Yorktown Cruises Past Greeley

Mackenzie Merson goes up strong. Credits: Rob DiAntonio

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y.— Yorktown’s girls basketball squad enjoyed a dominant effort in beating host Horace Greeley 56-36 on Feb. 2.

“Our team was able to play really great defense and get open shots on offense,” Yorktown sophomore Kat Severino said.

Severino paced the Huskers with 24 points.

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“I was able to knock down shots and my teammates were also able to find me cutting to the basket,” Severino said.

Mackenzie Merson added 12 points, Alyssa Francese chipped in nine points and Emily Metz netted seven points for the Huskers.

“They played as well as they did tonight because all three of them were able to find gaps in the defense and attack,” Severino said. “Mackenzie also was able to get a lot of offensive rebounds.”

Yorktown beat host Rye Neck 60-22 on Jan. 30. Senior Anna Nuccio led a well-rounded Husker attack with eight points while Carli Mager and Miranda Walsh added seven points each with Caroline Keenaghan and Erin Gray chipping in six points apiece.

The Huskers (10-7) finished the week being nipped by visiting Fox Lane 64-59 on Feb. 3.

Lakeland fell at sister school Walter Panas 54-41 on Feb. 1,  led by senior captain Colleen Walsh’s 10 points.

“Offensively, we were struggling tonight,” Walsh said. “We couldn’t get anything to fall for us and Panas played hard. The first few minutes of the game were rough but after that we settled down. We dug ourselves a hole in the first half that we couldn’t get out of.”

Lakeland won 51-49 against visiting Mount Vernon on Jan. 30.

“We just didn’t know what to expect going into the game. They’re not a team we play often so we were excited for a change of pace from the teams we are used to playing year after year,” Walsh said. “We were all relaxed and looking to work hard. We played great defense against Mount Vernon too.”

The Hornets scored the winning basket when Jess Ascencao (8 points) put Lakeland up by two on a layup with just five seconds left in the game, almost two weeks after she beat Peekskill on a buzzer-beater.

“Jess did it again. She is just always so relaxed and works hard,” Walsh said. “She has a great work ethic and drive to win so I think that also allows her to be so clutch, along with her talent. I had the ball with a few seconds left but she had a much better shot than I did and I had complete confidence in her.”

Val Potenza (13 points), Walsh (11 points and 8 rebounds) and Alexa Cole (9 points) all played well for Lakeland (12-6).

Walsh led Lakeland with 24 points in the Hornets’ 68-64 loss to the Rye Country Day School on Feb. 4 in makeup of the championship game of the 24th Annual Rye Rotary Holiday Classic.

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