Even though I’ll be at Albertus Magnus tonight, there will be a few games to keep your eye on today.
Obviously the Tappan Zee-Albertus Magnus game is one. Two of the hottest Class A teams in the second half tip at 6 p.m. The Dutchies are currently in a rough patch, dropping back-to-back games to Nyack and Nanuet, but could bounce back huge with a win on the road. The Falcons have been playing very well down the stretch, most recently an impressive road win at North Rockland. Madison McGrath has found her stoke in a big way, Chontel Fils has blossomed, Kelly Guarino is the stud she has been all year, and Ryan Doherty, recently committed to STAC, should play more comfortably with her college decision behind her.
Across the bridge, Ossining will begin the first of two back-to-back games against the two Section 1 teams that have given it the toughest time this year — Rye and Horace Greeley. After edging the Garnets by four points in their first rendezvous, Ossining knows that Denis Hurlie’s squad — which is playing stellar basketball this year — will be flooring it on Thursday. Rye knows it can at least hang with the reigning Class AA state champions, which can be a help or hinder entering today’s contest.
Another match to keep an eye out on is Harrison-Fox Lane. The Huskies are coming off a massive upset against Horace Greeley and will be flooded with momentum going into the Fox Den. The Foxes, who have been up-and-down all season, may not escape with a win if they are on an off night. Fox Lane pulled out a one-point nail-biter with Blind Brook on Tuesday, so it should be pretty confident today. I’m riding the Huskies’ momentum and taking Harrison by three.
With the updated games I’ve added at 11:30 a.m., there’s a few more worth watching. Edgemont senior Shayna Davner will likely score her 1,000th career point tonight at Eastchester. The guard is currently four shy of the milestone and will become the third player in program history to reach the plateau.
Much like Harrison, I’m taking Dobbs Ferry over Ardsley tonight. Coming off a huge win against Irvington, which suffered its first Section 1 Class B loss in five years, the Eagles will be home tonight and should be very confident heading into the contest. Ardsley has some excellent perimeter shooters than can give Dobbs Ferry some fits, so I’m expecting a very, very good game.
Here’s the complete schedule, along with my predictions:
Thursday, February 6
Harrison at Fox Lane, 4 p.m.
Woodlands at Port Chester, 4 p.m.
Lincoln at Saunders, 4:15 p.m.
Ardsley at Dobbs Ferry, 4:15 p.m.
North Salem at Poughkeepsie, 4:30 p.m.
Pleasantville at Blind Brook, 4:30 p.m.
Rye at Ossining, 4:30 p.m.
Solomon Schechter at Riverside, 4:30 p.m.
Valhalla at Keio, 4:30 p.m.
Westlake at Rye Neck, 4:30 p.m.
Carmel at Somers, 4:30 p.m.
Nyack at Pearl River, 4:30 p.m.
Mount Vernon at New Rochelle, 4:30 p.m.
Edgemont at Eastchester, 5 p.m.
Nanuet at Clarkstown North, 5:30 p.m.
Mahopac at John Jay, 6 p.m.
Panas at Yorktown, 6 p.m.
Haldane at Pawling, 6 p.m.
Tappan Zee at Albertus Magnus, 6 p.m.
Croton-Harmon at Byram Hills, 6:15 p.m.
Lakeland at Peekskill, 6:15 p.m.