Scognamiglio Scoring Record Highlights Busy Sports Weekend

Pearl River also competed in the Rockland County Championships in wrestling and indoor track and field this past weekend.

Pearl River senior Christa Scognamiglio's teammates sent her out of the locker room before Saturday's home game against Burke Catholic.

Fellow senior Nicole Grossbard needed to fill them in on Head Coach Lorraine Moylan's little secret -- Scognamiglio needed only three points to break the school's career scoring record that day, not 18 as Moylan had been telling everybody. 

"Coach Moylan hid that from all of us," Grossbard said. "I got here early and she told me to let the girls know."

"She didn't know before the game," Moylan said of Scognamiglio. "Everybody else knew so they could celebrate and jump on her or whatever."

In fact, it was Scognamiglio's teammates who first said something after she scored the record-breaking layup with 4:39 remaining in the first quarter of a 63-29 victory.

"I think they appreciate her," Moylan said. "They see how hard she works in practice. They are really happy for her."

"I'm so proud of her," said Grossbard, who played with Scognamiglio on the varsity for four seasons before missing this one with a knee injury. "She worked so hard for this." 

She had plenty of local support and at least one big fan in California -- Denise McGuire, who held the old record of 1,476 points since 1979. 

"That's a really good feeling that this lady who I don't even know in California (is cheering for me," Scognamiglio said. "Thirty years ago, she did something great and now it's my turn to do something great. It's an amazing feeling that her dad came to the game becuase she couldn't be here. I've heard that is a great family, so it's very special."

Scognamiglio is a two-time all-state selection who signed to play to Division I basketball at Fairfield.  

According to pearl River sports historian Tom Doherty, McGuire had an impressive resume of her own. She was inducted into the Rockland County Sports Hall of Fame in 1990, was the first girls basketball player in Rockland County to score over 1,000 points in her career. She was named to the Adidas Scholastic Coach Magazine All-America girls basketball team and a 1979 National Prep All-American in 1979. 

McGuire was her class Valedictorian and went on to Stanford University on a basketball scholarship. She started at point guard on two NCAA Tournament teams. 

Weekend Results:

Sport: Boys Basketball (Friday)

Game: Nyack vs. Pearl River


Highlights: Joe Clinton led Pearl River with 17 points as Kevin Degnan added 14 and Austin O’Toole tacked on 13 in the win. Deshawn Rodriguez led all scorers with 24 points in the loss.

Sport: Girls Basketball (Friday)

Game: Nyack vs. Pearl River


Highlights: Christa Scognamiglio’s led the Pirates with 14 points and Cary Sullivan tacked on 11 in the win.

Sport: Ice Hockey (Friday)

Game: Nyack/Tappan Zee vs. Pearl River

Score: Game Tied 6-6 (OT)

Highlights: Matt Wylie led Nyack/Tappan Zee with two goals and Patrick Burns scored three for Pearl River as the teams ended Friday night’s matchup in a tie.

Sport: Boys Basketball (Friday)

Game: Albertus Magnus vs. Tappan Zee


Highlights: The Dutchmen remained undefeated as they came back from a slow start to beat Albertus Magnus. Pat Peterson had 20 points while Billy O’Shea picked up 16 for Tappan Zee. Pat McGuinness led the Falcons with 17.  

Sport: Girls Basketball (Friday)

Game: Albertus Magnus vs. Tappan Zee


Highlights: Colleen Power nailed a shot in the final seconds of the game to give the Falcons the hard fought home victory. Power finished with 13 as Kelly Guarino led Albertus Magnus with 14. Erika Richards led Tappan Zee with 16.

Sport: Girls Basketball (Saturday)

Game: Burke Catholic vs. Pearl River


Highlights: Christa Scognamiglio finished the game with just seven points on the day but it gave her enough to break the Pearl River scoring record set in 1979 by Denise McGuire. Allison Cook led the Pirates with 12 points and Marissa Scognamiglio added ten in the win.

Sport: Wrestling

Game: Rockland County Championships


Highlights: Pearl River’s John Muldoon (113) beat Troy Feniger of North Rockland for the weight class’s title. Rob Gullo (152) finished in third place in his division.

Sport: Winter Track and Field

Game: Rockland County Championships (Sunday)

Score: Full Results

Pearl River Highlights: Meghan Keetley won the 1500-Meter Race Walk with a time of 7:50.4, just two-tenths of a second ahead of teammate Caitlin Lardaro. Kelly Hayes won the 1500-Meter Run with a time of 4:49.6 and finished second in the 3000. Pearl River finished third in the girls team standings, behind team champion Suffern and North Rockland.

In the boys competition, Tom Bonaro won the Boys 600-Meter Dash and Kieran Brennan won the 1000-Meter Run for Pearl River. Hans Lueders took second in the triple jump and third in the 55-Meter Hurdles for the Pirates. Suffern won the boys team championship with Pearl River coming in fourth. 

Albertus Magnus Highlights: Madison Kandoth finished in third place in the Girls Long Jump.

Today's Schedule

In bowling, Pearl River will take on Suffern at New City Lanes at 3:30 p.m.

College Notes

Dolphins hope to rebound

The College of Mount Saint Vincent women’s basketball team fell to 0-3 in overtime games after a tough 71-65 road loss at NYU-Poly in Brooklyn.

Amy Delva of Nanuet had six points, three rebounds and a pair of steals in 20 minutes for the Dolphins (5-12,1-7 Skyline Conference), who host non-conference foe Centenary (NJ) College tonight (Jan. 30). Tip-off is 6 p.m. The visitors are 13-6 on the season.

Henry a steal for Dolphins

Sophomore forward Kevin Henry of Yonkers posted a career- and game-high five steals as the College of Mount Saint Vincent men’s basketball team picked up its third straight win and its fourth in the last five games with a 63-51 road victory over NYU-POLY in Brooklyn.

The Mount Saint Vincent defense, sparked by Henry, had a strong day and forced 30 turnovers leading to a important 36-6 advantage in points off miscues. The Dolphins’ bench also continued to play a strong role, scoring 38 points.

Mount Saint Vincent, now 7-11 overall and 5-6 in Skyline Conference play, look to make it four in a row and move to the .500 mark in league play Tuesday night (Jan. 31) when they host Old Westbury (10-8). Tip-off at the Sharp Center in Riverdale is set for 7 p.m.

Jamel Little of Spring Valley is third on the team in scoring for Old Westbury, averaging 15.5 points per game. The senior guard is also averaging 4.4 rebounds, and has 14 assists and nine steals.



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