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Posted By Mike Zacchio On January 27, 2013 @ 11:00 am In Basketball,Blogroll,Boys Basketball,Game Recaps,Girls baskeball,Links,Look ahead,Nightly Recaps,Notebook,Player Interviews,Poll,Power Rankings,Predictions,Rankings,Rockland County,Schedule,Sports,Team Previews | Comments Disabled

FINAL: Ossining tops St. John Vianney 106-100 in three overtimes to improve to 11-3.  More info to follow. For more reading about the game, I contributed to the Asbury Park Press’ girls hoops blog about this game and their reporter Josh Newman did a fabulous job previewing it. You can find more info by clicking here and browswing through the recent posts. [1]

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I’m sure many of waiting you have been waiting on the edge of your seats waiting to see some power rankings out of us for this season, but we wanted to let time settle before prematurely sorting the teams.

Over the last two weeks or so, Phil Terrigno and I have been brainstorming, crunching numbers, and debating on what teams should make up our “top 10” for the season. For the most part, we were on the same page as to which teams should be in our top 10, but as for where they should fall… that was more debatable. So, we decided to make two separate rankings. I’ll break the ice and post mine first, and Phil will post his later on tonight. Enjoy.

We did not rank teams out of our coverage area (Beacon, John Jay-East Fishkill, Lourdes, etc.) because we have not seen them and did not want to unfairly rank them. We will add them to our updated power rankings once we see them at section tournament in mid-February. We apologize for any inconvenience. (All stats and state rankings are as of Jan. 26)

Mike Zacchio’s Top 10:

1. Ossining Pride (10-3): I think there’s little doubt that the Pride have the No. 1 spot. They are the only team to be undefeated against Section 1 competition. All three of the Pride’s losses came at the Nike Tournament of Champions in December, and all three teams were highly-ranked in the nation. Not to mention, neither team hailed from the Empire State. Senior guard Saniya Chong (pictured right) is the obvious catalyst to this team, but even when she is not on the floor, Ossining has a bevy of role players (Andra Espinoza-Hunter, Jalay Knowles, etc.) that can make opponents rip their hair out. Ossining is the top ranked Class AA team in the state by the NYSSWA [2], so the odds of them bringing home some state hardware is very good. The Pride has overwhelmed teams with speed and offense, averaging more than 80 points per game, a number that could very well be higher if the Pride did not out their starters after three quarters, sometimes sooner. Over the next couple of weeks we will find out if Chong has been selected to participate in the McDonald’s and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-American Games, which will both be held in early April. Chong is also a candidate for USA Today’s Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year award for the state of New York. We will find out that end result in mid-March.

2. Irvington Bulldogs (12-1): Backed by two D-1 bound players in Lexi Martins and Brittni Lai, the Bulldogs have displayed dominance on both offense and defense. Averaging just shy of 70 points per game, coach Gina Maher and the Bulldogs obviously have no problem putting points up on the board. Martins (pictured right, shooting) is a double-double machine, putting up a 32-point, 28-rebound game earlier this season. Like Ossining, because Irvington is often out to a lengthy lead, starters are sometimes pulled to stop the bleeding of its opponents. A huge reason for Irvington’s success has been its defense, which allows just 47.8 points per game, among tops in the section. Irvington, which is the top-ranked teams in the state out of Class B by the NYSSWA, has lost only to Ossining, and they held their own, losing by just six points in the championship game of the Slam Dunk tournament at the County Center. The two will square-off in a rematch to end the season on Feb. 8. Very appropriate ending to the year for both teams.

3. Hamilton Red Raiders (13-1): I’m sorry, but I can’t help but notice the similarities between Hamilton and the movie, “Coach Carter [3].” Richmond (the team in the movie) was led by coach Ken Carter, while Hamilton is led by coach Ben Carter. In the movie, coach Carter owned his own sporting goods store. In real life, coach Ben Carter runs his own athletic company [4]. In the movie, coach Carter turned around a struggling basketball program into champions, focusing on defense, hard work, and most importantly, academics. In the four years since coach Ben Carter took over, Hamilton has made the section final all four seasons, winning it all last year. Carter is also very adamant about his players succeeding in the classroom, and not just on the court. In the movie, Richmond lost in the first-round of the state tournament. Last year, Hamilton lost in the regional semifinals but they are the top ranked team in the state out of Class C by the NYSSWA, so defending the Section 1 title and at least getting to the state tournament this year is a very good possibility. (I smell a possible feature story in here). Like Irvington, Hamilton’s only loss came to Ossining, and like Irvington, Hamilton played them very close. The Red Raiders may have lost by seven, but they led or were within a field goal the majority of the game. Chong (see above) scored 43 points for the Pride, including 24 in the fourth quarter when the Pride pulled away. Led by Sacred Heart transfer Tiffany Corselli and standout Maia Hood (pictured above), who is approaching her 1,000th career rebound, the Red Raiders have proven to be a competitor, but may run into trouble with a short-staffed roster of just nine girls.

