Pearl River Sports: DeCourcey Sparks Girls Basketball; TZ Next

The Pearl River boys and girls basketball teams split in their battles with Albertus Magnus and face the second half of a week of games against top local rivals when they play Tappan Zee Friday.

With only one starter returning this season, the Pearl River girls basketball team needed senior Amanda DeCourcey to make the transition from top reserve to full-time starter and a team co-captain.

The versatile senior again showed how well she has made that move by scoring 19 points to lead Pearl River in Wednesday's 60-54 victory at Albertus Magnus. She scored six of the Pirates' last eight points as they held off a late rally by the Falcons, doing most of her damage throughout the game by driving to the basket.

“Amanda has been such a spark plug, whether it’s offensively or defensively,” Moylan said. “She came up with some big defensive plays tonight also. But she always seems to know what we need and she knew we needed her to step up and she did.”

DeCourcey plays the point at times in the Pearl River offense, but she also has to play inside when the Pirates go with a five-guard lineup as they have to start the last few contests. 

She has been one of the constants in helping Pearl River run its record to 6-1. The Pirates recently moved into the New York State Sporstwriters' Association state Class A rankings at No. 23. They play next 4:30 p.m. Friday at home against Tappan Zee. 

Thursday's Events

  • Pearl River vs. North Rockland bowling at New City Lanes, 3:30 p.m.
  • Pearl River wrestling at Nyack, 4:30 p.m.

Friday's Events

  • Tappan Zee at Pearl River girls basketball, 4:30 p.m.
  • Pearl River boys basketball at Tappan Zee, 7 p.m.
  • Pearl River ice hockey vs. Briarcliff/Westlake at Sport-O-Rama, 7:15 p.m.

Saturday's Events

  •  Pearl River ice hockey vs. Suffern at Sport-O-Rama, 5 p.m.

Sunday's Events

  • Pearl River boys and girls indoor track and field in league championships at RCC, 9 a.m.

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Coaches, parents and other followers of Pearl River athletics, please send scores and information to ryan.buncher@patch.com or upload your pictures directly to stories about games as they are posted on Pearl River Patch. 

Don't forget this can include youth sports as well as updates on local athletes as they compete on the college level. 


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