By Melanie Lekocevic
Capital Region Independent Media
RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — The RCS Indians girls’ basketball team dominated the Voorheesville Blackbirds the entire game Saturday afternoon with a final score of 52-37.
The game, played prior to the district’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony, was the team’s second of the season and their first council victory.
“The girls have been working hard,” Head Coach Jackie Hotaling said after the game. “We played last Friday and we struggled, but the girls have been working really hard all week to get better at their skills, to get fundamentally sound and to execute plays better, and they did that today.”
The Indians led from early on in the game and did not relinquish the lead. The first half ended on a basket by guard Sara Hotaling just as the buzzer went off.
Returning to the court in the third period, the Indians continued their dominance and with 5:07 left in the third, the hometown team was up 28-16. With under three minutes in the period, the Indians extended their lead to 32-18.
Guard Patricia Dorrance put the ball in the basket with 2:50 left in the quarter to give the Indians a 39-18 lead.
With just over a minute left in the third period, post Hannah Vanderzee was pushed out of bounds and went to the free throw line. Vanderzee made one of two shots, bringing the Indians to a 41-20 lead.
The team headed into the fourth period up 41-21. Vanderzee was fouled again and made her first shot but missed on the second attempt.
Vanderzee was fouled again with 6:57 left on the clock, again hitting her first free throw shot and missing the second, to bring the score to Indians 43, Blackbirds 23.
Post Lauren Reville was also fouled a couple of times in the fourth period and made one of three shot attempts to bring the score to 46-23.
Wing Kylie Whalen took a hard hit with 5:29 left in the game and headed for the sidelines.
In the waning minutes the Blackbirds tried for a late game push, scoring several points and bringing the score to 48-33 with under four minutes to go in the game.
Dorrance responded with a basket with 1:25 left on the clock for a score of Indians 50, Blackbirds 34. Voorheesville took possession of the ball and moved it downcourt to bring the score to 50-37.
Returning to the court after the timeout, Vanderzee made a basket with two second left in the game to end the contest at 52-37.
The Indians have a busy schedule this week.
“We have three games next week and they will be tough,” Hotaling said Saturday. “We will continue working hard — I am really proud of the girls, they are doing great.”