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MAHOPAC GIRLS CLAMP DOWN IN SECOND HALF

No. 5 Indians Face Big Test In Sectional Quarterfinals

MAHOPAC – The Mahopac High School girls basketball team broke away from a halftime tie on Saturday, and the fifth-seeded Indians clamped down on defense for a 57-35 victory over No. 12 Ketcham in the first round of the Section 1, Class AA playoffs.

That sets up a quarterfinal matchup on Friday at No. 4 Albertus Magnus, a traditional power in the section.

“We will have a real tough game against Albertus Magnus next,” said Mahopac standout Mel DeMeo, who had 15 points against RCK. “They have very strong guards that we will have to try and slow down.”

But that’s Friday.

For now, Mahopac will enjoy a strong second-half performance that got the team to this point.

 

 

 

“I felt we did a good job on the press getting some turnovers and easy baskets,” DeMeo said. “We had to try and get out on their shooters. We controlled the boards, and we hit some big shots down the stretch.”

Caitlyn O’Boyle had 18 points and 20 rebounds for Mahopac, Julie DeBrocky tossed in 13 points, and Mia Klammer had six points and six steals.

“The game overall was one of our best defensively in my opinion,” O’Boyle said. “We played great on both sides, but I think our defense was the reason for the win. The second half was great offensively for us, but not letting the other team get their own runs was more important.”

O’Boyle’s rebounding prowess certainly was a key.

“Boxing out is the most important step for me. I just try to be quick off my feet and be the first person to the ball,” she said. “On offense, I concentrate on my footwork most and try to put my hands in the best position to catch a pass. I use my body to the best of my ability to take up the most space.”

Cali Chiocchi led RCK with 17 points and Abby Mealy tallied 12.

     

 

 

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