By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer
Feb. 7, 2018: The Bronxville girls’ basketball team entertained the fans last Thursday with a convincing 46-31 win over Rye Neck. In the first half of the game, the Broncos scored 29 and held the Panthers to just 9 points thanks to tough Bronco defense. Senior Ashley Kaye was the top scorer, with 13 points, and seniors Allie Berkery and Nan Carpenter had six apiece.
Ashley Kaye (20) in the win against Rye Neck. Photo by J. Murrer.
It was fan night at the Bronxville-Rye Neck game, and elementary school fans were encouraged to attend. Fourth-grader Sam Bright opened the game by playing the national anthem on his Bronco blue electric guitar, and elementary school-age girls from the St. Joseph’s CYO basketball program played an exhibition game at half-time. At the end of the game, young fans ran across the court and patiently waited in line to get autographs from the varsity players.
Sam Bright playing the national anthem prior to the game. Photo by Anthony Vaglica.
The varsity players sign autographs for elementary school fans. Photo by J. Murrer.
A young fan had a chance to get an autograph from his favorite player. Photo by J. Murrer.
The Broncos’ fan night was a fundraiser for Hoops for Heart. Tee shirts, beads, and other items were sold at the door, and the proceeds were donated to the American Heart Association. Both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams raised close to $1,000.
Elementary school boys wearing Hoops for Heart tee shirts. Photo by J. Murrer.
In the past two weeks, the Bronco girls’ varsity team has won six consecutive games, including wins against league opponents Edgemont, Blind Brook, Rye Neck, and Keio. In the game against Edgemont on January 26, the Broncos were down early in the second quarter, 29-12, but came back to defeat the Panthers 41-40 in overtime. Berkery had 15 points and 3 assists, Kaye had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and freshman Stella Daskalakis had 15 rebounds. With that win, the Broncos moved into a tie for first place in their league.
On Monday, the Broncos defeated Keio, 41-32, and will play the Unicorns again today. The girls will finish the regular season on Friday at the Bronco Bonanza with a game against Blind Brook. Game time is 5:00 pm. The seeding meeting for the playoffs will take place next week.
Photos rotating at top by J. Murrer