Girls basketball: Nanuet pulls away late to beat Indians in North Salem tourney

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Elizabeth Jahn goes up for a layup for the John Jay girls basketball team, during Thursday’s loss to Nanuet at North Salem High School. — Skip Jahn photo

The John Jay girls basketball team went into Thursday’s game against Nanuet looking to advance to the North Salem Booster Club Basketball Tournament championship game — and also snap a three-game losing skid.

The Indians came up short on both counts, as Nanuet broke open a tight game in the fourth quarter for a 54-46 win in the first round at North Salem High School.

The Indians (5-4) will play in the consolation game on Saturday at 1 at North Salem.

Thursday’s game was a back-and-forth affair for the first three quarters, with Nanuet leading 38-37 going into the fourth quarter.

After Nanuet’s lead went to 40-37, Kaitlyn Ferentini’s putback cut the gap to 40-39, and John Jay had a chance to tie or take the lead shortly after, but missed two free throws. The Golden Knights then used a 10-0 run to pull away, taking a 50-39 lead with 1:43 left to play.

Nanuet killed the Indians with second-chance points, with seven offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter alone, and also got the job done at the free throw line, hitting six of seven foul shots in the period.

John Jay had jumped out to an early 9-2 lead, on a hustling conventional three-point play by Elizabeth Jahn on a putback, a pair of jump shots by Jessica Laemle, and baseline jumper by Ferentini. Nanuet closed out the first quarter quarter with an 8-1 run to make it 10-10.

Freshmen Ana Dorta and Kendall Degenhardt came off the bench to score four points each to help John Jay take a 21-20 lead into halftime, but Nanuet exploded out of the gate to begin the second half with a 9-2 run to go up 29-23.

A jumper by Hailey Spencer and three-pointer by Jahn got the Indians to within 29-28, and Spencer later hit a three-pointer to make it 34-31. Two free throws by Degenhardt, off her offensive rebound, tied the game at 34-34.

With under 30 seconds left in the third quarter, Tierney Spencer stole the ball and passed ahead to Degenhardt, who scored on a tough left-handed bank shot and was fouled. The three-point play put the Indians back on top, 37-36. Zoe Amalbert scored on a drive to put Nanuet on top 38-37 after three quarters.

Nanuet’s big fourth-quarter run started with a pair of baskets by Caroline Wrenn, which was followed by putbacks by Ceire Fitzpatrick and Alana Prosapio, and capped off by two Prosapio free throws.

John Jay was led by Degenhardt and Jahn with 11 points each. Degenhardt also had a team-high eight rebounds, while Jahn had four rebounds.

Hailey Spencer and Laemle each had seven points, Laemle also had four rebounds and Spencer three rebounds.

Ferentini had four points and four rebounds, and Dorta had four points, four rebounds, as well. Tierney Spencer finished with two points and three steals.

Hailey Spencer, Tierney Spencer, Laemle, Ferentini and Dorta all had assists.

For Nanuet, Prosapio led the scoring with 17 points and nine rebounds, and Amalbert had 14 points. Fitzpatrick finished with eight points and six rebounds.

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