YORKTOWN, N.Y.-Yorktown came up with a big 50-39 triumph against visiting Mount Vernon in the consolation game of the 21st Annual George Budries Yorktown Boys and Girls Memorial Basketball Tournament on Jan. 15.
Leading the Huskers to victory was all-tournament selection Kat Severino, who had a dominant performance with a team-high 28 points.
“My team reversed the ball well and I was able to hit shots from the perimeter,” Severino said. “Also, I got to the free-throw line where I was able to convert.”
Ashley Zeolla (10 points), Mackenzie Merson (7 points) and Jesse Barer (7 points) also played well offensively.
“They were able to attack the basket and also get to the line,” Severino said. “Also, our team passed the ball around, getting open looks for each other.”
Defensively, Merson excelled, Severino said. “I think Mackenzie stood out on defense because she boxed out a tall and strong team all game long and she was able to limit their offensive rebounds, especially in the fourth quarter,” she said.
Yorktown (5-8) finished the week with a 51-40 triumph at Mahopac Jan. 20, led by Severino (23 points), Merson (15 points), Emily Metz (7 points) and Barer (6 points).
Lakeland’s girls basketball squad hosted Walter Panas Jan. 19, engaging its sister school in a highly competitive contest before losing 47-44.
“Since we all know each other, the games are always really intense and I think the intensity just spread, and being aggressive under the boards was the result for me,” said Jess Ascencao, who pulled down 16 rebounds.
Kelsey Walsh and Sarah Carroll both led Lakeland in scoring with 10 points each while Ascencao contributed nine points.
“Jess was successful in scoring because she was able to get second and third shots off offensive rebounds,” Walsh said. “For me, I was able to drive to the basket and get in the gaps. Sarah had a really good game offensively and was able to set herself up for shots, which helped us a lot down the stretch.”
Defensively, Walsh said, Ascencao and Claire McKenna stood out for Lakeland. “Jess is a great rebounder and is tough, which is really important because we don’t have a lot of height on our team,” Walsh said. “Claire also does a great job with pressuring the ball and is also really aggressive.”
The difference in the game came down to all the little things because it was so close, Ascencao said. “Any of the missed foul shots or miscommunications on defense hurt us in the end,” she said.
The Hornets (6-6) will look for revenge against Panas when they travel to Cortlandt Manor at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the annual Giglio Games, an all-day affair between the two schools, which includes boys and girls varsity, junior varsity and freshmen games.
“The Giglio Games are so competitive as it is, but now it’s a rematch game and we are going to want the win even more,” Ascencao said. “We are looking forward to an opportunity to beat them on their home court, too.”
What makes the Giglio matchup unique is that most of the players went to middle school together.
“It’s a fun event for both schools and I think our tough loss to Panas last night only motivates us more to win at the Giglio Games,” Walsh said.