Balanced scoring gave North Rockland the edge over visiting White Plains in a 45-32 victory Monday.
All season, coach Kevin Metcalf has lectured his team about effective ball movement to create easy scoring opportunities. Monday’s performance against the Tigers proved that his players are grasping the philosophy.
“We talk about sharing the ball all the time, and today we did a great job in doing it,” Metcalf said.
After suffering a tough four-point loss on Friday to undefeated Clarkstown South, North Rockland wanted to establish a strong offense early.
The Red Raiders (7-4) depended on Ciera Rivera’s playmaking abilities to jump-start their scoring efforts. Her 10 points and efficient passing aided North Rockland in the victory.
Chloe Mullarkey led the team with 12 points, followed by Olivia Burden’s 11-point birthday performance, including shooting 3 for 3 from three-point territory. Pam Miceus led the team with eight rebounds.
North Rockland is vying for second place in the League IV-A standings and can improve its chances with a win against rival Suffern Tuesday. Both teams are currently sitting with one loss in league play.
“Suffern is a great team defensively and it will be a challenge for us to work inside and outside on offense,” Metcalf said about the Tuesday’s road test. “Our focus is working on getting better with man-to-man defense and continue to move the ball on offense.”
White Plains’ Isabella LaCarbonara finished with 11 points. Teammate Tess D’Arcy and Danielle Reggio each added six.
Monday, January 20
North Rockland 45, White Plains 32
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