The Indians of Hoosic Valley broke huddle after taking their second timeout of the game’s last possession. The clock read :07 with Hoosick Falls clinging to a one point lead at 30-29.
The renowned Valley “D” had kept the Indians in the game, but now someone had to deliver on the offensive end, and Danielle Stannard did just that, burying a contested triple from the right wing as time expired giving the Valley a well earned “W” and handing the Falls their first league loss of the year.
On a night where at times scoring points seemed to be outlawed, let’s give credit to the defensive effort of both squads.
Hoosick Falls in a zone look all night, mainly a 1-3-1, and Hoosic Valley in their trademark man, harassed the opponents offense for 32 minutes, with open looks being few and far between.
An Emily Norman bucket off glass got things started for the Valley, and after a pair of Panther free throws, Daniella Requate bottomed a three from the top giving the Indians the 5-2 lead with 3:00 left in the period.
A pair of Kelly Pine scores gave the Falls a 6-5 edge, but the Valley answered with a Becky Keasbey deuce off an inbounds play, and jumpers from Gabby Serafin and Kate Kennelly to close the quarter with an 11-6 cushion.
In the second both squads finished the eight minutes with more turnovers than points. Numerous times the Panthers came up with a steal only to be run down by a Valley defender for a shot block or contest at the rim. While the Falls, trapping well out of the 1-3-1 forced a series of tie-ups, turnovers and shot clock violations.
At quarter’s end the result of the defensive lock down was a 12-10 score in favor of the visitors from Schaghticoke.
In the third period Hoosick Falls and more specifically Pine found some rhythm offensively. Pine scored on a strong move inside knotting the score at 12, two minutes into the quarter, and the 6′ junior was just getting started. Pine found the range on a trio of 3-balls, coming from the top, wing, and corner, the latter with :22 left giving the Falls a 24-17 advantage heading to the fourth.
With 7:11 remaining in the contest, Stannard hit a shot nearly as big as her game-winner, banking a three with the shot clock at :00 cutting the Panther lead to 24-20.
On an evening of defense the Valley’s Requate turned in a big defensive play at the 3:26 mark, stepping in to take a charge on Pine at the rim with the Falls leading 26-24.
A baseline jumper with 1:50 left from the Falls Anna Wysocki gave the Panthers a 30-24 advantage, but that would be the last points of the night for the home squad.
An elbow jumper from Stannard, and an Alicia Clum three from the top with :35 left trimmed the lead to 30-29.
On the next possession the Indians forced yet another Hoosick Falls turnover setting up Stannard’s knock-down three at the buzzer and the Valley celebration that followed.
Pine scored a game-high 18 points on the night to lead the Falls, who with the loss go to 8-1 for the season in league play.
Stannard’s 13 points paced the Hoosic Valley attack, and the Indians with the victory improve to 7-2 in the conference one game back in the race for the Wasaren crown.