Peekskill has the most depth in Section 1 and it proved it on Saturday against Mahopac.
Facing a one-point halftime deficit, the Red Devils kicked it in overdrive in the second half, routing the Indians 61-40 at home. And they did it without standout point guard Lanay Rodney, last year’s Section 1 Class A tournament MVP.
Rodney is out with a sprained ligament in her hip, which should keep her out through the remainder of the regular season, and possibly the first round of the playoffs.
“We had 13 turnovers in the first half, then we turned it around,” Peekskill coach Rodney Headley Jr. said. “The press blew the game open in the third quarter. … We smothered them on defense.”
Stepping up in Rodney’s absence was freshman Nyrie Holliman, who scored a team-high 16 points. Headley knew of Holliman’s potential from last year’s section final, when she scored 14 points off the bench.
Headley said that his team needed a “wake-up call,” and cited the team’s loss to Horace Greeley on Jan. 18 as “the first” and its follow-up loss to Hen Hud on Jan. 24 as “the second.”
“I told them, ‘If you have any aspirations of repeating (as section champs), you can’t coast,’” said Headley, who added his team is its own worst enemy.
“Any team other than Ossining (we lose to), it’s because we beat ourselves,” he said.
Best of the rest: Maddie Eck scored 16 points for Rye in a 51-39 win against Rye Country Day. … Lucy Bancone had 25 points and nine rebounds for Byram Hills in a 70-67 league win over Westlake. … Jalay Knowles had 29 points and 12 rebounds for Ossining in an 89-47 win against Boys & Girls of Brooklyn. … Kiera Hennessy had 19 points and 13 rebounds for Kennedy in a 57-55 loss at the buzzer to Mary Louis.