4. Pearl River Lady Pirates (11-2): Once we got out of the “Big Three” the real debate in ranks started. While the No. 4 spot was slightly more debatable than No. 2-3, I think Pearl River is a pretty solid No. 4 team. Irvington has undoubtably the best defense in Westchester, and likely the section, while Pearl River has locked down the top defense in Rockland. The Lady Pirates have a better statistical defense (allowing just north of 45 points per game), but have not played the quality of competition that Irvington has. For what it’s worth, when they faced each other, Irvington won 65-49. Many people thought the reigning Section 1 Class A would be gutted after losing three-time Journal News player of the year Christa Scognamiglio [5] to graduation, but the young Pirates have more than prevailed. Their only two losses this season have come to Irvington and Oneonta (11-0), and both teams are ranked in the state top three for Class B by the NYSSWA (Pearl River is ranked No. 20 in Class A). Christa’s younger sister, Missy (pictured left), does an exceptional job of running the point and commanding the floor as the team’s captain. I think absence next year will really hurt the Lady Pirates, now that both Scogs sisters will be gone, but coach Lorraine Moylan’s patented press defense has kept Pearl River a winner for years. Not for nothing, but both Maher and Moylan have the top two defenses around, and between them they have more than 1,000 wins (500-plus each). Take notice young coaches, defense wins championships.

5. Sleepy Hollow Headless Horsemen (14-1): After an impressive 16-5 campaign last season, hopes were high for coach Nick Romeo and his roster, which contained three returning starters. In addition to their metaphorical horse, Sleepy Hollow is also riding a nice 12-game winning streak, which should only improve as they close out the season. With a good amount of experience coming back, Sleepy Hollow should be better prepared for the section tournament this time around, but with Pearl River still around, winning it all won’t be easy. As talented as they were last year, and appear to be this year, Sleepy Hollow should only improve next year, as they have just one senior (Daniella Carissimo) on the roster. Sleepy Hollow hasn’t really been challenged all that much this year, as they win by an average of approximately 15 points per game, but they have showed weakness, especially against Rockland teams. Sleepy’s only loss this year came to Clarkstown South (10-4, see below), and had it not been for a half-court miracle buzzer-beater by junior Jessica Tucci (pictured right), they would have lost to Nyack (the shot forced overtime, where Sleepy won, 62-59). I don’t think anyone would doubt Sleepy’s skill, but the strength of its schedule could use a few hours in the gym. Sleepy will likely grab a No. 2 seed behind Pearl River in the Class A bracket, and will also likely meet the Lady Pirates in the finale. Regardless of how this season ends, will an all-but-full roster returning next year, this team will be fun to watch for awhile.

6. North Rockland Red Raiders (10-4): The Red Raiders finally achieved a state rank in Class AA after a terrific start to the season, coming in at No. 27 in the most recent rankings released on Wednesday. Coach Kevin Metcalf has completely turned around this program ever since taking over, but the Red Raiders have yet to really make a splash (although I’m sure having Ossining in the class doesn’t help any). A ridiculously young team, the Red Raiders are one of the most prolific scoring teams around, but it’s their inconsistent defense that may hold them back in the sectional tournament. In addition to senior captain Alex Bertolino (pictured right, shooting), the Red Raiders have a “big three” of sophomores in Ciera Rivera, Olivia Burden, and Alyssa Williams, that should keep them successful for years to come. The biggest problem for North Rockland has been defending in the paint. The curse with having so many talented young players is that, more often than not, they have not fully matured physically. Only one player on the roster is taller than 5-foot-8, and the majority of them are 5-foot-6 or shorter, so they are almost always at a height disadvantage. Since they will likely not be able to handle the “big men” of other teams, the Red Raiders will have to really strengthen their perimeter defense and make sure opponents can’t get the ball in the paint. Even if this isn’t North Rockland’s year, the future is very bright. But make no mistake about it, this team is a contender in Class AA; not to win of course (I think Ossining has this won with a bow on it), but to make a deep run? Definitely.

7. Clarkstown South Lady Vikings (11-4): This team has one of fastest rising stocks in my book, and I really don’t think they’ve gotten enough credit than they deserve this year. An up-tempo team that focuses on limiting the scoring of its opponents, Clarkstown South has the weapons on both offense and defense to really hurt a team (on the scoreboard, not physically, of course). Led by standout junior forward Laura Castaldo (pictured right), the Lady Vikings have quality wins this season over Sleepy Hollow, North Rockland, Hackley, and Horace Greeley, and have lost to quality opponents. Tappan Zee (6-6) handed them their first loss, but that was also a game in which the Dutchies drilled 11 3-pointers. Also, a two-point loss to Albertus Magnus is more than easy to forgive. South’s other two losses were blowouts, but were also to state-ranked competition. South lost to Monroe-Woodbury (No. 29 Class AA) and Pearl River (No. 20 Class A) by 15- and 16-point deficits, respectively. South has a solid defense, and is well-coached by Jennifer Chiera-Frank, but I think the offense has to be more spread out in order for them to make a deep run in the section tournament. Most teams know that Castaldo is their best player, and if they don’t, they quickly figure it out. With role players Allison Haugh and Maddy Downes who can put up double-digit scoring numbers, the Lady Vikings should take more risks from outside of the paint in order to throw off the balance of Castaldo’s scoring down low. Granted, if you’re facing a team like North Rockland, who has been notoriously weak against powerful forwards/centers, by all means, stuff it to her every possession (Castaldo’s 40 points against the Red Raiders were a huge factor in South’s win). But, if you’re facing a team like Pearl River or Tappan Zee, that has a more balanced defense, try and mix it up from both the perimeter and the paint. I’m not a coach obviously, but I think it’s something that could help South go further in the section tournament.

