WICCOPEE, NY – Early season games don’t usually come dressed up with a pretty bow. They are typically the ugly stepchild of the regular season, and Saturday afternoon’s tilt between Poughkeepsie and John Jay was just that. There was some, good, there was some bad, and there certainly was a whole lotta ugly, from both teams in John Jay’s 49-37 win Saturday afternoon at John Jay high school.
The good showed up in John Jay guard Nicole Musacchio, who was able to find a will and a way to wind up with a game high 26 points, including five three pointers. Musacchio had 10 points at halftime, but really turned it into another gear in the fourth quarter with 11 points and three 3-pointers. Another “good” looked to be glimpses of crisp passing by the Jay offense, and a relentless Patriot defense that forced several Poughkeepsie turnovers.
The bad in this game was the typical early season “search for your team identity”. Nether team seemed to have too much of a rhythm going as both squads were obviously still working out some kinks.
The ugly was the amount of unforced errors in the way of turnovers and travel calls. Again, both teams had a hard time controlling possessions.
Lauren Salmonese led Poughkeepsie with nine points; all coming in the second half of the game, and 7 of her 9 points came from the free throw line.
Poughkeepsie outscored Jay in the third quarter 16-10 to close the gap, but Musacchio caught fire in the fourth quarter and locked in the win.