2022.02.14 Girls Basketball: Stone Bridge @ Riverside

Lansdowne, VA (February 14, 2022) - On the opening night of basketball playoffs, the place to be was clearly Riverside High School. A double-header pitting the 4th and 5th Potomac District seeds against each other is always the best first game, and with that set up for both the girls and boys brackets, it couldn't get much better.

In the girls' game, the Rams opponent would be the Stone Bridge Bulldogs. Riverside had a slightly better overall record, but the two teams were tied in the district standings. In other words, it was anyone's game to win.

Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action and emotion and posted a gallery of images from the game.

Stone Bridge started off well, and took an opening 5-0 lead, but Riverside's Kaylie Avvisato hit two long-range jumpers to get the Rams back in it. The score was tied, 12-12, at the end of the first quarter.

The Bulldogs' Addie Hafer hit a three-pointer to open the second period for a short-lived Stone Bridge lead, 15-12. But neither team could take control and the lead went back and forth for the next few minutes. And then, suddenly, the Rams caught fire. Another big shot from Avvisato and a three from Ella Mahaffey made it 30-21, with Riverside firmly in control at halftime.

After the break, with Leah Harden pounding the ball inside, Stone Bridge began closing the gap, and as the third quarter ended the margin was just 39-38 with Riverside still in front.

In the final period, Riverside maintained their slim margin until Harden sank two free throws to give the Bulldogs their first lead since the opening quarter, 45-44, which they quickly expanded to 49-44 with just a minute to play. For the remainder of the game, Riverside forced the Bulldogs to the foul line hoping to steal points back, but Stone Bridge was good enough to maintain their lead and advance to the next round--a matchup with top-seeded Woodgrove.

Final Score: Stone Bridge 55 - Riverside 49 

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