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The New Year has been kind to the Yonkers Bulldogs.
After starting off the season 0-7, Yonkers won its fourth straight game on Thursday, defeating Palisade Prep, 47-15, in the semifinal of the Yonkers City Tournament at Saunders High School. The Bulldogs (4-7) will face Saunders in the championship game Saturday at 3 p.m. at Saunders.
“I think the key (to the win) was our teamwork,” Yonkers junior Dyamond Morris said. “We all worked together, we all made shots and we all went out there and played our game. It just shows our hard work is finally paying off as a team.”
Morris scored a game-high 11 points with seven of them coming in the second half. Angelina Miele and Sha’Quasia Watford each added eight points in the win.
“I think our passing and our teamwork were better compared to other games,” Miele said. “(Playing in this tournament) is good. It gives us better competition for the season.”
Palisade Prep (6-5) played without starting point guard Taijah Pink, who will be out another two weeks with an injury. Lourdes Bohorquez and Kayla Cortinas each had five points. Palisade Prep will play Riverside in the consolation game Saturday at 11 a.m.
“Being a small school, when you don’t have that many players, losing one gives the trickle-down effect,” said Palisade Prep coach Mike Denman. “But we scrimmaged against Riverside earlier this year. It should be a competitive game.”
Yonkers will play Saunders in the championship game. Saunders beat Yonkers earlier in the season, but Yonkers coach Meagan Fitzpatrick said the Bulldogs are excited for a rematch.
“Playing all of the Yonkers teams is great,” said Fitzpatrick, who is in her sixth year as head coach. “It’s always a very competitive game with Saunders. It should be fun.”
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