Girls basketball: Paul clutch for Tappan Zee over Pearl River; more results

Girls basketball: Paul clutch for Tappan Zee over Pearl River; more results


Girls basketball: Paul clutch for Tappan Zee over Pearl River; more results


Amanda Paul wasn’t having a great game. Pulled, she spent a good deal of the first half riding the bench, cheering for her Tappan Zee teammates.

But basketball is a game of two halves, and for Paul, it was a game of two stories.

The junior forward pulled down an offensive rebound and sank her game-tying follow-up shot while being fouled with 7.8 seconds to play Sunday. Then Paul smiled and calmly sank her free throw.

A last-second chance by the Pirates clanged off the rim. Final score: No. 9 Tappan Zee 53, No. 8 Pearl River 52.

“It’s always a thriller when we play Pearl River,” Tappan Zee coach Tom Cromer said, noting that his squad had trailed from the start.

Pearl River, which had blown an 11-point fourth-quarter lead in losing to Tappan Zee last month, led the Class A first-round sectional game on its home court by 12 at the half.

That was thanks in large part to Sam Alicandri, who hit for 17 of her game-high 27 points in that half. Alicandri was all over the place, pulling down eight rebounds and recording four steals.

But Tappan Zee fought back behind Fairfield University-bound Kristen McLaughlin, who had 25 points, and junior Jill Lynch, who added 15.

Of Paul’s last-minute heroics, Cromer said, “It’s a prime example of someone maybe not playing their best but never getting down. … She’s a very hard worker and a very positive person. When she played in the second half, she was in the right place at the right time.

“I knew she was going to make it,” he added of her free throw.

Cromer also praised McLaughlin and Paul’s defense.

The win means Tappan Zee (13-7) will play at No. 1 seed Beacon at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday.

“They’re very athletic, very fast, very physical,” Cromer said of the 16-2 Bulldogs. “Obviously, we’re going to have to bring our ‘A’ game on both sides — offense and defense — and hope for the best.”

Ossining 81, Carmel 29: In a first-round Class AA game at No. 1 Ossining, Jalay Knowles poured in 26 points and Shadeen Samuels added 11 for the Pride. Kelly Oliver led the 16th-seeded Rams with eight points. The Pride will host No. 8 New Rochelle in the quarterfinals Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Horace Greeley 66, Mamaroneck 63, OT: In a first-round Class AA game at No. 4 Greeley, Lauren Brown had 18 points and teammate Sam Srinivasan added 15 for the Quakers. Aliza Kantor hit for 26 points and Amanda Bayer 17 for the 13th-seeded Tigers. The Quakers will host No. 5 Ursuline in the quarterfinals Thursday.

Mahopac 69, Scarsdale 49: In a first-round Class AA game at No. 7 Mahopac, Caroline Horan had 17 points, Courtney McCormack had 15, and Mairead Hynes had 14 for the Indians, who led by 13 at the half. Alexis Kline and Abby McDonald each had 14 points for No. 10 Scarsdale. Mahopac will visit No. 3 Clarkstown South in the quarterfinals Thursday.

Clarkstown South 69, Yorktown 45: In a first-round Class AA game at No. 3 Clarkstown South, Laura Castaldo had 29 points and 11 rebounds for the 19-0 Vikings. Erin Kelly added 10 points and seven rebounds. The Vikings will host No. 6 Arlington in the quarterfinals Thursday.

Westlake 69, Palisade Prep 30: In a first-round Class B game at No. 2 Westlake, Natalie Alfieri had 16 points and Faith Lovett added 14. Kayla Cortinas and Taijah Pink each had 11 points for No. 15 Palisade Prep. The Wildcats will host No. 7 Woodlands in the quarterfinals.

Briarcliff 58, Rye Neck 35: In a first-round Class B game at No. 3 Briarcliff, Sabrina Panarese had 20 points to pace the Bears. Grace Orr and Jackie Contento each added nine. Alexa Garcia led the No. 14 Panthers with 10 points. The Bears will host No. 6 Valhalla in the quarterfinals Tuesday.


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