8. Blind Brook Trojans (13-2): I wasn’t quite sure what to make of Blind Brook this year… until I saw them in person. The Trojans have a dynamic starting five that can shoot, rebound, defend, steal — you name it. They have more than one person who can handle the ball above average, they have more than one person who can post-up, and they have more than one person who can make clutch shots when needed; you get the point. The versatile Ally Silfen (pictured left, rebounding) can play any number of positions for the Trojans, and shoots the ball incredibly well for a big man. Fellow towering forward Jackie Lavitt (4, pictured left) adds even more of a defensive prowess to the Trojans’ arsenal. For those of you following me during the Tappan Zee-Blind Brook game Friday, I mentioned senior guard Lea Saliba and her incredible ball-handling skills, which were a major factor in breaking Tappan Zee’s press yesterday. These “big three” can lead Blind Brook very far into the Class B tournament, and I have no idea why they are ranked as low as they are (tied-No. 25) in the state rankings. Granted, I know nothing about the out-of-section schools, but to have Kennedy (see below) ranked at No. 4 and to have Blind Brook more than 20 spots behind them is ludicrous. I would probably take Blind Brook to beat Kennedy in a head-to-head game, let alone just hang around. The Trojans will end their season with back-to-back games against Ossining and Hamilton on Feb. 6-7, respectively, so they’ll likely fall out of the NYSSWA rankings after two probable losses, although I think wins and losses should be judged on quality, not quantity. Like Class A, the Class B bracket should be relatively wide-open for one of the spots in the finals with Blind Brook, Kennedy, Ardsley, Pleasantville, etc. in the mix so it’ll be a fun fight to the end. I don’t mention Irvington because they probably have their gold ball on layaway as we speak.

9. Kennedy Catholic Gaels (13-2): Piggybacking off of Blind Brook, there has to be a flaw somewhere in the state ranks, because there is no way Kennedy and Blind Brook are 20 spots away from each other. Either Kennedy is ranked too high at No. 4, or Blind Brook is ranked too low at No. 25 (tied). For the record, I’m going with the latter of the two. Gaels coach Lance DeMarzo has done an exceptional job in his first year at the helm of a girls program. Before coming to Kennedy, DeMarzo was a longtime boys coach at Mahopac. Kennedy has displayed one of the better defenses around, allowing just 33.4 points per game, but have not face the same level of competition that other top defenses such as Irvington and Pearl River have. Not taking anything away from the Gaels — your schedule is your schedule and to allow just over eight points a quarter makes things a lot easier for your offense. Backed by the stellar play of Kiera Hennessy (pictured left, dribbling) and Shayna Gaskins, the Gaels are looking to make a big splash onto the Class B tournament scene in February. I would absolutely love to see a match between them and Blind Brook at sections.

10. New Rochelle Huguenots (12-2): This team was a little bit harder to gauge. When guard Amirror Dixon went down with a knee injury, many thought the Huguenots’ season was over before it ever really began. New Ro responded with quite the contrary, winning 10-consecutive games following a season-opening loss to Irvington. With Dixon now back in the lineup, the Huguenots are adjusting to a different starting five, so a few kinks will understandably have to be worked out the next game or two. If they can find a nice groove with Dixon, the Huguenots can be very dangerous in Class AA. With a plethora of players who can score, adding Dixon to the mix only makes them that much more lethal. Again, nobody will come close to Ossining, so it’s really just a fight to make it to the final. Dixon, and fellow juniors Sidney Pinn and Aaliya Hayes (pictured left, dribbling) should keep New Ro a team to watch next year as well.

ON THE BUBBLE: Ardsley, Hackley, Mount Vernon, Pleasantville, Scarsdale, Ursuline.

Phil’s Rankings: (Due to Mike’s expansive job above, I’ve condensed my team summaries to include just the main points and places where we differ)

1. Ossining (11-3): The gold standard of girls basketball in New York State and a program that will continue to thrive after Saniya Chong graduates.

2. Irvington (12-1): Most high school teams would be fortunate to have one Division I player – this squad has two. Lai and Martins lead an attack that has gotten contributions from it’s other starters. The Bulldogs are the winners of three straight Class B state titles.

3. Hamilton (13-1): Staying within 20 points of Hamilton will be a chore for any other Section 1 Class C team this season. Ben Carter’s squad of five senior starters is energetic, hungry and talented. It’s a dangerous combination.

4. Pearl River (11-2): Fitness, hustle and discipline can take a team with these traits a long way at the high school level. They also happen to be the M.O. of Lorraine Moylan’s squad.

5. North Rockland (10-4): The Red Raiders have put up big offensive numbers this year – averaging over 70 points per game at one point. They’ll need that scoring firepower once Sectional play rolls around.

