The John Jay girls basketball team was looking to make a statement in Wednesday’s season opener, as it hosted perennial Class A power Our Lady of Lourdes.
The Indians did indeed make a statement, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to pull out a win as Lourdes rallied for a 36-34 victory.
“We were ahead from the opening tap to the last 10 seconds. We had them on the ropes,” said head coach Greg Blake. “It was a horrible way to lose.”
John Jay had taken a 24-12 halftime lead, but Lourdes — a Class AA finalist a year ago — outscored the Indians 12-2 in the third quarter to cut the lead to 26-24.
Lourdes finally pulled even at 30-30 with about two minutes left.
John Jay had the ball, and a two-point lead, with under a minute left. But after a missed shot, Lourdes tied the game, and then scored off a steal with 10 seconds left for its first lead of the game. John Jay’s last-second shot was no good.
The Indians scored only 10 second-half points, and Blake guessed they missed 10 to 12 lay-ups. But he couldn’t take anything away from his players after the effort they put forth.
“The kids played their hearts out. They played as hard as any team I’ve ever coached. They really wanted to win this game,” said Blake. “We’ll be okay. If we can hang in there with a team like Lourdes, we’ll be okay.”
Center Sarah Lang had a “monster game” inside, he said, with 14 points, 22 rebounds and five blocked shots.
Sydney Glenn and Molly Newcomb each scored five points, and Courtney Knox and Sasha Puglisi had four points each. Delaney Spencer added two points.