The Onteora Indians are not a terribly skilled or strong basketball team, but they are big; their starting five includes two players, Kaitlyn King and Heather Trimobli, who are more than 6 feet tall. Against Rhinebeck’s Lady Hawks, a team with players who max out at about 5’9,” they’re likely to have a field day.
And they certainly did Friday night in Rhinebeck when they beat the Lady Hawks, 45-9.
It didn’t help Rhinebeck that Onteora was running a high press from the tipoff. Rhinebeck kept things tight in the opening minutes by disrupting Onteora passes and flushing two buckets, one courtesy of Lizzy Kroll and the other by Natalie Hutchins. The big hole became apparent halfway through the first, however, when Rhinebeck’s defensive commitment to keeping the Indians shut down almost always left someone open on the lower block. Purple came out of the quarter trailing 14-4.
The second and third quarters were all Onteora’s. Rhinebeck couldn’t make anything happen in the third, literally, and went into the half trailing 30-4, even after the Indians sent the bench out in the final minutes of the quarter; Purple wouldn’t get back on the board until the final minute of the third quarter, when Sydney Spencer netted a free throw.
Rhinebeck hung only four points on the Indians in the fourth. With the loss, they fall to a record of 4-8.
Adrianna Decicco of Onteora led the night in scoring with 13 points; Lizzy Kroll led Rhinebeck with three.
Rhinebeck head coach Marc Burg didn’t have much to say after the game.
“I think Onteora’s a really good team – I actually went up and scouted them last night. Two of their players are really good, but they showed that their whole team is strong,” Burg told the Observer. “We’re going to come back on Monday and regroup.”
Things aren’t going to get any easier for Purple in the short term: they visit division-leading Coleman on Wednesday, Feb. 5.