The Crusaders Girls Varsity Basketball team started their 2022-2023 season on Friday, December 2 at Saugerties High School. The Crusaders finished last year with a 16-6 record, and their season came to an end with loss to Warwick in the Section 9 Title game 35-24.
The Crusaders took on the Raiders of Red Hook in the first round of a season opening tournament at Saugerties High School. Both teams got off to a slow start. Madison Fileen scored 4 points for the Crusaders as the teams were tied at 5 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter the Crusaders surged ahead of the Raiders. Ella Natal hit a big 3 to spark the team and Fileen scored 8 more points as the Crusaders took a 16-11 lead into the half. Foul trouble early in the third quarter slowed the Crusaders down, and the Raiders cut the Crusaders lead down to 25-23 by the end of the third quarter.
The two teams locked into a defensive struggle in the fourth quarter. After the Raiders tied the score, with 2:13 left in the game, Zoe Hudson stole the ball and scored to put the Crusaders back up 29-27. But that was where the Crusaders luck ran out as the Raiders hit a 3 point shot with :50 left in the game to give the Raiders a 30-29 victory.
The Crusaders next game will be on Saturday when they take on the Bulldogs of Beacon in the consolation game.