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Indians Make A Statement With Signature Win

POUGHKEEPSIE – This was a simple thought process for the Mahopac High School girls basketball team.

The Indians already knew they could play with mighty Our Lady of Lourdes, as evidenced by a slim two-point loss to the Warriors last month.

Now they know they can win.

Mahopac made a statement on Thursday night with a signature victory, a 64-57 decision over OLL on the Warriors’ home floor.

“We couldn’t hold on to our lead last game and let it slip away from us,” Indians’ standout Caitlyn O’Boyle said. “That was the one thing we did not want to do tonight.”

They didn’t.

Even after Lourdes came from seven points down in the fourth quarter to tie it, Mahopac immediately responded with seven straight points of its own to take back control of the game.

The Indians are now 13-6 overall and 6-3 in the league. Mahopac can’t win the league crown – but it certainly did enough to state its case as a potential sleeper in the upcoming Section 1, Class AA playoffs.

“This win means so much. All these girls work so hard and try their best every day, and to beat Lourdes is such an accomplishment because they are also a very good team,” ‘Pac’s Mia Klammer said.

O’Boyle had a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds, and Klammer also had 14 points. Kristina Rush tallied 12 points for the Indians, Lauren Beberman scored nine and Mel DeMeo had eight.

The balance did not go unnoticed.

“I think the key for us to was to continue to move the ball quickly and take our shots.  This team has a lot of talent and it shows best when we move the ball as much as possible,” O’Boyle said. “We have great shooters and it showed tonight. Everything was great, the passing, cutting, shots and finishing at the basket.”

Lourdes, now 14-4 overall and 7-1 in the league, was led by Ava Learn’s 26 points. Sofia Feigelson added 15 and Skyler Felice scored eight.

“We got totally outplayed on both sides of the ball,” OLL coach Al Viani said. “We didn’t play well defensively, and offensively we took some poor shots and made some bad decisions.”


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