Christa Scognamiglio became Pearl River’s all-time leading scorer when she hit a layup with 4:39 left in the first quarter of Pearl River’s 63-29 home win over visiting Burke Catholic Saturday.
The record had been held by Denise McGuire, who graduated from Pearl River in 1980 with 1,476 varsity points. The timing of the record, though, came as shock to Scognamiglio. Going into the game, the senior forward, and the media, had been told by Pearl River coach Lorraine Moylan that she was 18 points away from breaking the record, when in fact she was only three.
“After I hit the shot, my teammates all came over and started hitting me on my stomach; I was really confused and didn’t understand,” Scognamiglio said. “But after I realized what happened, I was really relieved.”
Moylan had informed the rest of the Pirates before the game but felt that her star would be better off not knowing.
“(Moylan) told me that she knew I’d be nervous and thought it was better to do it like that,” Scognamiglio said. “In the end, it was a good idea and now I feel a lot better because all that pressure is off.”
Scognamiglio, who finished with seven points, is in her fifth varsity season. She is a two-time all-state selection and will be playing for Fairfield next season.
Westlake 53, St. Vincent Ferrer 42: In the consolation of the Kathy Mayer Classic at Sacred Heart, Tina Karaqi had 25 points and 15 rebounds for Westlake. Rebecca Oliva added 10 points.
Mahopac 50, Lakeland 34: In the consolation of the Matshtik tournament at Mahopac, Mairead Hynes had 12 points for the Indians. Kathleen Cahill had 14 points for Lakeland.
Irvington 59, Bronxville 35: At Bronxville, Marley Giddins had 17 points and Brittni Lai had 10 for Irvington. Grace Devlin scored 14 points for the Broncos.
Blind Brook 44, Rye 39, OT: At Rye Friday, Ali Silfen led the Trojans with 14 points. Rachel Egan helped send the Garnets into overtime by going 4 for 4 on free throws late in regulation. Egan added two 3-pointers, scoring 10 points in less than 10 seconds. Egan finished with 22 points and six steals.
Clarkstown South 58, Mahopac 46: At Mahopac Friday, Alison Haugh scored 18 points for Clarkstown South. Mairead Hynes had 26 points for the Indians.
Harrison 38, Briarcliff 31: At Briarcliff Friday, Shawn Caparelli had 13 points for Harrison. Marissa Contento led the Bears with 12.
Dobbs Ferry 52, Hastings 34: At Dobbs Ferry Friday, Kristy Degner and Kristin Foresti each scored 13 points for Dobbs Ferry. Foresti added 10 rebounds. Lea Distelhurst scored 15 points for the Yellow Jackets.
Player of the Night: A lot of candidates tonight, but we’ll turn the award into a career achievment award, and give it to Christa Scognamiglio.
- Rye’s Rachel Egan did her best Reggie Miller impression scoring 10 points in 10 seconds to help send Rye into overtime. The Garnets, however, lost to Blind Brook 44-39.
- Tina Karaqi had 25 points and 15 rebounds in Westlake’s 53-42 win.
- Clarkstown South is now 10-4 and has won seven in a row.