In a game that was tied at both the quarter and halftime breaks Hoosic Valley gained some breathing room late in the third and gradually pulled away over the final eight minutes earning a 60-48 decision over Mechanicville in Schaghticoke Tuesday night.
The visitors ran out to a 5-1 lead early in the first with sophomore Amy DiSiena scoring four points off a runner and a transition bucket on a nice feed from Charli Goverski.
The Valley’s Renee Serafin tied things at 5-5 midway through the period on a runout, and her wing jumper to end the quarter again knotted the score at 8-8.
Mechanicville began the second on an 8-2 run scoring on three straight possessions starting with Taylor Grayson triple, followed by DiSiena off glass and a Goverski putback giving the Raiders a 16-10 advantage midway through the period.
The Valley then answered with an 11-3 run of their own fueled by a pair of Alex Rifenburg baskets and five points from Serafin, three coming on a wing three ball to give the Indians their first lead at 21-19 with 2:20 remining in the second.
With :45 left in the period, Rifenburg bottomed a triple giving the Valley the 26-23 edge but Grayson answered as time expired, with her second trey of the quarter sending the teams to the break tied at 26.
The third period started with the Valley’s Anna Jensen and the Raiders DiSiena exchanging triples and quarter played evenly through the first seven minutes.
Over the final 1:00 of the third, the Indians opened some daylight, converting on 5 of 6 free throws to end the period with a 40-35 advantage.
Three minutes into the fourth the Valley, off a long two by Emaleigh Peckham, expanded their lead to 10 at 48-38.
Mechanicville pulled to within six at 51-45 on a baseline bucket by Maddie Shakow with 2:55 remaining, but the Raiders would get no closer as the Valley converted on 5 of 6 free throws down the stretch to earn the early-season “W”.
Goverski with 18 points and DiSiena with 15 led the Raiders who with the loss slip to 2-1 on the season.
Serafin led the Indians with a 20 point night, and Rifenburg added 14 for the Valley who improve to 3-1 on the year with the victory.