Most anticipated matchup: No. 2 Pearl River vs No. 3 Albertus Magnus in Class A—The friendly rivals split their regular season series. They bring out the best in each other.
Closest game: No. 5 Ursuline vs No. 8 Mount Vernon in Class AA—Another regular season split. Ursuline has thus far been able to counter a big size disadvantage.
Game that could get most out of hand: No. 3 Keio vs No. 2 Hamilton in Class C—The teams played on Feb. 3 and Hamilton outscored Keio 24-0 in the first quarter. Ouch. Nobody wants a laugher to kick off the girls portion of County Center week.
Upset potential: No. 18 New Rochelle in Class AA. Honestly, I don’t like any of the underdogs in the semifinals. (That doesn’t include Mount Vernon or Albertus, whose wins would not be considered upsets.) New Ro over Ossining would be a true upset. The Huguenots are healthy and bring some excellent guard play. Also, check out the next category.
Team most likely to look ahead: Ossining. When I interviewed them on Varsity Insider Chat, Saniya Chong and India Reckard swore up and down that they were not looking past New Ro. I don’t totally believe them. After losing consecutive finals to Mount Vernon, how could they not be thinking about a rematch?
Team most likely to look worse than it really is: Peekskill. It’s been a couple of months since Peekskill played a challenging opponent. I expect an ugly first half as Rye comes out with a fury.
If you like fast-paced action, you’ll be rooting for: Woodlands. The Falcons have no conscience when it comes to blasting up court off a turnover or missed shot. They may miss the ensuing shot, but they’ll keep on running the next time too.
If you had to bet your life on an MVP: Class AA—Saniya Chong, Ossining; Class A—Christa Scognamiglio, Pearl River; Class B—Marley Giddins, Irvington; Class C—Liz Milner, Haldane.
Best rebounder: Class AA—Lubirdia Gordon, Mount Vernon; Class A—Jazmin Garcia, Peekskill; Class B—Alexis Martins, Irvington; Class C—Maia Hood, Hamilton.
Best passer: Class AA—Saniya Chong, Ossining; Class A—Felicia DaCruz, Albertus; Class B—Savina Reid, Briarcliff; Class C—Liz Milner, Haldane.
Better than you thought: Class AA—Caroline Spillane, Ursuline; Class A—Asia Jackson, Peekskill; Class B—Imani Tilford, Woodlands; Class C—Maia Hood, Hamilton.