Kevin Metcalf looks at Suffern and kind of sees a reflection of his own North Rockland team — young, talented and unpredictable.
“Suffern has got a very good young team,” the Red Raiders’ coach said. “They start a freshman and two sophomores. They’re going to be a force to be reckoned with. Suffern looks like North Rockland. Some nights they’re phenomenal and some nights you can exploit their youth. It’s learning how to be consistent.”
Maybe Metcalf’s team learned a lesson. The Red Raiders defeated the visiting Mounties 58-29 on Wednesday night after falling at Suffern by five on Monday. This time, junior forward Ciera Rivera scored 19 points and sophomore shooting guard Chloe Mullarkey added 17, helping North Rockland move to 9-5. The Mounties fell to 8-8.
“We felt we did a lot of things well against Suffern,” Metcalf said of Monday’s 58-53 setback. “As Ciera Rivera said after tonight’s game, we were consistently inconsistent over there. We just focused yesterday in practice on trying to be more consistent and trying to work together as a team.”
It paid off over the middle two quarters in the rematch. The Red Raiders outscored the Mounties 31-11 to take charge. Sophomore guard Gabby Cajou and freshman guard Naya Rivera, Ciera’s sister, played down low in a 2-3 zone and combined for 11 rebounds over those 16 minutes.
Junior point guard Olivia Burden chipped in with six points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Alexis Cohen scored eight points for Suffern.
Best of the rest: Ally Mueller had 17 points, seven rebounds and five steals in Hackley’s 47-24 win over Dalton. … Julie Kellett had 14 points, nine rebounds and five steals in Holy Child’s 46-40 loss to Greens Farms Academy.