North Rockland’s Ciera Rivera drives against Mount Vernon during the championship game of the Rich Korn Holiday tournament at North Rockland Dec. 13, 2014. North Rockland won 89-29.
THIELLS – North Rockland made it a habit of driving the lane against Mount Vernon in the championship game of the Rich Korn Holiday tournament Saturday, and the Red Raiders had little holiday traffic to worry about.
The hosts cruised to an 89-29 win over the Knights, taking home the championship plaque for the first time in two years.
Korn, who won 370 games for the Red Raiders from 1976-2003, started the tournament in 1984. North Rockland coach Kevin Metcalf and athletic director Joe Casarella agreed to name the tournament after him six years ago, when Korn was inducted into the Rockland County Hall of Fame.
Senior shooting guard Ciera Rivera led the offensive barrage with 30 points, kick-started by a 17-point first quarter. Rivera, a four-year varsity player, tied her single-game career high, matching her total from Feb. 6 against East Ramapo.
“This weekend, I think we did a really good job pushing the ball, staying wide, finding a body, boxing out — just all around I think we did great,” said Rivera, was one point shy of matching the total of her previous three games combined. “I was just feeling it all-around. I just wanted to win. I wanted to do a good job for my team; I didn’t want to let them down.”
The Red Raiders (3-1) built a 40-point lead early into the second half before coach Kevin Metcalf pulled his starters. After watching Mount Vernon against Beacon on Friday, Metcalf was surprised by Saturday’s outcome.
“We came in expecting a tight game; that’s what we preach,” Metcalf said. “We said, though, ‘If we get a chance to get out on them, let’s get out on them.’ ” Metcalf compared Mount Vernon, which boasts just two seniors, to some of his past teams, which were loaded with youthful talent.
“They’re going to be scary in a couple of years,” he said.
As impressive as North Rockland’s performance was, the fact that it did it without standout junior guard Chloe Mullarkey made it all the more profound. Metcalf said Mullarkey had a family obligation and could not attend the game.
Best of the rest: Haldane senior Allie Monteleone dropped 41 points, including the 1,000th of her career, in a 69-46 win over hosts Hamilton. …Marina Kofukugawa had 10 points for Keio in a 22-20 win over Tuckahoe at Bronxville. … Olivia Heffernan scored 17 points for Eastchester in a 53-39 win over Ursuline B. … Tara Heslin-Scott had 17 points and 12 rebounds for Kennedy in a 49-46 loss to Mary Louis. … Jalay Knowles scored 33 points for Ossining in a 74-65 loss to James Madison (Va.)in the Bahamas. … Pelham’s Ashlyn Mustafa scored 10 pointsin a 44-23 win over Hastings at Briarcliff. … Korina Guerra scored 17 points for Ursuline in a 72-64 loss to Mountain Vista. … Casey Patton scored 13 points for Nyack in a 38-37 loss to Beacon. … Emily Sanyshyn scored 13 points for Brewster in a 58-48 win at Lakeland.
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