North Salem boys and girls basketball teams each take 2nd place in Booster Club Basketball Tourney

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Photo by Benjamin Allen, HudValley Photo

Both of North Salem High School’s varsity basketball teams made it to their respective championship games in this weekend’s Booster Club Basketball Tournament, but ultimately fell to their competitors. The girls team lost to Bronxville 34-26 and the boys lost to Blind Brook 52-40.

North Salem captain Jack Litchfield pulls up for a jumper. (Photo by Sergej Zoubok)

Chris Regan, head coach for the boys’ team, had anticipated a tough battle heading into Saturday’s game. “Blind Brook is a complete team,” he told the North Salem Post. “We played them earlier in the season and played a terrific first half but a not so good second half.”

Freshman Max Cotrone drives the lane. (Photo by Sergej Zoubok)

In Saturday’s game, Blind Brook finished 12 points ahead of the Tigers. Senior Jack Litchfield put up 13 points for North Salem. Junior Matthew Moia was the second leading scorer with 10 points and 19 rebounds.

Matthew Moia goes up. (Photo by Sergej Zoubok)

In the girls game, the Tigers put up a strong fight against Bronxville. Coach Matt Mackenzie said that the team’s goal heading into the tournament had been to make it to the championship game. 

Emma Zoubok looks to pass. (Benjamin Allen, HudValley Photo)

“The girls have put in a lot of time and effort this year to get to where we are,” he said. Ultimately though, turnovers caught up with them, and the girls finished 8 points behind the Broncos at the end of the game.

Dana Connolly fights for position. (Benjamin Allen, HudValley Photo)

Four Tigers were named to the All Tournament Team for their contributions on the court. For the boys, senior Jack Litchfield and freshman Max Cotrone earned the honors.

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For the girls, it was senior Emma Zoubok and junior Jaiden Donovan. 

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"We'd like to give a special thank you to our Booster Club for all of the hard work they put into running this wonderful weekend. Without them, none of this is possible," said Coach Mackenzie, adding, "we'd also like to thank all those who are part of North Salem Youth Basketball for their involvement this weekend and for supporting the team."

The girls are back on the court Tuesday at home against Alexander Hamilton at 4:45 p.m. The boys will next play 7:00 p.m. Friday at Haldane.

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