The Lady Raiders earned a big Area win over the rival Falcons of St. John Paul II Tuesday night 30-27 inside the Shields-Jones Athletic Complex. The game was close throughout the night, with each team taking turns with the lead. Randolph secured the victory with 2 crucial free throws from Madison DeOrio (2 of her 15 points on the night) with 5.8 seconds on the clock, followed by a steal on the ensuing in-bounds to run the clock out.
Coach Ward was quick to point out that this was a true TEAM win. “We had two good practices leading up this game. Our team fought and competed all night. Ashlyn Hafley (7 points on the night) probably played one of her better games this season, and Joanna Vega (6 points on the night) continues to get us where we need to be, when we need to be there. More crucial though are stats that don’t pop out on a stat line: the deflections that lead to steals, or take away a would-be transition basket, or just the simple hustle plays of working to front on the defensive end in the post when you are undersized.
Eliana Horowitz is probably the most undersized “post player” in our Area, but what she gives us every night in terms of effort, communication, and just knowing where to go with the ball on the offensive end is huge for us. JPII is a physical team, and they make you earn everything on both ends of the floor. I couldn’t be more proud of our girls. The energy was there all night long, both on and off the floor. Our girls maintained their poise, and just never seemed rattled. I mean, we’re up 2 at half, and they come out score 6 straight to go up 4, and we just stayed the course. Get a bucket, back to a 2 point game, and just back and forth we went. It was a needed win for this team, our program, and these girls got it done.”
The Lady Raiders face 3 straight non-area opponents before taking on Westminster Christian, on the road, next Friday night in the final Area game of the season. Go Raiders!