In the Class AA quarterfinal at No. 1 Ossining, Saniya Chong scored 30 points, extending her Section 1 record for career points to 2,761 as the Pride topped Scarsdale 94-49. Shadeen Samuels had 20 points. Shelby Zucker had 20 points for the Raiders. The Pride will play No. 4 Ursuline in the semifinals on Thursday, Feb. 28 at the County Center.
The win was the 350th career win of Ossining coach Dan Ricci’s 22-year career at Ossining.
“What’s great about it is it was all at one school,” Ricci said. “I’ve only coached at Ossining. I’ve had some great players over the years. I’ve been (at Ossining) for 22 years. Longevity — you’ve got to have longevity to have something like that and having great players that work really, really hard.”
Senior Danielle Gervacio, who has been coached by Ricci for five years on the Ossining varsity team, said Ricci’s strength is managing and developing players.
“He’s developed every one of the seniors into the players they are now,” Gervacio said. “He gets down to the nitty-gritty. For example, if you’re having a problem with your shot, he’ll definitely help you with that. He’s definitely a personal kind of coach.”
Ricci said he plans on coaching for another 5-7 years.
“We’ve got great kids coming up,” Ricci said. “Andra Espinoza-Hunter is going to be here for four more years. Shadeen Samuels is going to be here for three more years.”
“I love every day I go to work.”
Below are the final scores of all the quarterfinal games that took place today.
Ossining 94, Scarsdale 49
New Rochelle 63, John Jay-East Fishkill 55
Ursuline 56, Arlington 51
Lourdes 45, Clarkstown South 40
Haldane 67, Yonkers Montessori 13
Palisade Prep 36, Tuckahoe 20
Keio 37, Solomon Schechter 11
Holy Child 71, St. Luke’s 40: In the quarterfinals of the Fairchester Athletic Association playoffs at Greenwich Academy, Josie Amerson had 25 points and 16 rebounds for the No. 3 Gryphons in beating the sixth seeded Storm. Shannon O’Connor had 15 points. Chellzea edgar had nine points, nine rebounds and seven steals. Holy Child will play the winner of No. 7 King vs. No. 2 Hamden Hall on Friday in the semifinals. The site is to be determined.
Rye Country Day 62, Greenwich Academy 37: In the quarterfinals of the Fairchester Athletic Association playoffs at No. 1 Rye Country Day, Corolyn Binder had 35 points and six assists in the Wildcats win over No. 8 Greenwich Academy. Nereida Mendiz had 11 points and six assists. Tara Berger had 10 rebounds. Rye Country Day will host No. 4 Convent of the Sacred Heart on Friday in the semifinals.
Haldane 67, Yonkers Montessori 13: In the Class C quarterfinal at No. 2 Haldane, Liz Khadabux had 16 points and Sam Lisikatos had 12 points. Sarah Crucitti had six points for No. 7 Yonkers Montessori. Haldane will play No. 3 Palisade Prep in the semifinals on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the County Center.
Today’s record: 4-3
Playoff record: 36-12
Regular season record: 275-80 (313-92 overall)