After weeks of lurking relatively undetected, teams are now very aware of Rye and the threat they pose to Class A and Section 1 as a whole.
Ironically, it was a loss that really put the Garnets on the map.
Rye fell to reigning Class AA state champs Ossining by four points a week and a half ago, which was more than enough for other teams to take notice. When the Garnets handed four-time defending Class B state champ Irvington its first loss on Sunday, more took notice. And after avenging an early season loss to Horace Greeley on Thursday, 50-41, the Garnets are looking like strong contenders for the section title.
“We just want to keep getting a little bit better as we go along, and hopefully by playoff time, we’ll be playing our best,” Rye coach Dennis Hurlie said after Sunday’s win at Irvington.
The Garnets have a balanced offensive attack, led by Maddie Eck, Rachel Egan and Alanna Morque, plus a lock-down defensive squad which should serve them well in February. Reigning champ Peekskill returned everyone from last year and Beacon has been just as impressive.
With so many teams in contention for the section crown, the Garnets appear to be peaking at the right time in order to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.
Best of the rest: Jalay Knowles had 19 points and 10 rebounds, including her 1,000th career point for Ossining in a 71-22 win over Harrison. … Kelly Guarino scored 22 points for Albertus Magnus in a 71-38 win over Nyack. … Kristen McLaughlin scored a game-high 27 points for Tappan Zee in a 62-61 win over Pearl River. … Olivia Heffernan scored nine points for Eastchester in a 39-36 win at Bronxville. … Sarah Cochrane scored 16 points for Port Chester in a 45-41 win over state-ranked Keio. … Laura Castaldo scored 23 points for Clarkstown South (15-0) in a 66-42 win at East Ramapo. … Brandi Coon scored 10 points for Valhalla in a 48-14 win over Rye Neck.
Thursday, January 23
Westlake 53, Blind Brook 48
Rye 50, Horace Greeley 41
Ossining 71, Harrison 22
Eastchester 39, Bronxville 36
Tappan Zee 62, Pearl River 61
Port Chester 45, Keio 41
Clarkstown North 48, Suffern 36
Albertus Magnus 71, Nyack 38
Arlington 76, Mahopac 65
Clarkstown South 66, East Ramapo 42
Valhalla 48, Rye Neck 14