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No. 2 Admirals Overwhelm Clarkstown North

By Sean McGee
Special to HVSR

FREEDOM PLAINS – It would take the Clarkstown North High School girls basketball team 11 minutes to get its first point of the game Saturday.

That’s how dominant the Arlington defense was.

The second-seeded Admirals’ high-intensity defense that turned into offense would just be too much for the No. 15 Rams to handle, and Arlington parlayed that into a 71-20 victory in a Section 1, Class AA first-round game.

The Admirals will host No. 10 John Jay on Friday in a quarterfinal matchup.

“Honestly the defense is what produces most of our points, so I think just with our whole team defense, I was able to produce on offense,” said senior captain Molly Stephens. “We rely on our defense because we know offensively its possible to have an off day, but if we always bring our defense were going to be able to produce [points].”

By halftime the game was over as the Rams would need a miracle to overcome a 27-point deficit in 16 minutes.

“Anytime we can get what we call easy buckets off our defense is huge. Especially with the competition we’re going to be seeing the next couple of games, any easy points we can get we will take,” said Arlington head basketball coach Kim Costello.




Once again, the Admirals would go to its bench early on as every player stepped on the court in the first half alone. Which is crucial in keeping starters fresh for their tournament run.

“Its been nice, the last two games we have been able to get a good rotation going. It’s good for our starters to get them still playing, but not having them to exert too much energy,” said Costello. “Then we have the bench, which has been doing great all year for us in practice and in games, so it’s nice to reward them with a little more playing time too.”

There would be only one Admiral player who did not put the ball through the basket as almost everyone scored. Stephens would put up 18 points in limited minutes for Arlington, showing off her impressive scoring ability.

“She [Stephens] is obviously our go to, which everybody knows, so everybody’s defense is going to be geared to stopping Molly,” said Costello. “We just need other people to step up. There’s always four other people on that court that can score, so we need them to get more offensive-minded.”

Mia Castillo scored 10 points for Arlington, while Julia Russo would add 10 points off the bench.




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