Coming into the season-opener Friday, Dec. 3 against Indian Lake/Long Lake, Riley, a senior, needed just one point to tie Brittany Barney’s old record of 745 points set in 2007. Riley surpassed that mark early in the game and went on to score 12 points in a 41-29 non-league loss to the Orange.
“It’s quite an accomplishment for a small school like Lake Placid,” said Lake Placid coach Frank Johns. “The great thing is she’s got the rest of the year.”
Riley missed the first six games of her freshman season, but has since been a mainstay in the Blue Bombers lineup. She led the way once again on Friday with a team-high seven rebounds and five blocks.
Indian Lake/Long Lake took control of the game early, racing out to a 20-9 lead by halftime. Johns said the teams played evenly in the second half.
“We made way too many mistakes in the first half,” Johns said. “We started out slow. We were out of sync. As we got to the second half, things started happening.”
Indian Lake/Long Lake’s Carli Reynolds led all scorers with 21 points, while teammate Allison Pine chipped in 11.
Danielle Balestrini scored seven points for the Blue Bombers, while Ayla Thompson and Mackenzie Kemmerer each had four.
Friday’s game was a rematch of last year’s Section VII, Class D semifinals, a game Lake Placid won 39-33. Lake Placid went on to lose the championship game against an undefeated Westport team, and finished 16-5.
Lake Placid senior Stephanie Murphy follows through on a jump shot during the Blue Bombers opener against Indian Lake/Long Lake.
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