6. New Rochelle (12-2): Before the season started, I didn’t hear a great deal about the Huguenots. Then Bruce Daniele’s squad started rolling – all without the services of standout junior guard Amirror Dixon. The Huguenots have had some marquee wins and I like their makeup.

7. Sleepy Hollow (14-1): They’ll be set up nicely in the Class A tournament after winning so many games. That’s when the real test of their mettle will begin.

8. Kennedy (13-2): Just like in the NBA Playoffs, defense and rebounding win. Gaskins and Hennessey are two of the area’s most talented frontcourt players and I expect that to cause enormous match up problems for many Class B teams.

9. Blind Brook (13-2): Talented ball handlers and shooters, including Silfen and Saliba that play well together under Manny Martinez. The Trojans weren’t given enough respect with a 25th ranking in Class B.

10.Pleasantville: Credit must be given to the Panthers for rolling through the regular season but their depth will be tested in a few week’s time.

ON THE BUBBLE: Ardsley, Scarsdale, Pleasantville, Ursuline, Mount Vernon, Clarkstown South

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#1 Comment By Colonial On January 27, 2013 @ 5:54 pm

88-84 Ossining with 29 secs left in 2 OT. Chong hit a pair of free throws

#2 Comment By hsbbfan On January 27, 2013 @ 5:59 pm

We are in 3rd OT up 5 2 mins to go

#3 Comment By hsbbfan On January 27, 2013 @ 6:04 pm

Coach screaming time out right in front of red he doesnt give it to him. Jump ball Vianney.

#4 Comment By Hallie Lyndart On January 27, 2013 @ 6:11 pm

Going into Triple Overtime and and winning 106-100, watching the live feed of this afternoon’s St. John’s Vianney vs. Ossining game, SJV is giving the Lady Pride everything they have. Espinosa Hunter, Samuels and the Ossining Bench has been everything so far for Ossining, as the Lady Pride should have won this game a long time ago. Chung has had probably her worst game since the Arizona trip, turning the ball over on a number of occassions and shooting horrible from both the field and from the foul line. If Saniya plays for Gino and UCONN like she did this afternoon, she will not get off of the bench in her entire 4 year UCONN career.

Also Ricci totally outcoached by the SJV coach.

Campbell totally outplay Chung all afternoon long. SJV is probably one of the most disciplined teams that Ossining has faced so far this year. Ossining playing a very sloppy game. SJV kept in this game by hitting free throws much better than Ossining.

If Ossining plays like they did today in States, they may not get that State Class AA championship that they are seeking

#5 Comment By Colonial On January 27, 2013 @ 6:12 pm

Ossining wins 106-100 in 3 OT! Saniya went 6/6 to close out the game.

#6 Comment By Ossining #1 Science program in the country! On January 27, 2013 @ 6:20 pm

Ossining wins 106- 100 3 OT.

#7 Comment By Ossining #1 Science program in the country! On January 27, 2013 @ 6:21 pm

Moderation for reporting a score ?

#8 Comment By HAYWOOD On January 27, 2013 @ 6:33 pm


#9 Comment By Colonial On January 27, 2013 @ 6:33 pm

Saniya finished with 45 points. 19 points through all 3 OT’s. Lyndsay Rowe had a career high 37 points for St. John Vianney. Most of the starting 5 had fouled out. Ossining pulled that W out!

#10 Comment By Ossining #1 Science program in the country! On January 27, 2013 @ 6:49 pm

Hallie, thanks for all your positive comments about the best team in section 1. I guess you didn’t see the the CTK game when Chong put the team on her back and won that game. Gino was there…he was very impressed!

#11 Comment By Ossining #1 Science program in the country! On January 27, 2013 @ 7:06 pm

Hallie,Chong is going to UCONN because of the way she sees the floor and distributes the ball!

#12 Comment By Hallie Lyndart On January 27, 2013 @ 7:12 pm

Never said that Saniya wasn’t an outstanding player, just that she did not show the game she is known for today. Outside of the 2nd and 3rd overtime, when she was basically forced to take over the game because Espinosa-Hunter and the Ossining Center fouled out. If it wasn’t for Espinosa-Hunter putting the Lady Pride on her back, there would not have been 3 overtime sessions for Ossining to come back and win this one. This 8th grader could end up being an even better player coming out of Ossining than Saniya Chung.

Could it be that New Jersey Girls High School Basketball is that much better overall than New York Girls High School Basketball? I would love to see how Ossining would fare against Shabazz head to head (Hmmm – Maybe Coach Ricci might make this dream match up happen next year, along with a regular season head to head match up against Cicero North Syracuse. Maybe getting CNS, Shabazz, St. John’s Vianney and Ossining playing at that tournament at the County Center next season would be GREAT !!)

#13 Comment By Ossining #1 Science program in the country! On January 27, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

Halli, Chong 45 Campbell 18. Just how was Chong outplayed by her? Please explain how the winning coach was completely out coached by the loosing coach. NY was 3-1 at the tournament. The only winning team lost to Ossining last year.

#14 Comment By Ossining #1 Science program in the country! On January 27, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

“Totally outplayed”?

#15 Comment By Section 1 Man On January 27, 2013 @ 8:31 pm

Mike Z. Great reporting and excellent analysis. Thanks for your thoughts. I think you are dead on. Keep it up.

