Lansdowne, VA (February 11, 2019) - What a night for the Riverside Rams. For the first time ever they would host not one, but two Dulles District playoff games. Both the boys and the girls teams had earned the third seed and the right to play the sixth seed.
For the girls, their opponent would be the Loudoun County Raiders, a team accustomed to playoff success in a rebuilding year. The Raiders roster included just two seniors as opposed to the Rams' six so the difference in experience was significant.
Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action and emotion and posted a gallery of images from the game.
The Rams took a quick lead and never lost it. By the end of the first quarter, the score was 16-7 and that margin stayed pretty much the same for the duration of the contest. In fact, the Raiders made it a little closer at halftime, 25-18, but they never really threatened to take the lead.
The best word to describe the Riverside team is "balance." It would be hard, and perhaps a bit unfair, to single out one individual for accolades in this game. Their total team philosophy worked on both ends of the court with most of their baskets coming off of set plays and ending in layups. Their oppressive defense made it virtually impossible for the Raiders to get anything uncontested.
On the Loudoun County side, they have reason to be excited about next year. Leah Harden was everywhere for her team making big defensive stops and key baskets. Her floor leadership belied the fact that she's just a freshman. And, although they were fairly well outplayed, the whole team and coaching staff stayed focused and determined.
And so it's on to the next round for Riverside. They'll play the Woodgrove Wolverines for a chance to go on to the Dulles District championship and regional play. If they can continue to play the same smart, consistent, and, yes, balanced style they should have a good chance to advance.
Final Score: Riverside 44 - Loudoun County 27