continued "We were in it at the end, and you want that shot to win it," said Colonie coach Heather Fiore. "We had that shot, but we just couldn't make it."
Rosales' two missed shots represented a trend that Colonie couldn't reverse all night. The Garnet Raiders kept going to the basket, but they had a difficult time converting on what should have been easy shots. There were several sequences in which Colonie had multiple close-range shots, thanks to strong offensive rebounding by Kawandi Young and Ashley Loggins. Still, Colonie managed to make less than 25 percent of its field goals.
"Our plan was to get to the basket, and we did that," said Fiore. "But when you miss 25 layups, that's what happens [a loss]."
Shen started strong by scoring the first seven points of the game, but Loggins soon changed the momentum. The senior forward scored 10 points during a 13-0 Colonie spurt that gave the Garnet Raiders a 13-7 lead early in the second quarter.
When Loggins was called for her second foul later in the second quarter and had to sit on the bench, Shen siezed control. The Plainswomen ended the period on a 9-1 run to turn a 14-10 deficit into a 19-15 halftime lead.
"It was unfortunate that we couldn't keep the momentum going," said Fiore.
Shen got most of its first-half points from Lewis, Mary Kate Cusack and Alyssia Marsal, but it was star guard Emily Weber who took control in the second half. Weber launched three three-pointers during an 11-point third quarter and made four key free throws in the fourth quarter on her way to a game-high 20 points.
"Em is a team player. She's always looking for teammates who are open," said Strube. "But we talked briefly at halftime, and I said, 'Look, you need to go to the basket more,' and she started to do that in the second half."
Colonie remained within striking distance thanks to Rosales, who scored 11 of her 12 points in the second half. Loggins and Young also contributed with clutch free throws. Loggins finished the night with 16 points and 14 rebounds, while Young added nine points and 13 boards.
Both teams now take breaks from Suburban Council action as the league hits the Christmas break. Colonie's next league game is Jan. 3 against Saratoga, while Shen faces Bethlehem.