YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown freshman Olivia Lucas scored 10 points in her varsity debut, 9 in the third quarter on three treys, in the Huskers’ 51-32 triumph against the Hornets on Saturday, Feb. 8.
“The reason we brought her up was for exactly what she did—just to shoot,” Yorktown coach Brian Mundy said of Lucas. “We were lacking some outside shooting so far this season, and we really needed to make a move, make an adjustment, just to open up our game a little bit, because teams were starting to adjust on our inside game. So we were hoping maybe this will open it up enough for us to get some outside looks.”
Lucas (4 steals, 3 rebounds, 4 deflections) said that her teammates were very helpful in setting her up for those outside looks.
“My team was really focused on just getting everyone open and having the best shots, and have them take it,” Lucas said. “It was just my luck that I had the best, open shot, and I happen to put them in.”
Yorktown (9-10) led 15-4 at the end of the first quarter.
“We knew what we needed to do and we executed our plays very well,” said Yorktown’s Ashley Zeolla, who scored a game-high 15 points. “We cut to the basket, we got open looks, especially for our guards, our shooters, and we got open looks to the basket.”
Trailing 19-4 early in the second quarter, Lakeland sharpshooter Hannah Devane scored 6 of her team-high 12 points, to cut the Huskers’ lead to 19-10.
“Hannah is a tough kid,” said Lakeland coach Miranda Mangan. “She brings a lot of energy and intensity, every time she steps on the court.”
Megan Jennings, Nicole Haughney and Nancy Pagliaroli came off the bench to give the Hornets a spark in that stretch as well, Mangan said.
Yorktown answered back by scoring the last 7 points of the opening half, all from Zeolla, to go up 26-10 at halftime.
“We got a lot of open looks to myself, to drive to the basket, and our rebounds were there from the other forwards,” said Zeolla, who added 7 rebounds and 3 steals.
The shooting prowess of Lucas allowed the Huskers to add to their lead by outscoring Lakeland, 16-11, in the third quarter.
Lakeland’s Sarah Pinkowsky stole the show in the fourth quarter, where she scored all 9 of her points.
“I am happy for Sarah, she is the best kid,” Mangan said. “She does everything we always ask of her. She is one of our best shooters, so I was happy she got a couple of opportunities at the end of the game, to step up, and show that.”
Yorktown’s Jesse Barer (9 points, 7 rebounds, 5 deflections, 4 assists), Artesa Gashi (7 points), Melissa Severino (5 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists), Lindsay Boyle (3 points), and Emily Ward (2 points, 4 steals), and Lakeland’s Ava Pagliaro (3 points), Angelina Ameneiros (first 2 career-varsity points), Haughney (2 points), Tyler Hormazabal (2 points), Amanda Cole (1 point), and Eddie Vivanco (1 point), all earned their way into the box score.
Lakeland (5-14) turned the tables two days later, winning at Yorktown on the Huskers’ Senior Night, 35-30.
“It was a huge win for us,” said Lakeland senior captain Sofia Portante. “We knew we needed to win and it felt great to do it on their senior night, since I am also a senior. We knew Yorktown was a great team and we needed to come out strong in order to beat them.”
The Hornets were led by Portante (12 points), Hormazabal (9 points), and Bri Monte (4 blocks).
“We played great team defense,” Portante said. “We were all able to be in help and crash the inside when the ball was in. Bri Monte played amazing defense and held one of their best players to one point. We had great communication and were tough and that is why we got the win.”
Ward (7 points), Boyle (6 points), Lucas (6 points), and Severino (6 points) led Yorktown.
Also, on Feb. 4, Yorktown fell to visiting Walter Panas, 53-36, led by Zeolla (13 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals), Severino (7 points) and Barer (13 rebounds), while host Lakeland lost to John Jay-Cross River 56-45, paced by Hormazabal (15 points).
On Feb. 6, visiting Brewster nipped Lakeland 52-51, as Hormazabal (22 points) and Devane (17 points) did the honors, with host Somers winning 47-33 against Yorktown, which was led by Barer (8 points), Zeolla (8 points) and Gashi (7 points).