OSSINING — All things considered, both Ossining and Kennedy got what they wanted out of Friday’s Pauline Ricci Scholarship Fund game, which honors the Pride coach’s late mother.
Ossining got a win and raised several thousands of dollars, and Kennedy played its best game of the season, thus far. A “for-all-intents-and-purposes” win-win scenario.
“This is just a great event. We started the scholarship fund two years ago and we started the (memorial) game last year and we try to give $3,000-5,000 out each year,” Pride coach Dan Ricci said after the 65-52 win. “I just think it’s a great way of thanking the kids for all of the time and effort they put in. This helps us do it.”
Ricci admitted that his team didn’t play up to the high standard Ossining basketball has become known for, but that there were some bright spots on the team. Junior forward Jalay Knowles had 30 points and nine rebounds, and first-year varsity junior Stefanie Svoboda managed the court exceptionally well from the point.
Still, as Ricci put it, “(Friday) is not just about basketball.”
Gaels coach Lance DeMarzo and Co. donated $450 to the fund prior to the start of the game. DeMarzo and Ricci are good friends, who actually wagered dinner on the game. Ricci may have won the game, but it was DeMarzo who cashed in his winning bet from Kennedy’s win over CHSAA foe Bishop Loughlin.
“We gave them a game, I don’t know what else to say. … That’s the number one team in the Hudson Valley, and we gave them everything they wanted,” DeMarzo said. “I think this game, even though we lost, is going to really help us and elevate us in our play.”
GAME NOTES: Kennedy’s Megan Weidenheimer returned to action three games ago after tearing her ACL last year. DeMarzo said that he’s been working her back into the lineup two-to-three minutes at a time. DeMarzo estimated that she is at about 75 percent, health wise, and hopes that she’ll be at full strength by the playoffs.
Weidenheimer, a standout defender for the Gaels, could completely change the dynamic of the team, when healthy. She sported a thick knee brace on Friday and it was apparent that the knee (or at least the knee brace) was a bother to her. She still performed fine, but when she’s at 100 percent, it will be much easier to gauge the Gaels. DeMarzo said that a healthy Weidenheimer would guard Knowles all game.
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Best of the rest: Anna Savino scored 30 points for Ursuline in a 66-58 win over Scarsdale. … Taijah Pink scored 20 points for Palisade Prep in a 39-24 win over Yonkers Montessori. … Casey Foley had 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for Ardsley in a 47-26 win over Ursuline B. … Ally Mueller scored 24 points for Hackley in a 47-11 rout of Horace Mann. … Dionna Rogers had 17 points and 14 rebounds for New Rochelle in a 61-45 win over Mount Vernon. … Shannon Reddy and Olivia Brettschneider each scored 12 points for Blind Brook in a 47-37 win over Fox Lane. … Josie Amerson had 17 points and 18 rebounds for Holy Child in a 47-36 win over Masters. … Brandi Coon scored 16 points for Valhalla in a 38-31 win over Croton-Harmon. … Chloe Mullarkey scored 19 points for North Rockland in a 54-36 win over Clarkstown North. … Alanna Morque scored 14 points for Rye in a 66-41 win over Rye. … Alexis Cohen scored 14 points for Suffern in a 52-39 win over East Ramapo. … Grace Carr (27 points) and Alex Davis-Sumter (20 points) led Sleepy Hollow to a 74-62 win over Eastchester. … Madison McGrath scored 20 points for Albertus Magnus in a 72-54 win over Nanuet.
Friday, January 10
New Rochelle 61, Mount Vernon 45
Ossining 65, Kennedy 52
Ursuline 66, Scarsdale 58
Palisade Prep 39, Yonkers Montessori 24
Ardsley 47, Ursuline B 26
Westlake 59, Briarcliff 39
Hackley 47, Horace Mann 11
Valhalla 38, Croton-Harmon 31
Blind Brook 47, Fox Lane 37
Holy Child 47, Masters 36
Albertus Magnus 72, Nanuet 54
North Rockland 54, Clarkstown North 36
Rye 66, Byram Hills 41
Pelham 54, Edgemont 45
Suffern 52, East Ramapo 39
Sleepy Hollow 74, Eastchester 62