The Crusaders hosted the Tigers from Kingston in a key league matchup on Jan.5 . The Crusaders entered the game with a 3-2 record after losing their last game to Warwick 45-27. The hungry Tigers came into the game looking to break their 6-game winless streak vs the Crusaders.
In the first quarter of the game, the Crusaders got to a 13-10 lead, with Layla Green scoring 5 to get the offense started. The Crusaders increased their lead to 6 at the half with Madison Fileen scoring 5 of her 10 for the game in the quarter. The Tigers came out in the second half a more determined team and cut into the Crusaders lead, and the score was 26-23 at the end of the 3rd.
The Crusaders and Tigers battled through the 4th quarter as the game went down to the wire. Arianna Exarchakis led a valiant effort to keep the lead in the 4th quarter, scoring 7 of her 15 points in the game. But the Tigers finally broke their losing streak and earned their 40-38 victory.
The Crusaders’ loss brings their record to 3-3 on the season. Their next game will be on Saturday when they host the Wallkill Panthers.