There was the one-point loss to Peekskill. And there were losses to crosstown Ursuline (twice) and Dutchess’s Lourdes.
The common denominator for New Rochelle was one cold-shooting quarter. Ice cold.
Yes, in its four losses, the New Rochelle girls basketball game had a quarter in which it scored between one and six points.
It’s tough to win that way. And yet, those games were the exception as the Huguenots compiled a 14-4 record. It’s a great record but one that netted it only an eighth seed in AA.
“That’s pretty tough. But we know we only have ourselves to blame,” coach Bruce Daniele said. If his group gets by North Rockland Sunday – and that’s a big if since the Red Raiders are just one seed down at No. 9 – it will have a tough road ahead with No. 1 (16-2) Ossining and inside force Jalay Knowles next up.
New Rochelle is expected to rely a lot on senior point guard Amirror Dixon Sunday. She’s a four-year varsity member and leads New Rochelle in both scoring and assists.
“She’s really our go-to player,” Daniele said, noting Dixon is great at driving the lane but can also sink the occasional 3-pointer.
Danielle sees many similarities between his club and North Rockland – a love of running the floor and an ability to hit from outside being two.
It will play the Red Raiders largely man-to-man. Sydney Pinn will draw the unenviable assignment of trying to guard North Rockland’s junior captain Ciera Rivera. Rivera has had five 20-plus-point and one 30-point game this season.
Weather delays haven’t helped anyone. New Rochelle finally got some practice time Saturday but Daniele allowed it was hard to get his squad focused, with his kids having been off from school at the end of the week.
“It’s going to be a dogfight,” he predicted of Sunday’s game. … “Hopefully tomorrow they know what the stakes are and will snap out of it.”
— Nancy Haggerty