CASTLETON — The Ichabod Crane girls earned a big road win over Maple Hill 52-25 in the first round of the Holiday Hoopfest at The Hill on Wednesday.

The Riders advanced to the finals to play Tamarac on Thursday.

Carolina Williams led the Riders, and the rest of the field, with 17 points and a balanced offense. Ashley Ames had 12 points for Ichabod Crane, Abigail Dolge added seven, and Alexa Barkley and Malati Culver each had six points.

The Riders got off to a hot start shooting in the first quarter, knocking down a few three pointers to get themselves a 14-8 lead after one period.

Carolina Williams took over for Ichabod Crane in the second period, scoring 13 in the quarter on five twos and one three for the Riders. Williams’ teammates combined for 13 points to match her output in the second, a 26-point quarter for the Riders to take a comfortable 40-14 lead at halftime.

Ichabod Crane pumped the brakes in the second half, settling for a ten-point third quarter, and only two in the fourth. It was their defense that stifled the Wildcats’ attempts on offense though, and their relentless hustle earned them a big win on Maple Hill’s home court.

“The girls are starting to buy in on the defensive end and are working hard,” Ichabod Crane coach Dave Ames said. “We pressured them and got our hands on a lot of balls, which led to a good first half, offensively.”

Boys

Hoosic Valley 50, ICC 38

The Hoosic Valley Indians boys basketball team defeated the Ichabod Crane Riders 50-38 in the Holiday Hoopfest opening round.

The Riders were out five players due to COVID and missed their contributors immensely. Isaiah Eckler led the Indians with 17 points and teammate Logan Reilly added 16. Daniel Warner, Avery Clickman, and Alex Schmidt combined for 28 points as the Riders’ top scorers.

The Riders did well switching spots on the court to play off the ball on defense in the first quarter, limiting the Indians’ ball movement. Near the end of the quarter it was Hoosic Valley’s defense forcing contested shots by Ichabod Crane and they led 13-7.

Eckler was fouled early in the second period on a fastbreak layup but he missed the extra foul shot. Dylan McCrudden had the same opportunity for the Riders at the other end of the court, making the shot on the floor and missing the free throw as well.

Ichabod Crane tied it at 15 late in the quarter, but Hoosic Valley did not relent and took a 21-17 lead into halftime.

The Indians flirted with a ten-point lead the entire third quarter, trading baskets with the Riders for the duration. Reilly made a number of shots in the third, and had ten points in the quarter to help the Indians keep their opponents at arm’s length.

The Riders still had trouble getting space for clean shot attempts in the second half, and they trailed the Indians 36-29 after three quarters.

After much of the same in the fourth, Ichabod Crane took a full timeout with 3:46 remaining, still down by ten. The Indians maintained a 12 point lead down the stretch and they won by that same margin 50-38 as the Riders failed to climb back in the game.

Maple Hill 76, Lee (MA) 37

The Maple Hill were victorious over the Lee Wildcats 76-37 in the next game, advancing to play Hoosic Valley in the finals of their holiday tournament.

Luke Hoffman was atop the stat sheet with 21 points for Maple Hill, with teammate Ben Marra close behind, scoring 20 points of his own.

Maple Hill put up 25 points in the first, 24 in the second, and 23 in the third. They worked extremely hard for those three quarters and put it on autopilot for the fourth quarter after going up big and cruising to the finals with a 76-37 victory.

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