If there was ever a time to start peaking, the week before sectionals would be a good place.
That’s the case for Harrison, which defeated visiting Fox Lane 52-44 in the first round of the Dick McDonald Tournament on Thursday for its second big win of the week.
The Huskies defeated Horace Greeley 56-50 on Tuesday. Harrison heads to Woodlands to face the Falcons in the tournament final Saturday at 3 p.m.
“The girls are starting to buy in,” Harrison coach Louis Kail said. “That’s all you can ask.”
Kail credited seniors Paige Brabant (12 points) and Kyle Lefkowitz (nine points) with leading the change. He also said the Huskies’ improvements on defense have led to their recent success.
“The defense has really started to pick up in intensity,” Kail said. “The girls have realized good defense leads to easier offensive execution.”
Despite falling behind 16-5 in the first, Harrison outscored the Foxes 26-15 in the second and third quarters to build a 39-31 lead heading into the fourth.
Jessica Scazzaro had 11 points for the Huskies while teammate Erica Dattero added nine. Fox Lane was led by Haley Gallagher (14 points) and Hannah Bradsell (13 points).
Best of the rest: Faith Lovett had 19 points in Westlake’s 71-33 win at Rye Neck. … Josie Amerson had 19 points and 10 rebounds in Holy Child’s 44-38 win against visiting Portledge. … Naya Williams had 29 points in Masters’ 51-48 win against visiting St. Luke’s. … Ciera Rivera had 30 points in North Rockland’s 92-28 win against visiting East Ramapo. … Shayna Davner scored 21 points for Edgemont, including her 1,000th point, in a 57-52 win at Eastchester. … Jordan Amorelli scored 14 points for Pelham in a 48-35 win against Hastings. … Lucy Bancone scored 17 points for Byram Hills in a 62-49 win against Croton-Harmon. … Jalay Knowles scored 25 points for Ossining in a 66-38 win against Rye. … Latisha Clark scored 21 points for Peekskill in a 58-28 win against Lakeland. … Gabby Rosenzweig scored 16 points for Somers in a 50-22 win against Carmel. … Amanda Kiriakos had 12 points in Saunders’ 43-26 win over visiting Lincoln.