When dissecting Irvington’s 57-19 girls basketball win Friday at Rye Neck, you need a flow chart to see all the interconnections.
Rye Neck’s head coach Cathy Toolan and assistant coache Kaitlin Degnan played under Irvington coach Gina Maher. Toolan’s sister, Barbara Constine, is one of Maher’s assistants and her brother, Mike, is the Bulldogs JV coach. Degnan’s younger sister Kelly is a freshman on the Bulldogs.
In the end, the “master” got the better of the disciples.
“Absolutely,” Toolan said. “She gets them to play, she motivates them. She has a lot of respect from her present and former players.”
Degnan enjoyed facing her former mentor.
“It’s really cool,” Degnan said. “They definitely outplayed us, they’re a great team. They make you work. She (Maher) definitely still has a couple of notches on us but we expect that.”
Lindsay Halpin scored 15 points for the Bulldogs.
Best of the rest: Jalay Knowles had 16 points, 10 rebounds and three assists in Ossining’s 96-26 win over Hen Hud at Ossining and crossed into the 1,500 point plateau for her varsity career. … Tara Berger had 16 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks in Rye Country Day’s 52-38 win over visiting Hamden Hall. … Sarah Nuckel had 20 points, five rebounds and five steals in Blind Brook’s 63-30 win at Hastings. … Josie Amerson had 17 points and 11 rebounds in Pleasantville’s 40-30 win over visiting Briarcliff. … Sammy Mueller had 22 points, five rebounds, five assists, five steals and two blocks in Hackley’s 42-25 win over visiting Fieldston. … Victoria Hanley scored 22 points in Holy Child’s 50-30 win at Portledge.