One thing Albertus Magnus (Bardonia, N.Y.) girls’ basketball team possesses is size, and it used that advantage to a tee to create mismatches down low en route to a 69-49 victory over Holy Cross (Queens, N.Y.) at Hoopers NY and Coaches Choice USA MLK tournament at Wagner High School Saturday on Staten Island.
“We try to play out of the high-low system,” Falcons head coach Pat Buckley said. “Obviously, we’re going to go at whatever the other team has as far what mismatches with Juila (Scott) and Karly (Fisher) have on the floor. And I thought Allie played great today, Falesto, our guard. So, we have a bunch of girls that can contribute, but we’re trying to play that style, definitely.”
And Albertus Magnus did, as 6-foot-2 freshman phenom center/forward Scott (6) and junior Falesto combine for 19 points to give the Falcons a 19-6 first quarter lead.
The Falcons’ inside domination continued while other team members joined the party to help build a 36-14 advantage at the break.
Fisher, a senior who is committed to Division I Fairfield University, opened the period with three buckets and Albertus Magnus went on to increase its lead to 50-26 by the end of the third quarter.
While the Knights played better in the fourth period, the Falcons did not let up as they sealed the non-league victory going away.
Scott poured in a game-high 22 points and grabbed several rebounds while Falesto contributed 20, with four successful shots from behind the arc, in Albertus Magnus’ 20-point win. Freshman guard Maddy Zuppa added nine points for the Falcons.
Gifted guard Kyara Champagne scored 20 points in Holy Cross’ defeat.
The Falcons hosts Brooklyn’s Xaverian High School at the Joe McGuiness Games Monday at 3:30 p.m.
— Jerry Del Priore
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