Both teams struggle early in season

By Skip Pearlman

The Haldane High School girls’ basketball team picked up its first win last week, defeating Beacon, 41-34, on Dec. 8 in the consolation game of a tournament hosted by Walter Panas High School in Cortlandt Manor.

The Blue Devils opened the tournament with a 59–31 loss to Panas, while Beacon fell in the first round to Mahopac, 66-34, with sophomore Dior Gillins scoring 18.

Haldane’s Julia Rotando defends an inbound pass against Blind Brook on Dec. 10. (Photo by Scott Warren)

This week, Haldane lost, 49-40, to Blind Brook on Monday (“It was a game we should have won,” said Coach Tyrone Searight) and to Edgemont, 45–25, on Wednesday, to fall to 1-4.

Haldane trailed Edgemont by three points, 19-16, at halftime, but the Blue Devils couldn’t find the basket in the third and were outscored, 19-0.

“That’s the story of the game,” said Searight. “Our intensity was not there.”

Olivia McDermott had 12 points for the Blue Devils, while Bela Monteleone had 13 in the loss to Blind Brook and 10 in the victory over Beacon.

Haldane is scheduled to play today (Dec. 14) in a tournament at Croton-Harmon High School against Dobbs Ferry, and again on Saturday against the winner of the other match-up between Croton and Carmel.

Beacon, which lost to Somers on Tuesday to fall to 0-5, is scheduled to host Byram Hills on Saturday at 11 a.m. and Harrison on Monday, Dec. 17.

Behind The Story

Type: News

News: Based on facts, either observed and verified directly by the reporter, or reported and verified from knowledgeable sources.

Pearlman, a native of Carmel, was the sports editor of the Putnam County Courier in Carmel for 14 years and for the North County News in Yorktown Heights for 13 years. Location: Cold Spring. Languages: English. Area of expertise: Sports