WHITE PLAINS – Scarsdale may have prevented an opening 17-point run in its rematch against Lourdes in the Section 1 Class AA semifinal, but it still would not have been enough to hold off the young and talented Warriors squad at the County Center Thursday.
Lourdes, one year removed from the section final, will head back on Sunday after muscling out a 58-53 win over Scarsdale. The Warriors (19-2) will play No. 1 Ossining or No. 5 North Rockland on the tournament’s final day at 2 p.m.
Making their first County Center appearance under coach Mike Blanco, the Raiders had a late glimmer of hope after stealing an inbounds pass with less than a minute to play and trailing by six. Scarsdale (15-6) missed the ensuing layup, all but sealing the game.
“We have nothing to be ashamed of,” said Blanco, who is in his fourth year at the helm of the Raiders. “We came here and played a team really, really tough; we had our opportunity to win … we didn’t win; we did the best we could, we held our heads high and I’m very proud of my team.”
The junior duo of Lindsay Kramer and Rachel Cohen were sensational, scoring 19 and 18 points respectively. For a team that has faced injuries to almost every starter on its team at some point in the season, making the County Center was a statement in its own right for Scarsdale.
“The roles switch. Every single game, someone else had to be the scorer,” Cohen said. “I think it says a lot about our team. I don’t think many teams can do that. We’re lucky we have the girls that can do that.”
Scarsdale’s Lindsay Kramer steals the ball from Lourdes’ Emily Ferreri during their Class AA girls basketball semifinal at the Westchester County Center Feb. 26, 2015. Lourdes won 58-53.
Blanco said that when he took the position in 2012 that he promised “a couple of people” that Scarsdale would make the County Center by this year. With only three seniors on the roster, the Raiders should be considered an early favorite to return next year.
Blanco and the girls are already planning on it.
“We have a date, with the girls that return,” he said. “We have a date to come back here again.”