#16 Comment By Colonial On January 27, 2013 @ 8:41 pm

Hallie, no offense but you really don’t know what you’re talking about. This girl scored 45 points and she didn’t show the player she’s known for? I’d say the stats say otherwise.

Her name is CHONG, not CHUNG but CHONG! If you’re going to refer to her by name, please spell it correctly. Saniya CHONG on a bad night is still the best player on the court in NYS on any given night. And if this game were played in NY, I guarantee you it would have been a much different outcome due to the use of a shot clock.

No offense but I’ll take the opinion of every coach, scout and reporter who has seen her and says she’s the real deal over yours. Just sayin.

#17 Comment By hsbbfan On January 27, 2013 @ 8:46 pm

Vianney was scrappy, but they “stayed in the game” by grabbing Saniya’s shorts, checking her with two hands and setting moving screens the whole game. Yes, she did not have her best game I agree, nut winning this game and the Norland game will help the in States. These games tool letting them play to a new level.

And how was Ricci out coached? Can you be specific? Do you mean like when he was trying to call timeout and the ref was 3 feet in front of him and ignored him?

I watched the Loughlin game and the 1st half of Molloy game and they were getting the same treatment.

#18 Comment By Trojan Man On January 27, 2013 @ 9:23 pm

You raise a good point with Blind Brook. Blind Brook did not graduate a player from last year and finished 9th in Class B in the New York State rankings so why is Blind Brook so far behind Kennedy in the rankings this year. Mike Z. your comments on Blind Brook at valid and one must question the rankings but Class B will be interesting and one wonders if anyone can give Irvington a game. Ossining Hamilton and Irvington are a league of their own but I think Blind Brook can give Irvington a better game rather then Kennedy or other B teams. In the end, it all happens on the court, great analysis and thanks for the reporting. Thanks Mike.

#19 Comment By Game watcher On January 27, 2013 @ 9:25 pm

Hallie if you weren’t there in person you have NO BUSINESS at all making the comments you have made. Jersey girls basketball is nothing like New York..with no shot clock and officials who don,t know what a moving pick is..it,s no wonder the game went to 3 overtimes. I,m sure they would have loved a fourth so they could foul out the rest of the Ossining team…but the best player and best team on the court overcame the HOMERS of NEW JERSEY! I give credit to St. John,s they played a great game and a great team…it,s too bad that you missed the game. But then again so did the REFS!

#20 Comment By Game watcher On January 27, 2013 @ 9:28 pm

Oh. And hallie…they are not THE LADY PRIDE….they are THE PRIDE!

#21 Comment By Cuse On January 27, 2013 @ 9:33 pm

I have to Agree. Chong was not get the superstar calls today in their gym. They knocked her to the ground when she was trying to stall and still no calls. Plus NJ needs to get to the 21st century with the shot clock. Ossining also should play some man to man without gambling all the time. I know ricci wants to speed up the game but SJV was very disciplined and was creating great looks over over again.

Hallie, respectfully disagree. They beat Molloy, CTK, St anthony’s and one of the best teams in jersey, in their own gym. Who will they be playing better than those teams in the state tournament

#22 Comment By changes On January 27, 2013 @ 10:23 pm

Hallie you have no idea about what you speak- St Johns were pushing, grabbing, tripping the OHS girls the whole game and no fouls. The 10 sec violation happened then St Johns called a time out. and they gave them the time out- Moving picks are illegal and yet after dozens were done, no calls. Terrible officiating. OHS will not play at this tournament again-Get 3 refs and the best for these games. Saniya went down hard and could have easily been injured on several occasions. They keep it going due to their endurance and determination and great coaching! GO O!!! The coach got bashed last season for winning by 50 points- He ups the ante with a national schedule- many teams included St Johns recruit their entire team- Amazing win for the tough OHS squad!!!

#23 Comment By CHSAA On January 27, 2013 @ 11:22 pm

Just watched the replay on MSG. It is fair to say, Ossining squeaked one out…but good teams find a way to win. Thoughts on the officiating…in NY, Saniya does get some calls in her favor that weren’t called but there were some missed calls at crucial moments. Nevertheless, the game at the next level will be even more physical for Saniya so it is something she’ll have to adjust to.
Here is the biggest thing to take away from this game. Although some calls weren’t in Saniya’s favor, which led to poor shot selection or turnovers, she showed great character today. On the road, in a battle, she never complained about a missed call (at least not visible on TV)...she got back up, and on Ossinings next possession time after time, she just flat out competed. She wanted the ball down the stretch and made every free throw in OT. That is the sign of a great competitor…no mouthing off or whining. Kudos to her for that.
As for the team’s run for the State, either Vianney played the best zone defense against Ossining to give them a shot to win or a minor kink in armor was noticed (usually visibile toward the end of a season – poor perimeter shooting).
All and all, it was great competition…but Ossining needs better outings in their run for a State title.

#24 Comment By Ossining #1 Science program in the country! On January 27, 2013 @ 11:51 pm

Hallie, shame on you !!! I just saw the stats from tonight’s game and Chong was 21 of 24 from the foul line! Just another Ossining hater using a pretty name.

