By Benito Vila
It’s not easy being a small fish in a big pond, especially when the bigger fish are looking for a bite. The Ross School Lady Raven basketball team has only been playing bigger schools this season, a most difficult challenge given that oftentimes there has been only one player in reserve.
That has led to one-sided outcomes and late fades, the girls struggling to maintain their stamina as the other teams bring in fresh legs. The frustration of that experience fell away a bit last Thursday, the Ross team posting a 46-37 overtime win in Port Jefferson.
The Lady Ravens closed out their season this week, a 66-26 loss at Southold and a 45-23 loss at home to Mercy making their final mark 1-11. Team coach Garrett Cutler came away from Thursday’s win with nothing but praise for his team saying, “Everyone contributed as we played very sound offense and aggressive defense. We kept them out of the middle and off of the foul line.”
Ross was down late in regulation but a three-point shot by Kayla Jerido with just over a minute left and a free throw by Lyndsey Fridie with 14 seconds left kept the score even. In describing extra period, Coach Cutler added, “We controlled the game perfectly in overtime. We possessed the ball, made our shots, moved the ball beautifully and made our free throws.”
Fridie finished with 23 points and Jerido 19, the pair accounting for all but four of the Lady Ravens’ total.
The Ravens, meanwhile, finished 4-10, one-sided losses this week to Bridehampton, Southold and Greenport putting a 1-10 stretch between an initial 3-0 start and the end of the season.
Liam Chaskey and Brendan Pettaway proved to be the Ravens’ most reliable scorers, each averaging close to 18 points a game. Futhito Yoshida and Hayden Aldredge also came on to earn time on the court this season. All four players are due to return, and only two on the team are due to graduate, the future looking brighter than the boys’ final mark might suggest.