Just realized that I accidentally saved over the “Friday’s schedule” post and forgot to create a separate post for “Friday’s results” so for today, and today only, we’re editing over the schedule post. My apologies.
Friday was a big day for two of our local ladies, as the section added two more names to its prestigious 1,000-point club.
In dramatic fashion, Albertus Magnus senior Maeve Parahus, who needed 23 points for the milestone entering Friday, stepped to the free-throw line late in the fourth quarter at 999 career points.
After sinking the shot, the game paused briefly so that Parahus (pictured left) could receive flowers, a game ball, and take pictures. According to Falcons head coach Pat Buckley, Parahus had no idea what she needed for the milestone.
Adding to Parahus’ big night, Albertus Magnus defeated Nyack, 58-48.
Unfortunately for Mount Vernon senior Ludirdia Gordon, the night was a tad more bittersweet. The center dropped a whopping 35 points in a close 65-63 loss to Scarsdale.
Both Parahus and Gordon (pictured right) will be representing the section at the D-1 level next year. Parahus will attend nearby Manhattan, while Gordon heads to West Virginia.
Incase you didn’t hear, there was a pretty big game going on at Pearl River. Incase you missed it, check out my notes below…
Here are Mike Zacchio’s post-game notes from Tappan Zee at Pearl River:
PEARL RIVER — Pearl River defeated Tappan Zee at home, 55-33 on Friday. To read the game story, and view a photo gallery, click here.
There’s a number of acceptable words that can be used to describe the first half of Friday’s game; but the one I’m going with is “shocking.”
Entering the game, all the hype was about Pearl River’s stellar defense, and deservingly so. But going up against a talented Tappan Zee team, could they be as dominant? I predicted a 53-47 Pearl River victory, figuring they could keep the Dutchies at bay, and they would have about an average scoring day.
The Pirates came out with the best defense I’ve seen so far this season (Note: I have not seen Irvington, another top defense, play yet). Holding any team to just eight points at the half is impressive, but to do it against Tappan Zee really says something.
“We knew we had to come really hard,” Pearl River senior Jessica Dolan said. “We really played off each other’s enthusiasm.”
Senior captain and guard Marissa “Missy” Scognamiglio completely took over the first half, scoring 17 points at the offensive end and disrupting the Dutchies with her defensive quickness.
The younger sister of three-time Journal News player of the year, Christa Scognamiglio, Missy (pictured left) made a strong case for keeping the title under the same roof with her performance today.
I was unable to get full statistics from her game, but I witnessed at least two blocks from the pint-sized guard, not to mention countless steals and assists. Her court vision and basketball IQ is among the best I’ve seen from a player.
“Missy is the key,” Pirates coach Lorraine Moylan said after the game. “Missy does so many little things right, she plays hard defense, she gets deflections, she causes turnovers, and then she can run like crazy, shoot the 3, and get to the bucket — she’s been just awesome.”
Moylan added, “She’s a very good leader, and (the above mentioned reasons are) why.”
I’ve seen Tappan Zee earlier this year, in a win against Clarkstown South on the road, where their defense was a key in the win. Not to mention 3-point shooting, another area the Dutchies fell short in on Friday.
After sinking 11 shots from beyond the arc in their previous game, the Dutchies managed to make just two 3-pointers against Pearl River.
Standout junior swingman Kristen McLaughlin (pictured right) earned every one of her 15 points Friday night, taking a few hits down low en route to some tough points. Shutting her down was a vital key to Pearl River’s success, a mission they, in retrospect, completed.
Tappan Zee coach Tom Cromer wasn’t shy about calling the game how it was:
“What can I tell you that you don’t already know?” he rhetorically asked reporters, including myself. “Pearl River out-played us, and out-coached us.”
Cromer’s Dutchies put up a much stronger fight in the second half, playing pretty much even with the Pirates on the scoreboard, and definitely out-playing them in the third quarter.
“After we came back out at the half, we kind of let up a bit,” Dolan said. “When that started to happen, everyone made big plays and pushed each other — it was a real team effort.”
