After loading up its schedule in December, Irvington will have a lot of downtime in January, and that can be either a blessing or a curse.
The undefeated Bulldogs (11-0) downed Ursuline B 55-42 on Thursday, behind senior Laurilyn Gelardi’s game-high 27 points. Molly Sheehan led the Koalas with 15 points.
Irvington, the four-time reigning Class B state champ, is still ranked atop the class in New York, but having longer rest periods could jeopardize its flawless record. The Bulldogs play just five games in January, including Thursday’s win.
The Bulldogs will still get a chance to scout some of the area competition when it hosts its annual Autism Classic, an all-day showcase that will host seven local teams, including Ossining and Kennedy. The event will be held on Jan. 19 with games running from noon until the finale at 5:15 p.m.
Bulldogs coach Gina Maher is expected to notch her 600th career win this season. If Irvington stays undefeated, Maher would pick up the historic victory on Jan. 31 in a road game against Woodlands.
Best of the rest: Sisters Eilish (10 points) and Molly Newcomb (nine) led John Jay to a 54-14 win over Hamilton in the first round of the North Salem tournament.
Thursday, January 9
Irvington 55, Ursuline B 42
Panas 47, Haldane 26
North Salem tournament
John Jay 54, Hamilton 14