#25 Comment By Section 1 On January 28, 2013 @ 8:20 am

Can you please stop with the calls. Why do pride fans always need to come up with excuses when things dont go there way. You make it so hard for people outside of ossining to support your team.

#26 Comment By Hallie Lyndart On January 28, 2013 @ 8:42 am

First, I stand corrected, it is CHONG (My Bad). Secondly, yes, no shot clock in New Jersey does alter the way that the game is played. Thirdly, I didn’t need to be physically in the gym in Homdell to give an opinion. I saw the entire web cast LIVE.

As far as Ricci getting out-coached. If you take that SJV team, who had its #1 player out with a torn ACL, and just getting back to the floor their #2 player from a bad ankle sprain, and looking at the overall quality of players on SJV vs. what Ossining had/has (Ossining’s overall talent is much better than SJV), given the flow of the game, I thought that the SJV Coach “outcoached” Ricci (just my opinion).

If Saniya would start playing the 1st and 2nd quarters, like she plays the 3rd and 4th Quarters (and overtimes), she would be ALL WORLD.

Although you can say that they have 2 completely separate games, MANY in New York State have an expectation for Saniya, that she plays just as well as Brianna Stewart did for CNS last year.

Yesterday, Saniya “uncharacterisically” turned the ball over way too many times in that game. Some bad passes down in the low post were “Un Saniya Like”. It appeared (again my opinion) that she was trying to force things that weren’t there.

SJV’s Campbell had a record amount of assists in that game and played some great defense. Ok, if you want to say that “Holding Onto Shorts” “Checking Her With 2 hands” and other complaints, were part of why Saniya had an “off game” then that is well within your rights as your opinions. You could also say that the REF’s were giving the New Jersey Hometown Calls to SJV (look at how many players from SJV fouled out as well ??)

Leaving this behind, all I would like to see Saniya do is to come out in the first half of games from now on, and play with the same intensity as she does in thie 3rd and 4th quarters.

FINALLY – As I said above, I would love for Coach Ricci to schedule Shabazz to play them next year (or even better, have Coach Ricci SCRIMMAGE Shabazz between Sectionals and States [that is alllowed] this year.

We all need to know who the REAL # 1 team is in the TRI-STATE area is. Is it OSSINING or SHABAZZ ????????????

#27 Comment By Hallie Lyndart On January 28, 2013 @ 9:25 am

PS – SJV was playing without junior forward Katie Beriont, who was on a recruiting trip for softball. They were also playing without senior Kat Egan, as I mentioned, who tore her ACL. Finally, they got back freshman guard Emily Uribe, who came off the bench after missing the last 11 contests with the ankle sprain, so she had to be rusty at best. This was not a full strength SJV team that Ossining played yesterday and this SJV team took them to 3 OT’s.

This is not how a State Championship Team needs to play to win titles.

Again, just my opinion.

#28 Comment By Section Fan On January 28, 2013 @ 9:54 am

Phil, thanks for your reporting and analysis too are you guys going put this in LoHud print so your analysis can reach more fans. Phil, also are you sure about Pleasantville since they have had an easy schedule. Kennedy and Blind Brook much more proven. You can make argument that Ardsley much more proven than Pleasantville. But great job on the rankings.

#29 Comment By Jake Smith On January 28, 2013 @ 10:03 am

The main point of this post was to display an opinionated power ranking in section 1 girls basketball and sure enough it turned into an Ossining discussion… Like come on people… Dont you get enough? Chong is amazing. The team as a whole is great. What in the world is there left to talk about besides the fact that they have yet to win a state championship despite the massive amount of talent the past 4 seasons???? Wait nevermind… That is irrelevant as long as Chong scores 40 and they win Section 1.

#30 Comment By girlsbbfan On January 28, 2013 @ 10:10 am

Nice coverage this year on the blog. Just an observation in regards to Pearl River team. Missy Scogs is most deserving of all the credit she receives. She is undeniably one of the top point guards in the section and the key to Pearl Rivers success. However other players on the Pearl River team deserve some recognition. Pearl River to date would not be as successful unless they had other talented players on the court. And yes having one of the best coaches in Moylan is huge. In your power rankings you mention 2-3 players for each team yet for Pearl River you only mention one. It would be nice for some of the other PR girls to get the recognition they deserve as well.

#31 Comment By Ossining #1 Science program in the country! On January 28, 2013 @ 10:19 am

Hallie, shame on you! Chong shot 21 of 24 from the foul line! That’s “shooting horrible”?

#32 Comment By Philip Terrigno On January 28, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

Thanks again. No, to be honest, the ten spot wasn’t an easy one to pick. I don’t have the utmost confidence in Pleasantville but that selection was simply a way to reward them for winning the games that they should have on their schedule. I like Ardlsey too (I’m going to see them again Thursday vs. Dobbs Ferry) and I almost put Mount Vernon there for showing up big in wins against Scarsdale and New Ro.

We’re going to have another set of rankings before the Section 1 tournament and I anticipate that set to look different from these.

#33 Comment By Section Fan On January 28, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

Phil and Mike, agreed, readers want to hear about all of Section 1 basketball. Enough of Ossining. Class AA and B are much more interesting as a whole and the rankings are the discussion point here. Phil and Mike please do more coverage of the other teams and keep providing your insight and thoughts. Not everyone wants to read about Ossining every minute of the day. The other players and teams really do disserve equal coverage.

