ARMONK — When told Fox Lane shot 65 percent from the field in the first half, Byram Hills coach Ted Repa arched his eyebrows.
“Really?” Repa said. “It felt higher. They weren’t missing.”
The Foxes scorched Byram Hills on Monday night in a raucous gym that had haunted them the last three years. They built a lead as large as 26 points before dispatching their league rival 72-60.
Seniors James Morales had 22 points and Will Paul added 16, but the guards benefited from the midrange dominance of Fox Lane’s big men.
The Redhead brothers, Andrew and Matt, combined for 19 points and were two of several players to find open space at the foul line in Byram’s zone.
“People underestimate our bigs a little. They can shoot it,” Fox Lane coach Chris Violante said.
“Andrew Redhead and Matt Redhead, they flashed in there and they had some great looks. They just faced up and hit some shots.”
The Foxes (10-1) attempted just 12 free throws to 32 for the Bobcats, but the disparity proved meaningless. Their shooting led to a 41-22 halftime lead and a 49-23 lead early in the third quarter.
Fox Lane hit the first four 3-pointers it attempted in the third quarter, giving it plenty of cushion to withstand a spirited comeback by Byram (7-2), which cut the deficit to as little as eight points in the closing minutes.
“We definitely want to close out better in the fourth quarter, but we made shots when we needed to, which was big,” said Morales, who also had five assists and four steals. “We came out with the ‘W.’ That’s most important.”
The Foxes limited 6-foot-7 Andrew Groll to 19 points and eight rebounds — modest numbers compared to the 50 points and 45 boards he posted in wins over Horace Greeley and Scarsdale last week. Fox Lane rotated several big men on Groll, who drew nine fouls on Tommy and Jack Palmerton alone. Still, the Foxes were so sharp at the other end, the foul trouble scarcely mattered.
“That was one of our strategies to force them into those midrange jumpers and they weren’t missing,” Repa said.