Haldane boys’ defense shuts down Spackenkill

Allie Monteleone, right with flowers, during pregame ceremony
Allie Monteleone, right with flowers, during pregame ceremony

Playing in her final regular season home game on Senior Night at Haldane, basketball star Allie Monteleone, the only senior on the Lady Blue Devils varsity team, was recognized in a pregame ceremony by her coaches, family, teammates and friends for her tremendous basketball career at Haldane.

In the game that followed, the Lady Blue Devils needed overtime to put away a determined North Salem team. The Tigers (1-4), with a short bench, played tough basketball all game and gave the Blue Devils (9-6) everything they had. As the Tigers took the lead late in the fourth quarter on clutch free throws, you could see the home crowd and the North Salem supporters in attendance wondering if an upset was in the making.

Monteleone was not about to let that happen. She took control of the game and pushed her team to victory in overtime, making great passes, hitting key shots and basically wearing out a tough opponent. In the end, Monteleone and her Lady Blue Devil teammates walked away with a 58-53 victory. Leading scorers for Haldane were Monteleone, 29 points, and Allison Chiera, 12 points.

Monteleone will be attending Pace University in the fall on a basketball scholarship.

Haldane defense shuts down Spackenkill

Haldane boys basketball coach Joe Virgadamo discusses strategy with his players in win over Spackenkill.
Haldane boys basketball coach Joe Virgadamo discusses strategy with his players in win over Spackenkill.

The Haldane varsity boys basketball team played a very good Spackenkill Spartans team in the opening game in the Officials vs. Cancer Tournament held at Dutchess Community College this past weekend (Jan. 31). Tenacious defense by the Blue Devils (11-4) kept the game close and allowed Haldane to eventually pull away in the second half from the Spartans (7-3) for a 55-41 victory.

The Blue Devils were led by Edmund Fitzgerald, 23 points, 15 rebounds; Peter Hoffmann, 13 points; and Garret Quigley, 11 points, 10 rebounds.

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