By Carl Holcomb
Each period was a battle for position, but the Lady Rams managed to keep flow of the game going to rise above obstacles through the Yellow Jackettes pressure rallying in the final stanza for a 57-51 victory in Strasburg last Saturday.
Moorefield was at a disadvantage as three Strasburg players were at least 6’2”, but that didn’t prevent hustle and determination.
The opening period was controlled by the Lady Rams behind Christyan Reid (6’3”) netting five markers in the frame en route to a game-high 21 points.[private]
There was a stretch of over two minutes with no scoring as Strasburg held a two possession lead, but Moorefield’s Lindsey Rinker netted her second field goal with 35 seconds left in the first period to cut the deficit to 9-7.
Rinker led the Yellow Jackettes with 20 points overall, but Nautica Crosco made six points in the first two minutes and change of the second period during a 9-0 run.
Strasburg’s Daniella Henry (6’2”) grabbed a defensive rebound and assisted Camerin Alsberry on a jumper before Moorefield went on the run in the second period.
Henry stood with her hands up as Crosco drove inside and contact was made resulting in one free throw point.
Moorefield’s Anna Riggleman made a defensive rebound and dished the ball to Rinker, who launched the ball deep to Crosco for a layup plus the harm and extra point to tie the game at 11-all at 6:55.
Emma Baker blocked a shot for the Yellow Jackettes, then Rinker recovered the ball and no points came on the possession.
Baker stole the ball and tossed it to Riggleman, who was fouled and made one free throw.
Riggleman made a defensive rebound and found Crosco open for a jumper at 5:50, then Rinker swiped the ball and scored for a 16-11 lead.
Crosco knocked the ball away and made a save, but it was caught by Strasburg’s Hannah Alexander and Riggleman committed a foul.
Baker blocked a shot by Alexander, but Riggleman made another foul.
Strasburg’s Jaden Alsberry (6’2”) netted a jumper off the inbound pass.
Riggleman made an offensive rebound, but the Yellow Jackettes lost possession with an over and back midcourt violation.
Reid scored off that turnover to pull the Lady Rams within one, 16-15 at 4:40.
Reid made a defensive rebound, but Rinker blocked the next shot attempt and Baker recovered the ball.
Baker grabbed an offensive board and passed to Rinker for a 3-pointer at 4:01.
Reid managed to score one free throw and a field goal over the next minute and change to make it 19-18 at 2:27.
Rinker drew a foul and netted both foul shots to boost the lead again.
Reid answered with a jumper over two defenders with her long arms keeping the ball out of reach.
Strasburg got a defensive rebound before walking, then Moorefield’s Remi Hinkle went to the free throw line making one shot.
Strasburg’s Natalie Hott evened the score at 22-all on a pair of free throws at 1:43.
Hinkle scored on the next possession as the Yellow Jackettes regained the lead.
Both teams missed shots with rebounds by Moorefield’s Madison McGregor and Strasburg’s Hott, respectively on defense.
Cameron Alsberry netted a jumper to tie the game with 35 seconds left in the half, then Crosco lost the ball trying to save it at mid-court in the waning seconds and Jaden Alsberry snatched it leading to a layup at the buzzer to five the Lady Rams a 26-24 edge.
Riggleman made rebounds on both ends of the floor to start the third period, but the Yellow Jackettes didn’t get a score as Alsberry took the next carom on defense.
Baker grabbed a defensive board and connected with Rinker for a layup at the 7:00 mark to tie it up.
Baker stole the ball and Riggleman scored on a putback as Moorefield took the lead at 6:27.
Alexander made an offensive rebound, then Henry netted a jumper to knot the contest again at 6:00.
Strasburg’s Maddie Smallwood collected a defensive rebound, then Riggleman poked the ball away and Rinker made a dive for it only to have it slide out.
The Lady Rams lost the ball under pressure from Baker, but Alsberry blocked the ensuing attempt.
Strasburg missed four consecutive field goals with rebounds by Alexander and Henry before a jump ball.
