Pearl River High School earned a reputation as a tough place for visiting basketball teams to play, one that draws large crowds for the boys games.
That made it rare for Pearl River to be seeking its first home victory of the season Friday against Nyack, though part of that was due to the Pirates opening the season with five road games. Friday was only the Pirates' fourth contest in front of the home crowd.
"We wanted to come out with energy," senior forward Tom Davis said. "WE hadn't won a game here yet."
Davis helped the Pirates take care of that, scoring a game-high 17 points in Pearl River's 55-45 victory, the second win in a row for the Pirates (7-5). Those wins were preceeded by a three-game losing streak.
"We're coming around," Davis said.
Pearl River's next game is 7 p.m. Friday against Harrison. Most of Pearl River's varsity teams are off Monday through Thursday due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and mid-terms.
Pearl River Girls Face North Rockland
The only varsity squad in action today is the girls basketball team, which faces a test on the court 2 p.m. today against North Rockland before heading into mid-terms the rest of the week.
Pearl River was originally scheduled to play Ursuline today, but when the Koalas pulled out of the game, the second contest against the Red Raiders was added. Pearl River will play at North Rockland 4 p.m. Friday.
North Rockland enters the game 10-2 despite a young roster that features nine freshmen and sophomores. Like the Pirates, the Red Raiders are a small, quick team that can play at a fast pace.
Rockland County Indoor Track and Field Championships
Three Pearl River athletes won individual events in the Rockland County Indoor Track and Field Championships Sunday at the Armory in New York City.
Brian Cook won the 3,200-meter run in 9:39.50 and took second in the 1,600 in 4:34.50. Teammate Ben McDermott finished second in the 3,200 and third in the 1,600 for Pearl River, which finished fifth in the team standings with 51 points. Suffern won with 90.
Pearl River's Aidan Miller took third in the pole vault with a height of 11-6.
In the girls meet, Kayla Clohessy and Amanda Moroney each won an event. Clohessy won the long jup with a distance of 16-0 and took fourth in the 55 hurdles. Moroney won the 55 hurdles (8.73) and finished fifth in the triple jump.
Junior Kelly Hayes took second place in both the 1,500 and 3,000, both events won by Suffern's Kate Zendell. Kristen McAdams took third in the 1,500 Race Walk and the Pirates took third in the 4X400 Relay.
Pearl River finished third in the team standings in the girls meet with 78.5 points. Suffern won easily with 141.
Pearl River Hockey Wins Again
Connor McMorrow scored a hat trick to lead the Pearl River ice hockey team to a 6-3 victory over Dobbs Ferry/Irvington/Sleepy Hollow Saturday, running the Pirates' winning streak to three games. Pearl River's record is now 5-8.
- North Rockland at Pearl River girls basketball, 2 p.m.
- Pearl River girls basketball at North Rockland, 4 p.m.
- Harrison at Pearl River boys basketball, 7 p.m.
- Pearl River ice hockey vs. Byram Hills at Sport-O-Rama, 9:15 p.m.
- Pearl River boys and girls indoor track teams in New Balance Games at The Armory, 9 a.m.
- Pearl River Wrestling at RCPSAL Tournament, 9:30 a.m.
- Pearl River ice hockey vs. Ossining at Sport-O-Rama, 7 p.m.
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