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VALLEY CENTRAL, N.Y. – On the first day back from holiday break, students typically don't take tests. But the Arlington girls basketball squad wasn't so lucky. The Admirals traveled to unbeaten Monroe-Woodbury for their biggest test of the season on Tuesday.
Any fears of failure were assuaged quickly, as Arlington (7-1) jumped out to a 12-0 lead and coasted to a 48-24 win over the Lady Crusaders (5-1).
“We’ve started games well all season long, so that wasn’t unexpected,” Coach Kim Costello said. “We worked hard during the last couple practices, and we’re happy to play well on our first day back at school.”
The Admirals suffered their first and only loss last week during the Slam Dunk to Pearl River and had to stew about the loss over New Year’s weekend. Needless to say, they were happy to kick 2012 off with a victory.
“We were excited to come back with a big win (after the loss last week),” Jackie Rywalt said. “We had good energy during the whole game and never let up.”
Arlington scored easy buckets in the paint throughout the game by using great court vision to find the open player. The Admirals hit 20 field goals in the victory, and there was an assist on 19 of them. Rywalt, the team’s junior point guard, led the way with eight assists.
“We’re definitely a team over the individual type of group,” Rywalt said. “It helps when everyone can convert open looks.”
Costello also appreciates the unselfish play.
“I love that we’re so unselfish, we’re almost too unselfish sometimes,” Costello said. “But it’s definitely what makes us dangerous because we have five scoring threats on the floor at a time.”
The unselfish play leads to a diverse box score, as ten different players put the ball in the basket for Arlington. Nicole Spaulding had a game-high 14 points to go along with seven rebounds and two blocks. Jocelyn Strack added eight points and eight rebounds in the victory.
Monroe-Woodbury’s Kerrie Walsh finished with a team-high seven points.
Now, Arlington moves onto the second half of its season.
“We start league play on Friday against a tough John Jay-EF team, our rival,” Costello said. “It was good to get a win under our belt before going on the road to Jay. We definitely have some confidence now.”
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