Yesterday the Lady Indians of Cambridge visited the Red Raiders of Mechanicville for a Saturday matinee. Two of the premier squads from the Wasaren provided a great storyline, but similar to movies we’ve all seen, this one started fast, but it’s ending didn’t deliver.
Cambridge used a 25-7 advantage in the third period to break open a game that was close at the half, and post a 70-36 decision over the Raiders.
Mechanicville scored the first five points of the contest on a Taylor Grayson triple and a Jada Brown bucket in transition. A pair of free throws from Charlie Goverski gave the Raiders a 7-2 cushion just three minutes in, to which the Indians responded with a 7-0 spurt.
Three free throws by Lily Phillips, a transition score from Sophie Phillips and an inside deuce by Fiona Mooney gave Cambridge their first lead of the afternoon at 9-7 with 1:50 remining in the first.
After Brown and Sophie Phillips exchanged slashing drives for points, a Gianna Cavotta 3-ball gave the Raiders the lead at 12-11 before a Mooney free throw knotted things at 12 to end the quarter.
The second period gave the fans six lead changes with a three minute span, midway through the frame, where the teams simply traded punches.
A Sophie putback at the 5:00 mark gave Cambridge an 18-15 advantage, but Brown answered quickly for the Raiders, connecting from deep, tying things at 18.
Seconds later Lily Phillips put the Indians in front drilling a long triple, that Grayson followed with a nice baseline drive with 4:00 remaining in the period.
Next it was Ruth Nolan bottoming a trey, giving Cambridge a 24-20 lead, but inside buckets from AJ Joseph and Brown pulled the Raiders even at 24-24 with 2:00 left in the quarter.
Cambridge closed the period with six unanswered on a Mooney putback, a basket from McKayla McLenithan and a transition score by Lily giving the Indians a 30-24 lead at the break.
At intermission there was a buzz in the building with spectators anticipating a second act that would rival what just played out. It didn’t happen, although the half began with the back and forth that was ever present over the first sixteen minutes.
Cambridge started the third with a pair of inside scores and a 3-pointer from freshman Stasia Epler, taking a 37-24 lead just two minutes in.
The Raiders responded with a 7-0 run of their own on a Goverski triple, a Brown drive and an Amy DiSiena bucket off an in-bounds play trimming the Cambridge cushion to 37-31 with 4:50 left in the quarter.
Then the Indians sucked all the air out of the gymnasium.
Mooney bottomed a corner three, Epler scored off a Raider turnover, Lily followed with a putback and Mooney added an inside deuce pushing the Cambridge lead to 46-31.
The visitors weren’t done.
Epler scored in transition, followed by a Mooney bucket and five straight from Sophie on a pair of free throws and a long triple, capping an 18-0 Cambridge run that gave the Indians a 55-31 lead and ended the show with a full quarter left to be played.
The final frame was just bookkeeping as Cambridge walked off with their 13th win in 14 outings courtesy of a dominant second half
Mechanicville (10-6), was led by Grayson who scored 11 points with Brown adding nine to the Raider attack.
Sophie Phillips scored 19 points to lead Cambridge with Lily adding 16 and Mooney 14 for the Indians who post yet another “W”, most coming with an ending that provides little, if any drama at all.