Sometimes in sports, the ball just doesn't bounce your way. No matter how unfair it may be, competitive athletics plays no favorites.
The Caesar Rodney Riders girls' basketball squad was eliminated from the DIAA State Tournament on Thursday night in brutal fashion, falling in overtime to Hodgson 64-62.
Sometimes in sports, the ball just doesn’t bounce your way. No matter how unfair it may be, competitive athletics plays no favorites.
The Caesar Rodney Riders girls’ basketball squad was eliminated from the DIAA State Tournament on Thursday night in brutal fashion, falling in overtime to Hodgson 64-62.
The Lady Riders entered Thursday’s contest with a first-round bye as the No. 8 seed, drawing No. 9 Hodgson, which defeated Delcastle in the opening round.
The Silver Eagles jumped out to a 17-point lead in the third quarter, only to see the Lady Riders rally to tie things up at 52-52 to force overtime.
CR tied the score at 52-52 on an Alissa Haith jump shot with just over a minute to play, and got the ball back after Whitney Victory drew a charging foul just minutes after committing a crucial technical foul for taunting. With the ball back, the Riders tried to hold for a last shot but turned the ball over with just seconds left to play.
The Riders would receive one last chance to end things in regulation, but a Lexi Prillaman shot from beyond the arc fell just short at the buzzer.
In the extra session, the Silver Eagles scored on their first six possessions to break out to seven-point lead at 63-56.
Once again, CR tried to lead a comeback, knocking the Hodgson lead down to just a single possession, trailing 63-60. However, after a foul with both teams in the bonus, the Silver Eagles clinched the victory from the charity stripe.
“My kids gave their guts (tonight),” said Caesar Rodney head coach Bill Victory after the tough loss. “They were outsized, and my little kids from Camden, Del. stayed in there. I’m proud of them and I couldn’t dare ask for more of them.”
While the effort was certainly there, the Riders were unable to capitalize on their late-game opportunities, which will stick with Victory.
“The two possessions at the end of regulation, we should have won,” said Victory. “But we didn’t take care of business or take care of the basketball. That’s how it works sometimes and that’s why you play the game.”
Prillaman and Haith led the way for the Riders, scoring 14 points apiece in the tough-luck loss.
The loss is a bitter pill to swallow, especially for the three seniors on the team. However, the heart and determination showed on Thursday night will resonate with the younger players who will return next season.
“My girls represented what we do in this gym, we work hard every day in this gym,” said Victory. “So them playing like that, I’m not surprised. I’m happy for them, I really am. It’ll be a great memory, even though it would have been nice to try out Ursuline on Saturday. I take my hat off to Chris Jones and Hodgson. They did a great job of doing what they needed to.”