Basketball, as we all know, is a game of runs and on Friday night in Mechanicville that theme played out between the Red Raiders and Stillwater before Mechanicville finally put away their neighboring rivals with a 50-41 decision.
The Raiders owned the first run of the night, an 11-0 spurt fueled by a pair of Charli Goverski free throws, a Taylor Grayson triple, and six points from Sammy Pasinella over the final four minutes of the first period to close the quarter with a commanding 19-2 advantage.
But Stillwater would put together a streak of their own with 3:00 remaining in the second stanza cutting into the Raider lead.
Trailing 23-8, a Marley Meuller putback, and five points from Brooke Pickett off a trey and a runner trimmed the lead to 23-15 with 1:35 left in the half.
Mechanicville closed the half on a 5-0 stretch taking a 28-15 lead into the break.
In the third Stillwater outscored their hosts 9-3 over the first half of the period cutting the Raider lead to 31-24 on a Pickett deuce with 4:20 left in the quarter.
The two squads played evenly over the rest of the period that ended with Mechanicville holding a 35-27 advantage.
Over the final eight minutes Stillwater could draw no closer than six that coming on a Julia McLaughlin free throw at the 4:15 mark closing the gap to 40-34.
But a pair of inside buckets from Amy DiSiena the second with 2:40 remaining extended the Raider lead to 46-35 and from there Mechanicville was able to close things out.
On the night Pasinella led all scorers in the contest with 20 points to lead the Raiders who with the win improve to 7-4, 10-4 on the season.
Mueller with 16 points led the Warriors who with the loss slip to 4-7, 6-9 on the year.