Lauren Brace works under the hoop for Moriah in the Viking’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association quarterfinal game. Moriah lost to Fort Edward, 53-45.
Falling behind by six points early in the third, the Moriah Lady Vikings pulled within one point in the final seconds of the third quarter.
That meant there were still seconds left.
Alexis Thomas connected on her second three-pointer of the quarter as the buzzer sounded to end the third, pushing the Fort Edward Lady Forts out to a 41-37 lead they would not relinquish in defeating the Section VII/Class D champions, 53-45, March 5.
“That three pointer really killed us,” Moriah head coach Erica Slattery said. “Thomas nailed those two at the end of the quarter and it really put us behind.”
Slattery also gave credit to the Fort Edward defense in handing the Vikings their first, and only, loss of the season.
“We really had a difficult time getting out of their traps,” she said. “We were not able to come back once we got behind and they were very quick defensively.”
Madison Stahl paced the Vikings with 13 points and 10 rebounds along with a pair of blocked shots, while Taylor Sprague scored 10 points to go with seven rebounds and a pair of assists. Caitlin Pelkey added eight points, six assists, four rebounds and four steals with Halie Snyder scoring all six of her points in the third quarter to go with three rebounds and three steals. Lauren Cross scored four points and dished out two assists, while Lauren Brace scored 2 points and Sarah Slattery, who played the game in foul trouble, had 2 points to go with three rebounds and three assists.
For the Forts, Kaicey Sardina had 17 points with Thomas adding 15, Kali Knapp 8, Brittni Sardina 6, Alex Godfrey 5 and Megan Brockway 2.
“Their 19-1 and it is going to be a long time before that record gets reached again,” Slattery said about her team after the game. “We had 10 kids that worked hard and busted it in every practice and every game. We lose our speed next year, but we will focus on ball handling and working the paint big time.”