Lady Panthers win their 8th in a row
Wallkill’s girls basketball team entered the 14-day Christmas recess with a 7-0 record. But if the layoff had anyone worried about losing momentum, it didn’t show last Friday night.
Against Saugerties Friday, Jan. 4, the Panthers found their groove early with a 10-point lead, 21-11, after the first quarter. It was a 15-0 point lead at the half before Wallkill won 62-40 to improve to 8-0.
“It was way too long. It’s unfortunate that’s how the schedule works out,” said B.J. Masopust, of the holiday break.“It’s natural to be that concerned when you have that many days off.”
Lisa Bouffard had 16 points in the first half, but she fired off a series of missed shots at the end of the second quarter before coming back with eight points in the second half to lead Wallkill with 24 points.
“She shot her way out of it,” said Masopust, of Bouffard’s late first half slump.
Along with Bouffard’s 24 points, Heather Kiczek scored 12 points and Christine Benken scored 11 points points for Wallkill’s threesome in double figures.
“They played the whole 32 minutes and did a pretty good job,” said Masopust.
Hayley Spoljaric led Saugerties with 16 points.
Wallkill with play New Paltz and Rondout before facing Highland, Red Hook and Marlboro back to back through Feb. 1.
“Those are teams we struggled against last year, so it will be a really great challenge for us,” said Masopust, of Red Hook, Highland and Marlboro.
By Bond Brungard