As for his Dutchies, Cromer thought the girls seemed to fix whatever was wrong in the first half, although there were still some kinks to work out.
“The girls were making the right moves, the right looks, the right reads,” he said. “We need to take care of the basketball — we talked about that against Albertus Magnus.”
Still, Cromer gave credit where credit was due.
“They play hard — that’s who they are and what they do — it’s no surprise,” he said of his opponents.
Pearl River improved to 7-1 with the win, and extended its win streak to four games. Tappan Zee, however, has cooled off since its hot start to the season. After opening the year 3-0, the Dutchies are just 2-4 in their last six games.
The two will meet again in February, but in the near future, the Pirates are gearing up for a ghoulish end to January. Pearl River will travel to Irvington on Wednesday to take on coach Gina Maher and the Bulldogs.
Armed with two D-1 recruits in Brittni Lai and Lexi Martins (pictured left), as well as one of the top defenses (48.4 points allowed per game) in the section, this should be an interesting one to watch. My partner in crime Phil Terrigno will be there to cover this exceptional match up.
Early prediction: I have Irvington (9-1) taking this one in a low-scoring dog fight (pardon the pun). Let’s call it a 55-49 Bulldogs win. I’ll get Phil to make a prediction as well to see who’s closer.
Side note: Irvington’s points allowed per game is including its 90-84 loss to Ossining in the Slam Dunk tournament championship. If you take out the game against arguably the best team in the state, the Bulldogs are averaging just 43.7 allowed per game. The difference between is that while both Pearl River and Irvington can both shut down a team on defense, the Bulldogs have a substantially better offense (68.9 points per game).
By the numbers: Tappan Zee (5-4) at Pearl River (7-1)
Blackjack: Pearl River had built up a 21-point lead by halftime, a lead that would eventually be the difference in the game. The Pirates led all 32 minutes and were up as many as 23 points against the Dutchies on Friday.
Freebies: Both teams took advantage of the charity stripe on Friday; Pearl River went 10-of-15 from the line, while Tappan Zee was 7-of-10.
Falling off the plank: Tappan Zee is in a massive offensive tailspin, which is a big explanation for their recent struggles. In their first five games (4-1) this season, the Dutchies were averaging 55.8 points per game. However, in their last four games (1-3), the Dutchies are averaging just 43.75 points per game.
Cove, Sweet Cove: Pearl River loves playing at home. How much? In four games against Section 1 opponents, the Pirates have won by an average of 26.0 points per game, and have won every game at the Pirate’s Cove by at least 22 points.
Friday, January 11
Pearl River 55, Tappan Zee 33
Palisade Prep 37, Tuckahoe 27
Portledge 51, Holy Child 25
Gorton 50, Roosevelt 9
Ursuline 45, White Plains 28
Scarsdale 65, Mount Vernon 63
Pelham 56, Bronxville 24
Yorktown 48, Putnam Valley 45
Blind Brook 54, Carmel 35
Briarcliff 51, Byram Hills 42
Clarkstown North 41, Suffern 31
Albertus Magnus 58, Nyack 48
Pleasantville 51, Westlake 45
Port Chester 38, Keio 35, OT
Hackley 55, Horace Mann 35
Riverside at Yonkers, 4:15 p.m.
New Rochelle at Mamaroneck, 6 p.m.
Preston at Good Counsel, 6:30 p.m.
Hastings at Eastchester, 7 p.m.
North Salem tournament
Hamilton 60, Pawling 12
John Jay 42, North Salem 29
Here are the game recaps from tonight’s action:
Hamilton 60, Pawling 12: In the first round of the North Salem Booster Club Tournament, Tiffany Corselli had a triple-double with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals. She also had six assists. Maia Hood had 17 points and 10 rebounds. Hamilton will play John Jay in the tournament final at 5 p.m. North Salem and Pawling will meet in the consolation game at 1 p.m.
