YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— Yorktown’s girls basketball squad advanced to the championship game of the 20th Annual George Budries Basketball Tournament by beating visiting Nanuet 59-33 on Jan. 14 in the opening round of the tourney.
“We were able to be so dominant as a team because we came out aggressive and hungry for a win,” Yorktown senior Alyssa Francese said. “We played smart on defense and stuck to our game plan and it paid off for us.”
Kathryn Severino (21 points) and Francese (18 points) led the Huskers to the win.
“Me and Kat have been playing really well together all season so far,” Francese said. “We work well together and know how to find one another to get to the basket. Today we were able to finish getting to the basket and it worked for us.”
Yorktown senior co-captain Anna Nuccio also played well for the Huskers, chipping in seven points.
Yorktown blew out visiting Horace Greeley 61-39 on Jan. 12.
“We gave a great effort—especially on the boards—which gave us a lot of second chances that we took advantage of,” Yorktown senior co-captain Emily Nigro said. “We played strong across the board, defensively and offensively.”
Severino tallied a team-high 16 points with Nigro and Francese each adding 12 in the victory.
“We really moved the ball around well tonight which gave Kat and myself a lot of open looks,” Nigro said. “Alyssa was her usual self, relentlessly attacking the basket and finding those open lanes.”
Defensively, Emily Metz played a solid game for the Huskers.
“Emily Metz brought the type of energy that we needed defensively for this game,” Nigro said. “She had several steals and shut down her side of the court.”
Yorktown lost to Hendrick Hudson 48-39 on Jan. 9. The host Huskers had to dig themselves out of a hole that grew to as many as 19 points in the third quarter.
The Huskers came back with a vengeance, cutting the Sailors’ lead to six in the final three minutes and had earned several chances to get it even closer but a tough Sailor squad was able to hold them off.
“We were able to get back into the game because we started playing much better defense and stopped turning the ball over,” Severino said.
Severino (13 points) and Francese (11 points) paced the Huskers against Hen Hud.
“Our teammates were able to find us for open opportunities to score and we got more shots at the basket because our team had fewer turnovers,” Severino said.
On the other side of the court, Mackenzie Merson played well for Yorktown (6-4).
“Mackenzie Merson played well defensively because she rebounded really well,” Severino said.
Lakeland (7-3) lost its lone game of the week at Brewster 68-35 on Jan. 11 with Kelsey Walsh and Jess Ascencao leading the Hornets with eight points each.