They were better on the boards, better with their shots, better with the ball, better conditioned, and pretty much better in every other facet of the game.
The Albertus Magnus Falcons were the better team against Tappan Zee on Thursday night, and everyone in the host’s packed gym knew it.
“I didn’t think we played great; we played well enough to win, and I thought our girls did a good job on (Jill) Lynch and (Kristen) McLaughlin,” Falcons coach Pat Buckley said after a convincing 58-36 win over league foe Tappan Zee. “Kristen still hurt us, but to hold (Tappan Zee) to 36 points … defensively, we’re doing some good things.”
McLaughlin, who scored her 1,000th career point on Tuesday, scored a game-high 23 points on Thursday. Lynch was held to seven points, six of which came in the first quarter.
Falcons senior point guard Kelly Guarino was sensational, recording the only double-double of the game with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Guarino was one of four seniors honored on senior night — joining Ryan Doherty, Meg Confrey and Christine O’Riordan. Each of the four players received flowers, a framed photo and a personal cardboard cutout of her face during the pregame ceremonies.
“It was great to come out with a win for our last (regular-season) home game for the seniors,” said Guarino, a four-year varsity player. “We’ll probably have one (playoff) home game, at least.”
Buckley was overcome with emotion during his speech to the players, who are the first group he has coached throughout their high school careers in his four years at the school.
“They care about each other, and have made our program better not because they’re great basketball players, but because they’re good people,” Buckley said.
Junior Madison McGrath added 11 points in the win. Doherty, who recently committed to St. Thomas Aquinas College, chipped in with 10 points. O’Riordan and Confrey both started alongside their classmates.