#34 Comment By Cuse On January 28, 2013 @ 12:50 pm


They beat Molloy and CTK, 2 of the best catholic teams in City. St Anthonys, the best team in Long Island. SJV on their home floor, don’t care who they are missing, SJV still had their best player Cambell. And as a side note. Ossining had no Knowles, Samuels and Espinoza for the 3rd overtime, and SJV lost their leading scorer of the game (rowe?) when the game was already decided, still managed to pull it out.

Who will they play that is anywhere near as good as these teams in the state tournament?

Not saying they can’t lose but it would take a huge upset.

#35 Comment By hsbbfan On January 28, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

This is what the NJ writer said about Saniya yesterday. Guess he had a different perspective than “HallIe”.

You walked into Holmdel, or checked in with MSG Varsity, or logged on to Twitter at least in part to check out Chong, a University of Connecticut recruit and arguably the best player the Lower Hudson Valley has ever seen.

Chong definitely had her moments on her way to a game-high 45, which, scary as it is, is not her career or even season-high.

Her scoring is what the average fan knows about her as the 45 leaves her 97 points shy of the career scoring mark in New York’s Section 1. What does not get talked about nearly enough is everything else she does. She came into the game averaging 9.6 assists and we can see why.

She continually bypassed her own good looks to hit an open teammate and also got into the lane, drew the defense and hit a cutting teammate for an easy bucket multiple times.

Chong is a total thoroughbred and after seeing her for the third time overall and first time this season, we understand why UConn came calling.

Aside from her play, she is clearly one of the nicest, politest kids we’ve ever come across. That, more so than the actual basketball, will take her far.

#36 Comment By hsbbfan On January 28, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

And “Section 1”. Things did our way. At least the score did. Usually when the winning team complains about the refs yo can take it to the bank. These refs were so one sided it was ridiculous. It wasn’t even just our game. It was others as well. They were trying very hard to have the NJ teams win.

And to the guy/gal complaining about all the Oss talk. Go ahead, talk about your team. The forum is open. If people are interested they will respond one way or another. Go back and read the blog postings over the past week. There is very little dialogue. I wonder why. Talk about your teams. Start a discussion. Stop complaining.

#37 Comment By bball28 On January 28, 2013 @ 1:55 pm

Trojan man, What are you basing your assessment of Blind Brook giving a better game to Irvington than, Kennedy?

#38 Comment By gamewatcher On January 28, 2013 @ 2:51 pm

One last comment at Hallie…..Watching it LIVE on a computer…and experiencing it live in person are totally different…..You only see what the camera or commentator sees…You couldn’t possibly see all the illegal picks that were not called and obviously could not see the continuous pushing off by the off the ball hand on drives to the basket. The officials sucked in all the games! How bout Shabazzzzzzzz comes over to New York and we play real basketball with a shot clock….I’m sure it would be entertaining….Oh and by the way…this Shabazzz team is it public or private? There is a world of difference between the two. As far as Ricci being outcoached….that could be ONE OF MOST BIASED OPINIONS I HAVE EVER HEARD…..almost as bad as the ones who thought the officials weren’t favoring ALL THE SHORE TEAMS yesterday…..amen

#39 Comment By Ossining #1 Science program in the country! On January 28, 2013 @ 4:12 pm

Chong, 45 pts., 13 assists, 3 block shots, 9 rebounds, and 5 steals. LOOKS LIKE A BAD GAME TO ME..right Hallie???

#40 Comment By Colonial On January 28, 2013 @ 4:24 pm


Very little of the coverage is of Ossining on this blog. It’s the people commenting on the posts that are talking about them more than they are being covered. They are still obligated to report the score so long as there is a game being played. Also it was by far the biggest game of the day.

I’d say Phil and Mike have done a pretty good job this season with managing their coverage of teams in and around the county.

#41 Comment By Ossining #1 Science program in the country! On January 28, 2013 @ 5:14 pm

Section fan, the reason why Ossining gets mentioned in the press is because of the following schedule that they’ve played:
Mater Dei #1 in the nation
Centennial #1 in Nevada
Dr. Phillips #1 in Florida
Springford #3 in PA
St. John – Vianney #11 in NJ
Norland #4 Florida
Molloy #7 NY
St. Anthony’s #6 NY
Irvington 2x #9 NY
Hamilton #10 NY

They deserve all the press !

#42 Comment By Trojan Man On January 28, 2013 @ 6:52 pm

bball28, I have seen both teams play but unfortunately Blind Brook and Kennedy have not played each other. My view is that Blind Brook played Irvington for a half during the gold ball game at the country center last year. Irvington had three great players. Now Irvington has two great players. Blind Brook is the same team and has experience and played at county center. Kennedy is based on bigs which usually does not defeat Irvington. Blind Brook has five and a quick five. Blind Brook also has a college bound player. But Blind Brook has had bad games as shown by a recent game against Hamilton so time will tell. Why do you think Kennedy has a better chance.

