Despite a stellar fourth quarter, Riverhead was unable to overcome a slow start at Eastport-South Manor yesterday, losing the non-league matchup 47-43.
ESM got off to a hot start, sinking layups one after another, for a 7-1 lead after just five minutes into the game. The Blue Waves regained their composure and proceeded to gain the zone and score some points, but it was a tough first half for Riverhead, ending with the Waves down 27-19.
Riverhead picked up some momentum in the second half as the Waves began to play a tighter defense. In the fourth quarter, Riverhead was a team on fire, scoring at will, snaring rebounds under the hoop, making timely steals and causing ESM to rush its passes. The Waves came within one point, 42-41 with about with about 1:30 on the clock, but ESM held on to put the game away, 47-43.
Faith Johnson-Dasilva led Riverhead with 19, followed by Angie Graziano with 13, Kristina Dunn with 6, and Kate McCarney with 5 points.
Riverhead (1-2) hosts Connequot (2-2) next Tuesday (Dec. 19) in its first League 2 game this season.
RiverheadLOCAL photos by George Faella