Here are Mike Zacchio’s post-game notes from the Albertus Magnus at Pearl River contest:
PEARL RIVER — Pearl River defeated Albertus Magnus at home Thursday, 68-53, improving to 13-2 on the season. Read the game story and view a photo gallery here.
For 24 minutes, this was an incredibly exciting game that had Pearl River firmly on “upset alert.”
Then the fourth quarter began.
The Pirates, who led by five entering the final quarter, opened on an 8-0 run to provide some much-needed cushioning the rest of the way. Senior captain Missy Scognamiglio (shown left) was an animal all game — scoring a game-high 22 points, and grabbing a team-high nine rebounds (also a game-high, but did not have Magnus’ additional stats to confirm).
For a 5-foot-5 (guesstimating here) point guard, Scogs certainly isn’t shy about getting involved in the paint — on either side. Between going up for boards, or driving the lane, recent Journal News Rockland Scholar-Athlete of the Week definitely took her share of hits on Thursday… but it was worth it.
Scognamiglio got to the line 11 times, almost doubling the trips Albertus Magnus made as a team.
“In warmups, I actually wasn’t shooting too well, so I got a little nervous before the game,” she said. “But then in the second half, they just started falling for me.”
Scognamiglio (14 points) and fellow senior Amanda DeCourcey (9 points) combined for 22 points in the second half for Pearl River.
“We got a lot of momentum going (as a team) in the third quarter,” DeCourcey said. “We just knew we had to finish it off, and we just really locked down on defense and made our layups.”
For most of the game, Magnus displayed excellent ball-movement and found good shots against the tough Pearl River defense. It was their own defense that showed weakness.
After the Falcons were outscored 19-9, Coach Pat Buckley called the fourth quarter a “defensive meltdown,” adding that Magnus needs to play cleaner basketball in order to win.
“We had meltdowns defensively, we had two back-to-back turnovers for layups, which made the deficit from five to nine very quickly,” he said. “(Pearl River) is a good team. You have to limit your mistakes, and unfortunately we didn’t do that.”
The game was perhaps extra-special for Pearl River coach Lorraine Moylan, who coached Magnus to four section titles and two state championships during her 10-year stint at the school.
Since leaving the Falcons in the early-mid 1990s, Moylan has found moderate success at Pearl River, becoming just the second female coach in the section with 500-plus wins (Gina Maher, Irvington).
Moylan said its “fun” to coach against her former team, but is glad to be back “home.”
“Pearl River is home for me, I grew up here,” said Moylan, who is a Pearl River alumnus. “I was very fortunate to work at Albertus (Magnus) for the 10 years; I met tons of great people, had great players, great kids, and when I came (to Pearl River) I got pretty much the same thing.”
As for Magnus’ current coach, Moylan had nothing but wonderful things to say about Buckley (pictured above, left, with Moylan, right).
“Coach (Pat) Buckley is a fine gentleman, a fine coach — a great coach,” she said. “He runs a great program, and the kids play really hard for him. They learn, they keep on getting better, so it’s really fun to coach against him.”
Moylan not only attended Pearl River back in the day, but she was a point guard for the Lady Pirates as well.
“I was a disher,” she said with a smile. “I love to give it up.”
Here are Phil Terrigno’s post-game notes from Dobbs Ferry at Ardsley:
ARDSLEY — After losing to Dobbs Ferry by 12 points during their last meeting on Jan. 7, Ardlsey finished on top this time.
The Panthers cruised to a 61-49 win, highlighted by 22 points from Toni Pilla. (Read the game story here)
Sophomore Casey Foley (shown right) scored 17 points and Nicolina Chenard added 12 points for 10-6 Ardsley, who is seeing tangible results from facing the likes of Ossining, Irvington and John Jay East-Fishkill.
“I see a team that is much more comfortable in pressure situations and is not afraid of them,” Ardsley coach Michael Pollio said. “Hopefully that continued to carry over. When you play hard games in hard sports, you get used to it.”
Alyssa Chipelo scored 23 points for the Eagles and none of her other teammates added more than six points.
Ardsley led 30-22 at halftime and its lead quickly grew to 44-25 in the latter half of the third period.
Ardsley is 10-6 and Dobbs Ferry is 11-4. Both are members of Class B.
“It was an intensity thing for us today,” Ardsley coach Michael Pollio said. “We’re a pretty good basketball team when we decide to play together.”