Archive for the ‘HC Basketball’ Category

Wildcats Topple Gryphons in See-Saw Tussle, 53-39

February 18, 2011

In a regular season finale February 16 that was three games in one, Rye Country Day School defeated visiting Holy Child 53-39.

Less a basketball game than a rollercoaster ride, the game saw the homestanding Wildcats jump out to a 22-9 lead after nine minutes, with Carolyn Binder and Kim McKoy scoring 18 between them. When Binder wasn’t hitting threes over the Gryphons’ man-to-man defense, McKoy was pouring in layups, often after getting her own rebound.


Mike Duignan has 100 Reasons to Smile

January 21, 2011

Mike Duignan could not figure out why his basketball team seemed nervous it its game with King January 19 in Stamford. It wasn’t until after Holy Child’s 43-37 overtime victory that the girls let their head coach in on a little secret.

The Gryphons weren’t just playing to win the game. They were fighting to reach a milestone in Duignan’s Holy Child career: his 100th victory.


Thieves in the Night: Gryphons Steal Away with Victory

January 12, 2011

Despite their snazzy new uniforms, no one should suggest the Holy Child basketball team values style over substance. Substance was on full display January 10, as the Gryphons throttled visiting Chapin 55-34 to improve to 5-2.

After a Chapin bucket cut Holy Child’s lead to 26-23 early in the second half, the home team kicked it into high gear. The Gryphons outscored their foes 26-4 over a nine-minute span, with the offense flowing from a defense that recorded 12 steals during the burst.

Mike Duignan coaches his Gryphons

“At halftime we talked about how we were trying to do too much,” said head coach Mike Duignan. “Instead of forcing the issue and rushing, we played our game in the second half. We allowed Chapin to make mistakes themselves, and then we capitalized. I never have to ask this team to give more. It’s about making adjustments.”


Gryphons Build For Future at Summer Camp

July 29, 2010

Holy Child has put some of the area’s best basketball teams on the hardwood in recent seasons, with a victory rate close to 75 percent over the past four years. Their 73-26 record during that span has nothing to do with luck, however, and everything to do with offseason preparation and the construction of a foundation for the program.

Gryphons’ head coach Mike Duignan recently wrapped up his annual basketball summer camp, where he worked alongside his daughter, Holy Child senior Julie Duignan. Together, they taught Holy Child’s stars of tomorrow – players like Charlette Brosnan, Christianna Guttridge and Bernadette Grant – the fundamentals of the game.

“The point is to learn life lessons that intertwine with the importance of dedication, teamwork, perseverance, hard work and fun,” said Duignan. “And all this happens while the girls improve their basketball skills.”

Backcourt Duo Provides Gryphons With Bright Future

March 18, 2010

The horizon brightened substantially for Holy Child basketball as Shannon O’Connor drove fearlessly down the lane against Marymount in a NYSAIS play-in game earlier this month at Manhattanville.

After the Gryphons allowed the Lions their first lead of the fourth quarter, the freshman showed courage beyond her years by immediately attacking and banking a lay-in high off the glass. The shot put Holy Child up 35-34 and they never relinquished the lead or allowed another point in the game’s final three minutes en route to a 41-34 win.

Shannon O'Connor


Osborn-Jones Leads Wildcats to Playoff Win Over Gryphons

February 24, 2010

Thanks to an Herculean effort from senior Alexandra Osborn-Jones, the third-seeded Rye Country Day girls’ basketball team ousted No. 6 Holy Child from the quarterfinals of the Fairchester Athletic Association Tournament 47-22 at home February 22.

The Yale-bound captain scored 18 points in the contest’s first eight minutes, pushing her Wildcats to an early 19-4 lead in front of a packed house for the rivalry game. Osborn-Jones finished with an astounding stat line of 30 points, 19 rebounds, eight blocks and three steals.

Alexandra Osborn-Jones


Morning Round-up: Garnets Fall in Section Quarterfinal

February 18, 2010

The Rye boys’ basketball team’s season came to end last night at Tappan Zee High School, as the Garnets fought valiantly but fell to the Dutchmen 53-49. Rye led 49-48 after a pair of Brian Pickup free throws with 3:52 remaining, but failed to score another point the rest of the way. Despite having multiple opportunities to take the lead or tie the game down both one and two points in the waning seconds, the 18th-seeded Garnets could not get a shot to fall against their 7th-seeded opponents. All three of Rye’s captains scored in double figures. Senior Tim Lonergan played perhaps the game of his career, abusing Tappan’s point guard with multiple scoring drives to the hoop. He finished with 13 points, as did Brendan Nagle. Pickup scored 10. More on this game and a season wrap here today or tomorrow, as well as in next week’s issue of The Rye Record.

Rye's team defense in effect

In their penultimate regular season game, the Rye ice hockey squad — now the No. 2-ranked Division II team in New York State — fell to visiting power Monroe-Woodbury 7-2. It was their first loss in the new year. The Garnets’ record currently stands at 12-4-3. Their regular season finale is tomorrow at local rival Rye Country Day School. The Sectionals begin next week and conclude February 28 at West Point.

At School of the Holy Child, the Gryphons and Wildcats’ basketball teams renewed their hardcourt rivalry with RCDS coming out on top, 43-30. Alexandra Osborn-Jones had 16 points and 13 rebounds and Carolyn Binder added 13 points and five assists for the Wildcats who finished the regular season 14-4.Katie Hughes and Molly Schauber had eight points apiece for Holy Child.


Rye High School
No Games Scheduled

Rye Neck High School
No Games Scheduled

Rye Country Day School
Boys’ Squash at FAA Tournament @ St. Luke’s, 3
Girls’ Squash vs. Holy Child, 4
Fencing vs. St. Ann’s 4:15

School of the Holy Child
Squash @ Rye Country Day, 4



Stunning Second Half Run Propels Gryphons to Victory

January 29, 2010

With a steal and a score early in the second half, Marymount appeared to take control of their January 27 game with host Holy Child. The Lions’ six-point advantage represented the biggest lead of the day in what had been a back-and-forth affair. Then the Gryphons lowered the boom.

Holy Child (7-6) erased that 31-25 deficit by holding their opponents scoreless for the next nine minutes while unloading offensively with 22 unanswered points to cruise to the 53-38 victory.

Kate Hughes

“We switched from a zone to man-to-man and it gave us energy on both defense and offense,” said head coach Mike Duignan. “A lot of what we did on defense created transition buckets the other way. It got us on a roll, and we were able to spread the court and find mismatches once we had the lead.”


Morning Round-up: Gryphons Surging on the Court

January 26, 2010

The Holy Child girls’ basketball team is now 4-1 since a 2-5 start after defeating Greenwich Academy 47-33 on the road Monday. Shannon O’Connor scored 10 in the win, and Molly Schauber chipped in seven to go along with 12 rebounds.


Morning Round-up: Gryphons Fall at Home

December 15, 2009

In yesterday’s lone local contest, Holy Child’s basketball team was defeated 57-43 at home. Molly Schauber had a near double with nine points and 10 rebounds, and freshman Shannon O’Conner had seven steals to go with 10 points. More on the Gryphons later in the week, as well in the December 18 issue of The Rye Record.