Eastchester Sports Roundup

Erin Ahern drives to the hoop against Pelham on Jan. 16. Eastchester beat the Pelicans by 10 points.

Erin Ahern drives to the hoop against Pelham on Jan. 16. Eastchester beat the Pelicans by 10 points.

Olivia Heffernan goes up for a shot against Pelham on Jan. 16. Heffernan led the Eagles with 22 points in the win. Photos/Bobby Begun

Olivia Heffernan goes up for a shot against Pelham on Jan. 16. Heffernan led the Eagles with 22 points in the win. Photos/Bobby Begun

Girls basketball

Jan. 16, Eastchester d. Pelham 59-49

The surging Eagles scored a statement win over Pelham last Thursday, beating the 2013 Class A semifinalists by 10 in one of their best performances to date. Olivia Heffernan stepped up big for Eastchester, torching the Pelicans for 22 points on the afternoon while teammate Gabby Ricciardi added 10 of her own in the win.

Winners of four of their last six games, the Eagles will look to repeat their success against the Pelicans when they travel to Pelham for a rematch on Jan. 22, after press time.

Boys Basketball

Jan. 16, Eastchester d. Kingston 84-70

After a delay during the Poughkeepsie Tournament, Eastchester and reigning Section IX champ Kingston squared-off last Thursday. The Eagles played to form against the out-of-section team, earning their second win over a 2013 section champ in as many weeks.

Olivia Heffernan hits a layup for two of her 22 points on Jan. 16. The Eagles have won four of their last six games.

Olivia Heffernan hits a layup for two of her 22 points on Jan. 16. The Eagles have won four of their last six games.

Sophomore Benny Dimirco led the way for Eastchester, scoring 28 points on the day. Dimirco’s outside shooting–he made five three-pointers–was indicative of the Eagles’ ability to score from beyond the arc on Thursday as Eastchester tallied 15 three-pointers against a stunned Kingston team.

On Jan. 11, the Eagles knocked off last year’s Class AA champs, New Rochelle.

Ice Hockey

Jan. 19, Aquinas d. ETB 7-1

ETB’s trip up north didn’t turn out quite as well as the Eagles had hoped, as ETB’s undermanned squad ran into two hockey titans, culminating in back-to-back losses against Pittsford and Aquinas.

For the Eagles, the stretch was an especially tough one, as the team–which has just 18 skaters–had to play three games in four days with two of those games coming against top out-of-section squads. Luckily for the Eagles, the team will be back in Westchester on Jan. 24 to take on the Rye Town-Harrison Titans at the Ebersole Arena. ETB’s record sits 3-8 on the year, but the team has eight more regular season games to make up ground before the postseason starts in mid-February.

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