By Melanie Lekocevic
Capital Region Independent Media
RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — The girls’ basketball team honored two of their own on Senior Night on Friday.
Graduating seniors Molly McFerran and Lauren Reville were saluted before the Indians took to the court against the Ichabod Crane Riders.
The game was close most of the way through, but the Riders maintained a steady lead and pulled ahead late in the game for a final score of 58-44.
The Indians went into the locker room down eight points at halftime. The team played hard but was not quite able to pull it off.
The Riders scored the first basket of the second half, a three-pointer, to put the Riders ahead 30-19.
Reville took the Indians’ first shot of the second half and missed, but rebounded and made the basket on her second attempt for a two-pointer. Reville was fouled on the play and went to the free throw line, making the basket and bringing the hometown team to within eight, at Riders 30, Indians 22.
The Riders ran the ball down court before a timeout was called.
The Indians took possession coming out of the timeout as Sara Hotaling inbounded to Reville, who passed to Hannah Vanderzee. Vanderzee took a shot but missed and the Riders rebounded.
In Riders territory, McFerran took a hard fall to the court and a foul was called, turning the ball over to the Indians.
Patricia Dorrance dropped in a two-pointer with 5:10 left in the third quarter, putting the score at Riders 30, Indians 25.
After the Riders’ Malati Culver was fouled she went to the free throw line and made one of two shots. The second attempt bounced off the rim and McFerran rebounded the ball.
The Indians’ next score came on a two-pointer by Dorrance, bringing the Indians to within four points at Riders 31, Indians 27 with 4:22 left in the third. After some hard play, with Vanderzee fighting to keep the ball inbounds, Reville hit the floor but was able to pass to Dorrance to retain possession.
The next score would come for the Riders with a three-pointer with 3:15 left in the period. Another Riders basket put the score at Riders 37, Indians 29 before Hotaling drove the ball down court, passed to Vanderzee who shot a two-pointer, bringing the Indians to within six points with two minutes left in the stanza.
The Riders’ Ava Heffner was fouled with less than two minutes on the clock in the third and made one of two shots to put the Riders up by seven. The third quarter ended with the Riders up 38 to Indians 33.
At the top of the fourth quarter, the Riders would score the first basket of the period with 6:50 to go in the game. Seconds later Reville took a shot but the ball was tipped, McFerran snagged it with some aggressive play and was fouled. On the inbound, Vanderzee took a shot and made it to bring the score to Riders 40, Indians 35.
A three-pointer by the Riders’ Carolina Williams pulled the visitors ahead by eight with under five minutes to go in the game. The Riders would be up by 10 when a timeout was called, 45-35.
Vanderzee would score a couple of late-game baskets but it was not enough to overcome the Riders’ lead as the visitors pulled ahead. The final score was Riders 58, Indians 44.