7, BYSNS 0
Friday, Dec. 6

The BYSNS fell to visiting John Jay, 7-0, at the Brewster Ice Arena, with Gergley registering 30 saves.

BYSNS 6, Rivertown 5
Saturday, Dec. 7

Frankie Vigiletti (1G, 2A), Sava Makarenko (2G), Carson Brunco (1G, 1A), Tommy Eberhardt (1G, 1A), Alex Helyukh (1G), Jonathan Graham (1A), Connor Brooks (1A), Brien Suchanek (1A) and Hellebo (30 saves) propelled the BYSNS to a 6-5 win versus Rivertown.

“We are relentless and on top of that we desperately needed a win,” Makarenko said. “The combination of those two made victory inevitable.”

Mike Sabini contributed to this report.