WHITE PLAINS – When you factor in the fact that Scarsdale can’t seem to field a healthy team this year, it’s almost inconceivable to think that the Raiders are undefeated and state-ranked, with no sign of stopping.
Rachel Cohen, arguably the team’s top player, missed three weeks with a slight concussion. While she was out, junior Julia Zucker tore her ACL and will miss the remainder of the season. When Cohen returned, Lindsay Kramer fractured her thumb. After missing a week, Kramer returned with a brace. One game later, the Raiders were down another player after senior captain Dana Maroney suffered a possible broken nose and concussion during Wednesday’s 49-30 win at White Plains.
“You never get used to it,” Scarsdale coach Mike Blanco said. “Dana has been like a rock for our team; she’s really the person who sets a tremendous example for the other kids.” Blanco said that Maroney, who left in street clothes during the third quarter, was taken to the hospital to be treated.
Blanco added that Maroney has been playing the season with an injured iliotibial band, commonly known as the “IT” band, in her leg and that doctors want to operate on her. Blanco said that Maroney plays in pain every day but refuses to sit. “I made her rest (Tuesday),” he said. “I had to keep her off the court.”
Cohen led all scorers Wednesday with 17 points, all of which were scored in the first three quarters. Kramer added 13 points. Izzy LaCarbonara paced White Plains with 11 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.
Second-year Tigers coach Tara Flaherty said the girls were tired after playing five games in eight days.
In the big picture, the season is already an overwhelming success for White Plains (8-4), which went a combined 2-34 the last two seasons.
Scarsdale’s Rachel Cohen (21) goes up for layup as Kathleen Rooney (10) of White Plains guards her during girls basketball at White Plains High School on Jan. 14, 2015. Scarsdale defeated White Plains 49-30.
“It’s great. It’s great for the program. It’s great for the girls on the team, especially our upperclassmen who haven’t been able to get the wins the last couple of years,” said Flaherty, a Hastings alum. “It’s definitely hard going into such a tough league when you’ve got three out of the top-10 teams in the section, but it’s good for our program, so we’re stressing to our players and definitely the families around: ‘Be positive, encourage them.’ “
“They expect to win now, and to compete, and so a game like (Wednesday), it hurts a little bit,” she added.
Best of the rest: Saunders’ Amanda Kiriakos scored 30 points in a 42-36 win over Yonkers. … Byram Hills’ Ashley Polera scored 16 points in a 44-43 win over Pelham. … Rye’s Katie Popp scored 17 points (13-of-15 free throws) in a 51-38 win over Harrison. … Bobbi Lynn Toscano and Kaitlyn Downey each scored 15 points for Maria Regina in a 61-50 win over Preston. … North Rockland’s Gabby Cajou and Ciera Rivera each scored 19 points in an 85-30 win over East Ramapo.