IRVINGTON – The uniform — both jersey and shorts — were new.
The attitude, though, was the same.
When Lindsay Halpin re-entered the Class B sectional quarterfinal game between No. 1 Irvington and No. 8 Woodlands Wednesday, the blood that she’d left the court wearing earlier in the second quarter was gone.
But a bandage and left-eyebrow-area puffiness served as a reminder of an unintentional Woodlands knee to her head during a loose-ball scramble.
Before re-entering the game, Halpin got word that post-game stitches were possible.
But once she was back on the court, she played with the same fire, diving with a Woodlands player for yet another loose ball.
Before the game ended, Halpin would be on the floor again but, moreover, would be in the score book over and over again.
The sophomore had a career-high 32 points — 27 after her injury — to lead the Bulldogs to a 71-57 win over last year’s sectional champions.
“I’ve been coaching 39 years and that’s probably one of the most courageous performances I’ve ever seen in my life,” Irvington coach Gina Maher said.
Irvington, 19-1, will face No. 4 Pleasantville n the Section I Class B semifinals at the County Center Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
Woodlands, which finished 8-10, didn’t look anything like an under-.500 team.
The Falcons were led by eighth-grader Teisha Hyman, who had 25 points, mixing inside drives with three 3-pointers.
Hyman, who had a couple of beautiful court-length assists, pulled the Falcons to within five at 37-32 with a steal and bucket early in the third quarter.
Sophomore Jasmine Michaux (11 points) made it a 40-36 game a couple of minutes later with an offensive rebound and putback. But Woodlands couldn’t draw any closer. Laura DiCampli scored her only bucket inside off a Halpin inbounds pass, Roxy Trama (7 points) hit a foul shot and Halpin, the only Bulldog back on a Woodlands 2-on-1 break, picked off a pass and went end-to-end to score before burying a 3-pointer.
“I just wanted to get back in,” Halpin said of her reaction to her injury.