WHITE PLAINS — There was no sunshine, there was no moonlight, and there were very few good times. So North Rockland could only blame it on the “Boogie.”
Reigning Class A state player of the year and Michigan commit Lauren “Boogie” Brozoski appeared as advertised in Long Island Lutheran’s 71-64 win over North Rockland in the Slam Dunk Tournament girls semifinals at the Westchester County Center on Saturday. The junior scored 22 points and was a crowd pleaser with her no-look passes and ankle-twisting moves.
North Rockland coach Kevin Metcalf said that if his team could “survive the initial onslaught” brought on by the third-ranked team in the state, the Red Raiders would be fine.
After one quarter, North Rockland trailed by 14. But the youthful, undersized, unranked Red Raiders held their own with the Crusaders, pulling within four points midway through the third quarter.
From there, however, Brozoski and Co. were too much to handle.
“(This game) boosted our confidence a lot,” North Rockland sophomore center Pamela Miceus said. “If we keep playing like this, we should be back (at the County Center for sectionals) in February.”
Miceus had the breakout game that Metcalf and his staff had been waiting for, scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. A lanky defender with a wingspan well beyond her 5-foot-11 frame, Miceus could turn into a top player in Rockland.
“Pam just keeps coming. She was hurt last year; she broke her collarbone in January and didn’t play January and February,” Metcalf said. “To her credit, she went out this offseason, didn’t play AAU, but played against boys — a lot of the North Rockland varsity and JV boys — and realized how much the speed of the boys’ game has benefited her.”
“Girls are not as fast or aggressive, so I feel like it helped me get a lot better,” Miceus said.
Junior Olivia Burden led the Red Raiders with 16 points. Sophomore Gabrielle Cajou added 15 points off the bench.
“I’m sure I’ll feel better in an hour, but right now, it’s a two-possession game against a very good … team,” Metcalf said after the game.
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