BREWSTER, N.Y. – Melissa Severino’s three-point, buzzer-beater, from the left wing, gave Yorktown a thrilling 47-44 triumph, against host Brewster, on Jan. 31, enabling it to sweep the season series.
“We got the ball with about 15 seconds less and passed the ball around,” Severino said. “Then, Artesa Gashi made a quick pass to me with a few seconds left. As soon as I caught ball, I knew I had to get the shot off as soon as possible. As soon as I let go of the ball, I felt it going in, which felt amazing. After missing a buzzer beater in the Somers’ game, and losing two games in overtime recently, it was a relief. To be able to contribute like that felt great.”
The heroics of Severino (14 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block), didn’t surprise Yorktown coach Brian Mundy.
“Melissa is one of the purest shooters on the team,” Mundy said. “She moved well without the ball and went to space real well. She shoots best when she doesn’t think about it and just lets it fly. The game-winning shot looked good from the second it left her hand. I’m so proud of her. That’s a moment she will never forget.”
The win was Yorktown’s second League II-C win in a row, after overtime home losses, to Somers and Harrison.
“Those wins were huge for the morale of this team and important for our momentum going into the last stretch of the season,” Yorktown’s Jesse Barer said.
Brewster led 9-0 before Yorktown called time out, with the Huskers going on a 15-0 run, to end the opening quarter.
“We began to press, which created turnovers and easy shots for us, giving us some rhythm,” Barer said.
Barer had a big game of her own, with a team-high 15 points, including three 3-pointers, a career-high 14 rebounds, 6 deflections, 3 steals, and 2 assists.
“We knew Jesse had to be more involved in the offense coming into this season,” Mundy said. “She has worked on her shot a lot this year and has come through in some key situations. Tonight, she was shot-ready, and she hit her open shots, when she had good looks at the basket.”
Yorktown (8-7, 3-2) erased a 37-31 deficit to start the fourth quarter, setting up Severino’s heroics.
“Our team was able to come back in the fourth quarter, because we got defensive stops, and took each offensive possession one at a time,” Severino said. “We took our time, and passed the ball around, which allowed us to get good looks.”
Emily Ward, with a career-high 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 deflections, and Ashley Zeolla (9 points), also contributed to the exhilarating victory.
“It’s so nice to win a game like that after the tough, close losses, we’ve had recently,” said Mundy, who added that he was very pleased with the Huskers’ season-low 11 turnovers, and first time this season, having more assists (13), than turnovers.
Yorktown used a 12-0 run in the first half to go up 27-12, eventually leading 33-17 at halftime, en route to a 57-35 victory against visiting John Jay-Cross River on Jan. 29.
“We started off the game strong, with high intensity, and limited turnovers,” Zeolla said.
Zeolla (20 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block), Ward (13 points, 4 treys, 10 rebounds, 3 assists) and Severino (12 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals), led Yorktown to the win.
“We rotated the ball very well, which led us to get open shots and drives to the basket,” Zeolla said.
Lindsay Boyle (6 rebounds, 5 steals, 3 assists) and Hayley Caricati (5 rebounds), also helped the Huskers earn the victory against John Jay.