Franklin D. Roosevelt High School’s girls basketball team withstood a late surge by Red Hook and outlasted the visiting Raiders, 52-50, on Tuesday.
Sophomore point guard Ashley Merritt led Roosevelt (7-2) with a game-high 23 points, and post players Darien Demelis and Allison Pritchard (14 points) created second chances on offense.
Red Hook had an opportunity to win on the game’s last possession, but eighth-grader Jessica Wilkinson missed a 3-pointer, and Kyla Gabriel missed a jumper.
“It was a great win. We’ve been working so hard to get here,” Merritt said.
Roosevelt head coach Cliff Sauer praised his team’s defense and team rebounding.
“I thought we came up big with some big rebounds today,” he said. “I thought our defensive intensity was very good. I think that was the key.”
Julianne Wilkinson had a team-high 17 points for Red Hook.
The Presidents trailed 12-6 after the first quarter, but Merritt hit a 3 and Pritchard scored to give Roosevelt the lead. The lead changed hands four times in the period, but Roosevelt ended the second quarter on a 10-4 run to lead 23-18 at halftime.
Roosevelt led by as many as eight points before Red Hook fought back to tie the score at 33-33 at the end of the third. Each Wilkinson sister had four points in an 8-0 run to end the period. Roosevelt outscored Red Hook 19-17 in the fourth.
“We had opportunities at the end,” Red Hook coach Pam White said. “What killed us was that second quarter.”