YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown’s week included two rivalry games at home, the first one a non-league contest against Mahopac on Jan. 21, with the Indians winning 65-40.
“Mahopac, to start out with, was trying to feel their way, and it was only close for a little while, just because of the fact that they were trying to figure out what we were doing defensively, like how to beat the press,” said Yorktown coach Brian Mundy. “Once they started doing that, then they figured us out pretty well, and they also figured out defensively, what they needed to do to adjust against us.”
Leading the Huskers (6-7, 1-2), was Ashley Zeolla, with 8 points. Two of them came in the first quarter, cutting Mahopac’s lead to 12-8.
“When I asked her (Ashley) to be a little bit more aggressive, she did start to be a little bit more aggressive,” Mundy said. “In that respect, I was pleased with some of the things she was doing.”
Mahopac took control of the game after that, as it scored the final four points of the first quarter, to be up 16-8 at the end of it.
The Indians, aided by three baskets from three-point land, outscored the Huskers 17-8 in the second quarter, to go up 33-16 at halftime, and were never threatened after that.
Artesa Gashi (6 points), Haley Caricati (6 points), Jesse Barer (5 points), Emily Ward (4 points), Melissa Severino (4 points), Erisa Krasniqi (4 points), Lindsay Townes (2 points), and Lindsay Boyle (1 point), joined Zeolla in the box score for the Huskers.
“I will give credit to Mahopac. They have a good team. They are going to make a nice run here the second half of the season,” Mundy said. “Unfortunately, we just weren’t with it tonight.”
Yorktown took Somers to overtime on Saturday, Jan. 25, before losing 55-54, in a League II-C contest.
“We kept our heads high and worked extremely hard in practice, leading up to this Somers game,” Zeolla said.
Zeolla (11 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal) helped the Huskers’ cause by scoring 20 of her 26 game-high points after halftime
“We remained focused and were able to get a lot of open looks inside,” Zeolla said.
Trailing 45-42, Severino (12 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 7-7 free throws), after being fouled attempting a three-pointer, made three foul shots to tie the game with 2.3 seconds in regulation, which sent the game into overtime.
“When I was taking the foul shots to tie the game, the only thing I was thinking about was the ball going through the hoop,” Severino said. “The less I think when I am at the free-throw line, the less likely I am to miss.”
Zeolla connected on a layup with about 15 seconds left in overtime, to give Yorktown a 54-53 lead.
“We pushed the ball up the court and got me an open look at the nail for me to drive,” Zeolla said. “It was an amazing feeling, hearing all of our supporters and teammates cheering.”
Somers’ Dani Dicintio answered with a driving layup, with 2.8 seconds left in overtime, to give the Tuskers a thrilling victory.
Gashi (4 rebounds), Alyssa Perrino (4 rebounds), Barer (5 rebounds, 3 assists) and Ward (7 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals), also contributed to a Husker effort, that included a lot of great defensive play.
“We worked really well together defensively,” Severino said. “Everyone did a good job, especially Emily Ward, who worked hard and got a lot of steals at crucial points in the game. Jesse and Ashley also played good defense, which helped the team significantly. Overall, our help defense was strong, which was one of the main factors that helped us play a close game.”
Yorktown finished the week with a 58-52 overtime loss to visiting Harrison on Jan. 27, in a non-league game, led by Zeolla (21 points) and Severino (20 points, 4 treys).
Severino hit one of two free throws in the closing seconds of regulation to tie the game at 45-45, to force overtime.