Another name for the foul line in basketball is the “charity stripe”, misnamed because there’s nothing given to any player that steps to the line for shots. However Friday night in Mechanicville, Tamarac made it appear that free points were handed to anyone wearing a red jersey, shooting a basketball from 15 feet.
The Bengals converted on 23 of 25 attempts from the line, and used that precision to keep a comfortable working margin in their 69-54 defeat of the Red Raiders.
Tamarac guard Emily Erickson scored 15 first half point on 12-12 from the line and a deep triple, while Renna Poulin added 12 before the break, scoring both in transition and off the dribble drive for the Bengals. The visitors led 19-10 after the first and took a 38-24 lead into the half fueled by a perfect 16-16 from the foul line.
Sammy Pasinella poured in 12 first half points for Mechanicville and Taylor Grayson scored six points on a pair of 3-pointers to keep the Raiders within striking distance.
After the break Erickson cashed in from a deeper line bottoming a trio of long balls, and teammates Poulin, Kayla Doody, and Liz Machnick added timely hooping to keep the Raiders at bay over the final 16 minutes.
The home squad trimmed the deficit to 10 points late in the third, and again midway through the final period, when Grayson knocked down a pair of threes forcing a Tamarac timeout.
But Mechanicville would draw no closer as late in the game with Mechanicville forced to foul, the Bengals continued to knock down free throws, to put this one in the win column, Tamarac’s fifth in as many outings.
Pasinella finished with 19 points to lead Mechanicville (3-1), while Grayson scored 12 points on four made triples.
The Bengals placed four players in doubles with Erickson scoring 26 points, Poulin 19, Doody 12 and Machnick adding 10 points for a Tamarac squad that is talented and deep with much more in their arsenal than their prowess from the stripe.