AVON LAKE, Ohio – The 2018-19 season of Rocky River Girls’ Basketball tipped off on Monday night. River opened its season with a challenging game at Avon Lake, a contest that saw the Pirates shoot just 17.4 percent (8-for-46) from the field. The Shoregals defeated the Pirates by a final of 62-23.
Rocky River (0-1) struggled early, notching just two points in the opening quarter. But the Pirates gained confidence – and in many cases for the young team, a first look at varsity action – as Monday’s game wore on.
“The girls continued to fight and work hard,” said Head Coach Elaine Robinson.
The Maroon & White were outscored, 20-2, in the first. The Pirates rallied on defense and were on the down side of a 9-5 score in the second.
“Playing hard on defense slowed them down and yielded some transition opportunities,” said Robinson.
Avon Lake (1-0) utilized second chances (via 15 offensive rebounds) and a plus-15 advantage in turnovers (13 to 28) in the opening-night victory on its home hardwood. Junior guard Arianna Negron tallied 21 points in the victory. The Shoregals shot 37.7 percent (26-of-69) from the floor and 46.7 percent (5-of-15) from beyond the 3-point arc.
The Pirates were led by senior guard Nani Meese (eight points) and freshman guard Taylor Spies (six). Julia (nine rebounds) and Maria (seven) Potts led the River effort on the boards. Julia Potts and Spies each garnered three steals on the night.
“Playing a talented Avon Lake team was a good experience for our entire varsity squad,” said Robinson.
CANNON FIRE …
YOUNG BUCS: Monday’s opening-night varsity contest was the nightcap of a triple-header for the program. The River freshmen were defeated, 35-6. Mila Ricketti notched five points and was a standout on defense. In junior varsity action, the Shoregals prevailed, 40-16. Sophomore Maria Bakir scored eight points for the Pirates.
SCHEDULE UPDATE: Wednesday’s scheduled home game against Brecksville has been canceled. The Pirates’ next contest is slated for Dec. 5 at Valley Forge.
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