Briarcliff’s Carly Fanelli has continued to amaze both Bears fans and foes alike since joining the varsity program this season.
Her performance in Saturday’s 52-51 win at Blind Brook was just another reason why.
The freshman sank a game-tying 3-pointer with 15.6 seconds left, then sank the go-ahead free throws in the final seconds. Blind Brook had a chance to tie with eight-tenths of a second left, shooting two free throws. The Trojans made the first, then missed the second after a Briarcliff timeout.
Fanelli finished with 24 points before fouling out on the play that sent Blind Brook to the line in the final second. With Grace Orr also having already fouled out, Bears coach Don Hamlin said he “didn’t want to think about overtime without them.”
Briarcliff (10-8) defeated Blind Brook on Friday as well. Fanelli also had 24 points in that win.
Best of the rest: Kristen McLaughlin scored a career-high 41 points for Tappan Zee in a 70-45 win at Byram Hills. … Maddie Eck scored 16 for Rye in a 56-43 win at Newburgh Free Academy. … Lanay Rodney scored 11 for Peekskill in a 55-29 win over Yorktown. … Kiera Hennessy had 16 points and eight rebounds for Kennedy in a 40-38 loss to Preston. … Reena Olsen had 20 points and 12 rebounds for Putnam Valley in a 42-27 win over Pawling. … Gaby Castillo scored 20, Damonae Hargrove added 18, and Erin Thomas had 17 and forced overtime in Maria Regina’s 76-70 double-OT win over St. Joseph’s Hill Academy.