Ringer scored on a jumper at the 4:47 mark to put Moorefield in the lead, but the Lady Rams changed it on a three-point play from Henry, 31-30.
Reid stole the ball, but it was swiped back by Moorefield’s Gracie O’Neill.
Moorefield hit the rim and the ball went off the Lady Rams, then Hott stole the ball and Baker blocked her breakaway layup.
Baker scored on the following series to take the lead back, then Hott tied it on a free throw.
Baker scored on a jumper, then Rinker stole the ball and stepped out.
Jaden Alsberry scored in the paint to tie the game at 34-all at 2:43.
After a jump ball, Baker stole the ball and Gianna Fair made an offensive rebound with a pass out to Baker for a 3-pointer, 37-34.
Fair made rebound off a missed free throw, then Crosco deflected a pass and Baker dove for the ball and was fouled by Camerin Alsberry.
Baker nailed another 3-pointer as Moorefield took a 40-34 lead with 52 seconds left in the third period.
Baker forced a jump ball, then Henry blocked a shot and Rinker stole the ball back leading to her own 3-pointer with 18 ticks left, 43-36.
Jaden Alsberry did a pump fake, then drilled a jumper for a buzzer-beater as the Lady Rams picked up momentum entering the final period.
Alsberry created an old-fashioned three point play to begin the fourth period closing the deficit to 43-39.
Smallwood stole the ball, but missed and Riggleman made the rebound.
Henry collected a defensive rebound, then Reid completed a three point play during a putback, 43-42 at 7:01.
Crosco broke free of a trap with a pass to Riggleman for a basket.
Reid missed a pair of foul shots, but Baker made one on the other end.
Reid made a field goal, then Crosco missed two foul shots.
Riggleman and Rinker executed a trap to force a turnover, the Crosco drew a foul again and added one point.
Reid equalized the game at 47-all for the Lady Rams on a three-point play with 4:25 remaining.
Smallwood swiped the ball, but Moorefield snatched it back as Riggleman deflected a pass over to Crosco.
Jaden Alsberry blocked a shot, then Smallwood stole the ball and drew a foul leading to two free throws made for the lead.
Henry grabbed a defensive rebound and Hott netted a jumper for a two possession advantage, 51-47 with 3:30 to go.
The Yellow Jackettes walked, but the pressure enabled a steal by Riggleman, who was fouled and didn’t connect at the line.
Strasburg lost the ball out of bounds on a trap by Baker and Rinker.
Reid collected a defensive rebound and was fouled with one free throw made.
Hott stole the ball after a rebound by Riggleman which drew contact for one free throw added, 53-47 with 2:04 left.
Reid reached over the back to grab a rebound and missed the shot, then RInker grabbed the board and was fouled with no points coming off the line.
Alsberry made a rebound and Smallwood was fouled leading to one free throw.
The Yellow Jackettes missed the next field goal attempt, then a trap by Rinker and Crosco appeared to create a turnover with the ball falling through to Baker, but a timeout was called on the sidelines.
Jaden Alsberry sank a jumper to put Strasburg top 56-47 with 1:21 remaining.
Riggleman grabbed an offensive board, but the shot didn’t fall again and Reid took the carom.
Riggleman stole the ball and found Baker for a long range jumper.
Moorefield applied full-court pressure and the referee called a five-second inbound violation, but the turnover was negated as another referee indicated a timeout from the coach.
Riggleman blocked the next shot, then the Lady Rams were whistled for an offensive foul.
Smallwood made a defensive rebound and was immediately fouled with 19 seconds to go by Crosco, who fouled out.
Smallwood added one free throw, then Rinker was fouled on a 3-pointer attempt and made two of the three foul shots for a 57-51 score.
Alsberry made the rebound, but Baker stole the ball and missed and Riggleman’s last rebound putback attempt drew iron as the horn sounded.
After Rinker’s team-best 21 points, Baker netted 13 and Crosco made eight markers.
The Yellow Jackettes visited Union yesterday and will play in the Petersburg Tip-off Tournament this Friday and Saturday with the first contest against Pendleton County at 6:00.[/private]