NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Ursuline guard Rianna Peduzzi missed much of the first half Thursday after getting hit in the right eye, inadvertently, by a Scarsdale player.
Peduzzi was not happy about being sidelined as she dealt with blurry vision the remainder of the first half. The forced rest would benefit Peduzzi, who was full of energy and ready to go to start the second half.
Once the sophomore point guard got the ball to open the second half, she made the offense click, and Ursuline took off to an eventual 71-59 win over Scarsdale in a Section 1 Class AA girls basketball game.
Peduzzi scored seven of Ursuline’s first nine points in the third quarter and finished with 10 for the game.
“When I got hit in the eye, I was having black vision,” Peduzzi said. “I fought the pain and wanted to get back into the game so I could help the team.
“I went to the locker room at halftime and it started to feel better. I just kept blinking and my vision started coming back. I wanted to get the ball in my hands and get going."
Peduzzi converted one of two free throws on Ursuline’s first possession of the second half. On Ursuline’s next possession, Peduzzi hit a driving layup. Following an Alyssa Lawrence basket, giving Ursuline a 35-30 lead, Peduzzi had the next two baskets.
She stole the ball, went the length of the court and weaved through two defenders for a scoop layup, then swished a 17-footer.
Lawrence, who finished with a game-high 17 points, said Peduzzi got the team going.
“It’s great for Rianna because she can change the whole tempo of the game,” Lawrence said. “Rianna gives us a lot of energy.”
Peduzzi’s fast start initiated a 14-0 surge spanning the first 4:35 of the third quarter. When it concluded, Ursuline led 44-30.
Lauren Biolsi finished with 13 points for Ursuline, and Anna Savino added nine points.