For the second time this season, Yonkers fended off Saunders’ second-half comeback, this time nipping the Blue Devils 53-51 at home on Monday.
The Bulldogs (7-6) had a comfortable nine-point lead entering the fourth quarter, but the cross-city rival Blue Devils found a way to make things interesting.
In their first match-up, Yonkers defeated Saunders 54-47 in the Yonkers City Tournament Championship, a game in which the Bulldogs led by 20 points at one point.
“They climbed their way back into the game like they always do,” Yonkers coach Meagan Fitzpatrick said of Saunders’ effort Monday. “It’s a very big rivalry between the two schools. “They started hitting wide open 3-pointers and I was sweating to death.”
With less than two minutes to go, Saunders took its first lead at 49-47. But Bulldog sophomore Angelina Mieio responded with a clutch 3-pointer to give Yonkers a one-point edge before Fitzpatrick called time out.
“I just told them to settle down, play smart, and remain focused,” Fitzpatrick said.
Mieio scored the Bulldogs’ last six points and finished with 14.
Miranda Santiago led the team with 16 points and Amber Rincom added 10.
“A win is a win,” Fitzpatrick said. “Whether it’s with two points or 25, they showed up and they were the better team.”
Amanda Kiriakos led Saunders with 16 points.
Best of the rest: Allie Monteleone had 18 points and gained All-Tournament honors as Haldane won the consolation game of the Elmsford Classic 64-41 over host Hamilton. … Bridget DelPriore scored 16 points and Julie Kellett 15 points as visiting Holy Child fell to Chapin 45-41. … Liz Trojan had 14 points and 14 rebounds and Brianna Witt had 10 assists for Suffern in a 58-53 win against North Rockland.