Lakeland Girls Basketball Team Wins in Double OT at Suffern

Lakeland’s Jessica Ascencao looks to score in the paint against host Somers. Credits: Rob DiAntonio
Hornet Alexa Cole drives to the basket. Credits: Rob DiAntonio

SHRUB OAK, N.Y.-Lakeland’s girls basketball squad won a thriller 53-49 in double overtime at Suffern on Feb. 6.

“We were due for a win and we know we need to win as many games as possible before sectionals start so we all really pushed ourselves,” Lakeland junior Alexa Cole said.

Cole led the Hornets offensively with 20 points and was followed by Kelsey Walsh (10 points), Kayla Bugeya (6 points) and Jessica Ascencao (6 points) in the scoring department.

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“Being that it’s coming down to the last few games for our seniors Kelsey, Jess and Kayla, they were able to use that as incentive to produce on the court and the same went for me,” Cole said.

Stepping up on the other side of the court was Amanda Cole, who did a great job defending against the Mounties.

“Defensively, Amanda really stepped up and caused a lot of turnovers and was able to stop the ball as they pushed it down the court,” Alexa Cole said.

Lakeland played another thriller on the road Feb. 8, losing in overtime, 59-54 at defending Section 1 Class A champion Somers on Feb. 8.

The Hornets led almost from wire-to-wire in regulation before Somers tied the game at 48-48 with 35.6 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Cole (27 points), Walsh (10 points) and Ascencao (10 points) led the Hornets in scoring.

The Hornets (8-12) finished the week with a 56-40 loss against visiting Brewster on Feb. 9, with Cole registering a team-high 26 points.

Yorktown finished its regular season in fine fashion when it defeated visiting Port Chester 65-21 on Feb. 8 on its senior night.

The game was the final regular-season home contest for two Husker seniors, captains Mackenzie Merson and Emily Metz.

“It meant a lot to Emily and me to win on our senior night,” Merson said. “We both played with a lot of passion knowing that this could possibly be our last home basketball game of our high-school careers, and it was great to leave it off with a great memory and a strong win before playoffs begin.”

Junior captain Kat Severino played a strong game for the Huskers, tallying a team-high 19 points.

Severino led a well-balanced offensive attack, which also included contributions from Haley Caricati (12 points), Ashley Zeolla (10 points) and Merson (6 points).

“Offensively we were able to move around the ball quickly, finding several open gaps to give the open player the ball,” Merson said. “Also, Kat was able to find several open shots outside the 3-point line.”

In addition to a fine offensive output, Yorktown (10-10) came out with the win because of an outstanding defensive effort.

“Defensively our team was able to create a lot of forced turnovers, and convert those into points down on the other end,” Merson said. “We were also able to rebound well as a team.”

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