BREAKING NEWS: UConn recruit Saniya Chong (pictured right) has set the new scoring record for Rockland/Westchester/Putnam after dropping 43 points in an 88-78 win over Hamilton (11-1).
Chong surpassed Peekskill alum Sheila Wagner after needing 28 points to become the sole record holder. The senior guard got off to a relatively slow scoring start before erupting for 24 points in the fourth quarter.
You can read more about this thrilling game, as well as view a photo gallery in tomorrow’s game story by our colleague, Brian Heyman.
* CHONG TRACKER * With her point total tonight, Chong is now inches away from her 2,500th career point (2,492 total), and made a nice dent in catching FDR alum Karen O’Connor for the all-time female section scoring title (2,662 points).
If she stays at her current pace, Chong, who is now averaging a clean 36.0 PPG on the nose, would pass O’Connor in five games (she would need 26 in the fifth game). O’Connor’s record has stood untested since her graduation in the mid-80’s.
While we’re on the topic of Ossining, our colleague Brian Heyman was able to confirm the future of standout eighth grader, Andra Espinoza-Hunter (who fouled out against Hamilton).
There have been rumors floating through the blogosphere Espinoza-Hunter will be taking her talents elsewhere next year, possibly to St. Michael’s or Christ the King. Heyman spoke with Ossining coach Dan Ricci, who put a stop to the rumors, bluntly.
“(Espinoza-Hunter) is not going anywhere,” he said. “She’s staying here all … six years.”
In other breaking news, Albertus Magnus junior point guard Ryan Doherty left today’s game with an apparent concussion, according to Falcons head coach Pat Buckley.
Doherty, who stepped into the starting role after Kelly Guarino tore her ACL prior to the season, was taken to the hospital. We hope to have more information on this later tonight as well.
The Lady Falcons have been plagued by injuries this season — between Guarino’s ACL tear (for the second time in two years), D-1 recruit Maeve Parahus spraining her ankle last week, and Doherty with a possible concussion now, Magnus just can’t catch a break this year.
Wednesday, January 16
Ossining 88, Hamilton 79
Tappan Zee 55, Nyack 43
Irvington 65, Pearl River 49
Albertus Magnus 47, Nanuet 39
Holy Child 54, King 43
Valhalla 38, Keio 10
North Rockland 75, Clarkstown North 51
Rye Country Day 42, Chapin 39
Pleasantville 43, Byram Hills 41
Suffern 57, East Ramapo 38
Hackley 44, Riverdale Country 12
St. Joseph at Maria Regina, 1 p.m.
Masters at Sacred Heart, 4 p.m.
Croton-Harmon at Fox Lane, 4:30 p.m.
Lakeland at Peekskill, 4:30 p.m.
Good Counsel at Aquinas, 5:45 p.m.
Brewster at Carmel, 6 p.m.
Mahopac at Somers, 6 p.m.
Yorktown at Panas, 6:15 p.m. North Salem at Kennedy, 4:15 p.m. Horace Greeley at Blind Brook, 4:30 p.m.
Game of the Night:
Phil Terrigno: 2-0
Mike Zacchio: 0-2
Today’s record: 10-0
Season record: 150-48
Here are Phil Terrigno’s post-game notes to the Pearl River at Irvington game:
IRVINGTON – The Bulldogs used the power of two 11-0 runs to down a strong Pearl River team 65-49.
“That’s something that you can sporadically see in our games,” Martins said. “We will go on points where someone will hit a 3, we’ll get a defensive stop, someone will get a layup and then Brittni or Ryan will get a steal. It’s kind of how our offense works.”
Lexi Martins led Pearl River with 34 points, including a 12 of 15 effort from the foul line.
Brittni Lai added 13 and Alyssa DiCampli had 10 points.
“Ryan (McMahon) [pictured left], Lauren and Alyssa had great games,” Irvington coach Gina Maher said. “Not necessarily in points but Ryan and Lauren played great defensively. We stopped Pearl River and their whole cutting to the middle (style). We moved the ball really well on offense but I’m almost happier about our defense.”
Irvington routinely had the two tallest players on the floor in the 6’2’’ Martins and the 5’10’’ DiCampli. “We are usually very good on help defense and aggressive,” Pearl River coach Lorraine Moylan said. “With that many weapons, it was hard to take one thing away. We didn’t do a good job of taking any one player away.”
The Pirates, who averaged 59.2 point per game coming into the contest, were held well below their season average.
“It was an off day shooting, it was an off day on defense and just an off day overall,” Pearl River’s Missy Scognamiglio.
Amanda DeCourcey had 12 points to lead the Pirates. Sam Alicandri and Scognamiglio (pictured right, shooting) scored nine points. Irvington improves to 10-1, and Pearl River falls to 8-2.