Here is Nancy Haggerty’s game story from Ardsley’s hacktastic win over Ursuline. The Koalas were called for 40 total fouls, including two technicals by head coach Beth Wooters. Also, as many of you know and/or saw on Twitter, Ursuline’s Lorrin Sullivan went down with what Nancy described as a possible ACL tear. We’ll keep you updated.
Twenty-eight seconds later, Anna Savino joined her. And before the final horn, Ursuline had lost Rianna Peduzzi to fouls.
But maybe that’s to be expected when a team is whistled for 40.
It goes without saying that fouls played a huge role in host Ardsley’s 67-49 win.
But Ursuline coach Beth Wooters, who accounted for two of them (drawing technicals for arguing calls), wouldn’t dwell postgame on her unhappiness with the officiating, instead praising the Panthers’ play and faulting her own team’s execution.
“We had a lot of turnovers. Too many. And we missed easy shots,” she said. “(Ardsley) did a good job in their zone.”
That was due in no small part to junior point guard Casey Foley, who hit for 28 points — 16 of them from the foul line.
“I (usually) get to the line a lot, but not that much,” the left-handed shooter said after attempting 24 free throws.
Foley was happy with her team’s drive to the basket and layup conversions, as well as its defense, which led to some fast breaks.
“We’re getting into the flow now,” Foley said.
That was quite an accomplishment in a game that featured little flow due to all the whistles.
Ardsley (4-1) never trailed, although the game was close early on.
Bettke’s drive inside for two of her eight points midway through the second quarter pulled the Koalas to within one at 15-14. But Ardsley took a 30-20 lead into the half, despite missing 16 free throws.
The Panthers started the second half strong as Nicolina Chenard (15 points, pictured left) powered inside for a bucket, was fouled and hit the free throw.
Ursuline (0-2) trailed 43-30 entering the fourth quarter and never got closer. Savino led the Koalas with 10 points.
Isabella DePasquale joined Foley and Chenard in double figures with 10.
Ardsley coach Michael Pollio praised Foley’s on-the-floor, scrappy play and “game management.” He was also impressed with his entire team.
“We played a very unselfish game and shared the basketball very well,” Pollio said. “And, even with all the craziness, they kept their heads about them.”
All photos were taken by Matthew Brown of The Journal News. Click here to view Matthew’s entire photo gallery from the game. Here is Matthew’s video recap: