Mike Kiers spent a decade as head coach of Our Lady of Victory in Dobbs Ferry, reaching the playoffs in each season, including two trips to the CHSAA Class B state final before the school closed in 2011.
So when he took the job at Maria Regina this summer, the Tigers — a 4-16 team last year — appeared to have the right man for the job. After notching its 10th win of the season on Saturday, Maria Regina could be even more certain it was right to go with its gut on Kiers.
“Looking at the squad, it had a lot of young players from last year,” Kiers said after a 45-35 win over Ursuline B. “The talent grew a little bit over the summer.”
Damonae Hargrove scored a game-high 17 points for the Tigers. Bobbi Lynn Toscano added 11. Maria Regina (10-8) is currently on the bubble for one of the eight playoff spots among the league’s 12 teams with six games remaining.
During his two-year hiatus from coaching, Kiers started officiating games. Now back on the sidelines, Kiers said he has a better understanding of the game and a newfound appreciation for the referees.
“You see who’s supposed to make the calls. I learned rules I didn’t know about and you really see how hard they work,” he said. “It’s a thankless job. You can do a good job and never get rewarded.”
Best of the rest: Ciera Rivera scored a career-high 24 points for North Rockland in an 82-46 win against Nyack. … Allie Monteleone scored 15 points for Haldane in a 47-23 win against Pawling. … Alanna Morque scored 14 points for Rye in a 46-43 win at Mamaroneck. … Alayne Felix scored 16 points for Mahopac in a 53-31 win against Carmel. … Natalie Alfieri (24 points) and Faith Lovett (21 points, all on 3-pointers) led Westlake to a 76-67 win onver Cathedral in the championship game of the Kathy Mayer Classic.