Marlboro’s girls’ basketball team came to New Paltz undefeated 7-0 Friday and were rolling early, up 8-0 with 5:45 left in the first quarter.
But near the end of the period, Missy Sadler, at the post for Marlboro, injured an ankle rebounding on the defensive end for the Dukes. Sadler left the game and went to the hospital as the Dukes fought to control the game.
They fell behind by eight points with 2:18 left in the fourth after leading 47-46 at the third quarter, but a 15-0 run at the end with some stellar foul shooting saved the undefeated streak with 66-59 victory.
“We struggled without her,” said Julia Rusk, who scored 17 points for the Dukes. “We did it for Missy, definitely. A lot of people on my team stepped up.”
Rusk went four for four from the foul line in the fourth and Taylor Felicello, who scored 10 points, went five for six at the foul line in the fourth as the Dukes played with their strength at the end.
“We played through it,” said Rusk.
Talaya Lewis, who led Marlboro with 19 points, scored nine points during the team’s surge in the fourth. The Dukes improved to 8-0 after beating Highland earlier in the week, and Marion Casey, Marlboro’s coach, said Sadler’s injury, forcing the team to fight and come back, may have helped the squad deal with adversity.
“Missy is a huge part of this team, and without her, it’s a shock,” said Casey. “We need games where it’s not so easy.”
By Bond Brungard