By Troy Muller
The Ichabod Crane Riders got their third win of the season Tuesday night at home against the Cobleskill-Richmondville Bulldogs.
The Riders led all game long as the team got off to hot start and scored 16 points in the first quarter and never looked back. A few quick baskets in a row, including a three, helped them get out to an early lead.
Another big reason why the Riders were able to jump out to a 16 to 4 lead was the turnovers. The Bulldogs fell behind in the first and turning over the ball too much was a big reason for that. Bulldogs head coach Carlin DeMarinis had this to say in her post-game interview.
“Some of it is experience with our younger players, and some of it is just taking better care of the ball.”
Continuing on, DeMarinis had this to say about her teams scoring.
“We had quarters where we started out, we scored only four points in the first quarter, then we have quarters that we scored ten. We need to string together quarters of double digits.”
After taking a 22 to 14 lead into halftime, the Riders outscored the Bulldogs 28 to 24, after the break, leading to a 50 to 38 win. It was more of the same in the second half for Adam Vooris and his team. In his post-game interview Vooris said that this win was because of team basketball.
“Team basketball. We had seven different players who register an assist today, so that’s team basketball. We played smart, we were patient and we hit the open shots.”
Ichabod junior Madison Graham lead the way for the Riders, scoring a team high 16 points. Twelve of those points came from beyond the arch, as she hit four threes’ in the game. Following behind Graham in scoring was Shannon Verbraska, with 10 points of her own.
For the Bulldogs, Jess Meade lead her team in scoring with 9 points, with six of them coming from beyond the arch. Her teammates Sabrina Pressley and Emma Osterhoudt both scored 8 points in the game as well.
Next for the Riders, they play Friday night at 7 p.m at Hoosick Falls. The Bulldogs also play Friday night, but at Duanesburg high school at 5 p.m.