BARDONIA — They were better on the boards, better with their shots, better with the ball, better conditioned, and pretty much better in every other facet of the game.
Albertus Magnus was the better team against Tappan Zee on Thursday night, and everyone in the host’s packed gym knew it.
“I didn’t think we played great; we played well enough to win and I thought our girls did a good job on (Jill) Lynch and (Kristen) McLaughlin,” Falcons coach Pat Buckley said after a convincing 58-36 win over league foe Tappan Zee. “Kristen still hurt us, but to hold (Tappan Zee) to 36 points … defensively, we’re doing some good things.”
McLaughlin, who scored her 1,000th career point on Tuesday, scored a game-high 23 points on Thursday. Lynch was held to seven points, six of which came in the first quarter.
Falcons senior point guard Kelly Guarino was sensational, recording the only double-double of the game with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Guarino (pictured below, far right) was one of four seniors honored on senior night — joining Ryan Doherty (second from right), Meg Confrey (second from left) and Christine O’Riordan (far left). All four players received flowers, a framed photo and a personal cardboard cutout of their faces, during the pregame ceremonies.
“It was great to come out with a win for our last (regular-season) home game for the seniors,” said Guarino, a four-year varsity player. “We’ll probably have one (playoff) home game, at least.”
Buckley was overcome with emotion during his speech to the girls, who are the first group of players he coached throughout their high school careers in his four years at the school.
“They care about each other, and have made our program better not because they’re great basketball players, but because they’re good people,” Buckley said.
Junior Madison McGrath added 11 points in the win. Doherty, who recently committed to St. Thomas Aquinas College, chipped in with 10 points. O’Riordan and Confrey both started alongside their classmates.
All photos from this game were taken by Peter Carr of The Journal News. Click here to view the entire photo gallery. Video recap shot and edited by Mike Zacchio of The Journal News.