ORANGEBURG, N.Y. -- When first-year Harrison girls basketball coach Louis Kail was filling out his schedule with non-league games, he opted for Tappan Zee.
Kail knew that Tappan Zee would be among the top Class A teams this season so he felt it would be a great game for his young team.
The Huskies, who only had eight players because of injuries and illness, hung with the Dutchies through the first quarter and opening three minutes of the second quarter before the host pulled away for a 68-44 win Friday.
Paige Brabant led Harrison, now 4-3, with 12 points and senior Jenna Webb finished with 11 points.
I think in order to grow as a program you have to play the best and, in two months, I fully expect Tappan Zee to be playing in the County Center," Kail said. "Tappan Zee is one of the best teams in the section.
If there was any question about Tappan Zees status among the elite, the Dutchies, 8-0, defeated 2011 New York State Class A champion Peekskill Wednesday.
Harrison trailed 14-8 after the first quarter and 16-10 early in the second quarter. Tappan Zee would sandwich consecutive 3-pointers around a Brabant basket for a 22-12 lead. The Huskies maintained their composure and ran their offensive sets, however Tappan Zees aggressive, over-playing half-court defense picked up a few steals and transformed them into fast-break points.
We stressed mental toughness coming in and I thought our girls, including an eighth-grader and three sophomores, played hard, Kail said. I thought Jenna and Paige really stepped up for us. This was a great game and learning experience for us. We saw some positive things during the game and we saw some things that we need to work on.
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