#43 Comment By Mike On January 28, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

How did Coach Metcalf turnaround a program that was far more successful with the two previous coaches? Look at the records please. Try to get a clue about what you are writing about. The previous coach did not have one losing season until her last year. I don’t think they lost a league game with her in 8 years. So what kind of turnaround are you talking about when the program has had nothing but success in the past. Check Coach Korn’s record as well.

#44 Comment By bball28 On January 28, 2013 @ 8:39 pm

Trojan man, I have seen both teams as well, and yes Kennedy kept pace with Irvington for a half as well last year, and Kennedy is the same team with experience and their five all played at the county center last and are very quick. Kennedy has more than just bigs. Kennedy plays a very tough team defense as shown by the win over OLOL.

#45 Comment By hsbbfan On January 28, 2013 @ 9:20 pm

Sorry, but class B Gold Ball game will be a blowout no matter which team plays Irvington. Better luck next year.

#46 Comment By Holla! On January 29, 2013 @ 10:10 am

Mike and Phil..good lists..agree with Mikes list switch Nr and Cl. Souths spots. Everything else spot on..
Rockland All Stars( my choices)
1 st team..scoglomiglio guard

Downey. Guard
McLaughlin Guard
Parahus. F
Castaldo F
2 nd team Burden
3rd team. Bertolino
On the bubble…sperling,sundak,t.jelian,McGrath

#47 Comment By Ossining #1 Science program in the country! On January 29, 2013 @ 10:26 am

We lost our second best player,Destiny Walker, to a Richmond Virgina HS. It’s part of the game!

#48 Comment By Holla! On January 29, 2013 @ 10:58 am

Meant to add Colleen Taylor of Tz,and mullarkey of NR to on the bubble list

#49 Comment By changes On January 29, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

Jalay, Shadeen and Andra have a lot to say about “second best player”........

#50 Comment By Ossining #1 Science program in the country! On January 29, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

Changes, close but no cigar..even the Chief, who has been banned on this Blog, agrees that Walker was the second best player on Ossining! Anyone else want to give an opinion on this? I quess there ia always the possibility she could return.

#51 Comment By changes On January 29, 2013 @ 9:45 pm

Tougher competition this year- this year/last year: ppg 86.8/83.2 Rebounds 20.2/18.6 Assts 14.7/12.6 Only stat lower than a year ago is blocked shots 3.0/3.4- Destini was team leader in blocks. Destini 14 ppg Jalay 12.9 ppg this year- Destini is surely missed but the other 3 girls have risen to the occasion against tougher opponents..

#52 Comment By Ossining #1 Science program in the country! On January 30, 2013 @ 12:20 am


First off, the only reason I entered this discussion was that a blogger was using the fact that Vianney lost, in part, because one of there best players was out for the year.

Secondly I am proud and appreciate the play of the three players. They have all stepped up and solidly have contributed to Ossining success this year.

With that said in every category ,but one, Destini walker was 2 nd on the team. Unless she were to suffer a complete loss of confidence nothing would suggest that she wouldn’t be the second best player this year! A moot point? However, what if she does return next year?...I doubt that she would not be starting.

#53 Comment By bballjunkie On January 30, 2013 @ 10:19 am

Holla. I like ur list of players may I suggest a couple of changes. Decourcey moved up to 1st team downey to 2nd an Bertolno to 2nd team an burden to 3rd team. Wht do u think

#54 Comment By gamewatcher On January 30, 2013 @ 10:51 am

Destiny Walker was a very good player and maybe on last years team you could have called her the “2nd best” but Ossining doesn’t roll that way. This years team is not all that different than last years team with Destiny. Andra-Espinoza Hunter has taken HUGE STEPS in replacing the scoring that Destiny provided and the combo of maturing Jalay Knowles and Shadeen Samuels have taken over the paint where Destiny provided some muscle. Would we be better with Destiny? Maybe…maybe not. When you look at the team there are at least 8 seniors with 5 underclassmen. At the beginning of the season the starters were 4 seniors and 1 sophomore. Now it’s two seniors and 8th grader and two sophmores…and…..the JV is packed with sophomores who could play RIGHT NOW…we’re building for the future as we continue to excel.

#55 Comment By Holla! On January 30, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

@ bballjunkie. This is just my picks with watching 35 + games this year…I think Downes is not highly regarded bc she plays for cl south not pearl river…you know when the jn news does all county( or at least they used to) they would pick 6 for 1 st team. I could deal with decourcey being 6 th…player of the year would have to go with…....wait for it…scoglomiglio..Missy is a dynamite player,tremendous athlete,and a nice girl..

#56 Comment By Timmy On January 30, 2013 @ 3:02 pm

Again, Metcalf loses to a team with some players and it is becasue of defense (or lack thereof). In regards to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd team list Burden should certainly be 3rd team based on a lack of consistancy (I agree with bballjunkie adjustments). How can someone say Mtcalf has taken this team to new heights when they havent beaten Clarkstown once since he has been there (they are no powerhouse). NR has beaten up on a lot of bad teams, competed vs some ok teams (should have beaten Tapp if not for poor substitution), and beaten by average to good teams.

Maybe it is easy to judge from the otside looking in but I was extremely disappointed in the loss yesterday that I witnessed.

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