Posted On: 11/30/19 8:22 PM
What could be better than a Thanksgiving weekend matchup in the DMV featuring two of the country's top teams? Not much that I can think of. New Hope came into the game ranked number 1 in the country while Riverdale Baptist carried a number 7 ranking into the fray. Number 9 Bishop McNamara was the host of the event which was billed as the Cobra United Tip Off Classic. The first part of this game resembled a championship boxing match with both teams feeling each other out, throwing jabs and an occasional power punch.
Both teams eventually settled in and the first quarter ended with Riverdale holding a 16-12 lead. The Crusaders turned up the heat defensively in the second and extended their lead to 29-17 at the half. Rutgers recruit Elizabeth Martino made some big shots that ignited her team and the crowd.
New Hope came out with a furious rally to start the third and completely changed the game by outscoring Riverdale 11-1 in the quarter. With their cut down to 30-28 after 3, The Crusaders answered with their own 8-2 run and set up a dynamite fourth quarter.
New Hope slowly chipped away at Riverdale's lead thanks