Gorton 50, Roosevelt 9: At Roosevelt, Patricia Gomez had 18 points and Shadae Mims had 10. Joy Shippy had four points for the Indians.
Portledge 51, Holy Child 25: At Portledge, Jose Amerson had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Ryan Hughes had seven steals.
Pelham 56, Bronxville 24: At Pelham, Campbell Fee had 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Pelicans. Vittoria Volpe had 17 points. Claire Sargent had 12 points for the Broncos.
Ursuline 45, White Plains 28: At Ursuline, Grace Brennan scored 12 points and Lindsey Bettke added eight points for the Koalas. Alyssa Ghilardi had 10 points for White Plains.
Yorktown 48, Putnam Valley 45: At Putnam Valley, Jenn Burke had 12 points and Kelly Donnellan had 11. Erin McCrudden had 19 points and Alyssa Stockinger had 11 points for the Tigers.
Blind Brook 54, Carmel 35: At Blind Brook, the Trojans outscored the Rams 20-9 in the third quarter to pull away. Ali Silfen scored 16 of her 21 points in the third quarter for the Trojans. Jackie Lavitt had 20 rebounds. Teammate Lea Saliba had 12 points, five assists, and five steals. Caitlyn Murphy scored 16 points for the Rams.
Scarsdale 65, Mount Vernon 63: At Scarsdale, Abby McDonald had 22 points for the Raiders. Rachel Cohen had 19 points. Senior Lubirdia Gordon scored her 1,000th varsity point for the Knights. Gordon finished the game with 35 points.
Briarcliff 51, Byram Hills 42: At Briarcliff, Cassidy Carrifielo had 24 points and Tiffany Panarese had 12. Summer Horowitz had 10 points and 12 rebounds. Raqual Gaudio had 14 points and Lucy Bancone had 11 for the Bobcats.
Clarkstown North 41, Suffern 31: At Clarkstown North, Erin Ryder scored 14 points and Nikki Petri added 12 points for the Rams. Sam Cimillo had 13 points for the Mounties, who were held to three points in the first quarter and two in the fourth.
John Jay 42, North Salem 29: In the first round of the North Salem Booster Club Tournament, Delaney Spencer scored 13 points for the Indians. Sydney Glenn and Sasha Puglisi each added nine points. Alexa Tutillo had nine points for North Salem. John Jay will play Hamilton in the championship game Saturday at 5 p.m.
Nanuet 46, Cornwall 34: At Cornwall, Theresa Jelalian had 20 points for the Golden Knights. Alexa Amalbert had 11 points. Dana Rohan had nine rebounds and six blocks.
Pleasantville 51, Westlake 45: At Pleasantville, Zaira Cobbs had 12 points. AnnMarie DiCarlo and Courtney Sheehy each had nine points. Katie Cullen had 12 points and Faith Lovett had 11 for the Wildcats.
Albertus Magnus, 58, Nyack 48: At Nyack, Maeve Parahus scored 24 points, including a free throw late in the final quarter that gave her 1,000. The game was stopped for about three minutes to recognize the achievement by the Manhattan-bound senior guard. Albertus had flowers and balloons waiting to present to her. Nyack gave her the game ball, and there were pictures taken. Falcons coach Pat Buckley said Parahus didn’t know when she stepped to the line that she was at 999. Parahus came in needing 23 points. “She was surprised,” Buckley said. “But it’s a good accomplishment. She deserves it. … She’s worked really hard for four years.” Christine O’Riordan added 14 points. Lindsey Sundvik scored 16 points and Charlotte Sperling contributed 15 points for the Indians.
Hackley 55, Horace Mann 35: At Hackley, freshman Sammy Mueller had 16 points and six steals for the Hornets. Ally Mueller added 15 points and seven assists.
Port Chester 38, Keio 35, OT: At Port Chester, D’Angela Covington and Leandra Harris eacg had 12 points. Kyra Hart had 10 points. Sae Toyomura had 17 points and Marina Kokubo had 11 for the Unicorns.
Today’s record: 14-2
Season record: 124-40