But while Shaker struggled from the line, Colonie had problems from the field, connecting on just 4-of-20 shots in the first half. The Blue Bison had a 32-28 lead at the half.
Colonie's leading scorer, Tehresa Coles, was forced to the bench in foul trouble in the first quarter and didn't play the second quarter. She picked up her third foul just 53 seconds into the third quarter and had to play cautiously the rest of the way. She fouled out with less than a minute remaining, scoring just eight points.
"We knew this game would have a lot of pushing and shoving, so I wasn't surprised with players getting into foul trouble," Colonie coach Heather Fiore said. "Two of the best players [Madison Rowland and Coles] were both constantly hustling for the ball, and that's what happens."
Shaker led 45-43 entering the fourth quarter, but Colonie's Kawandi Young tied the game at 45 with a bucket and Sydnie Rosales laid the ball in off the glass to give the Garnett Raiders their only lead of the game, 47-45, with 6:26 left to play.
Colonie didn't get a chance to enjoy the lead for long, as Madison Rowland drained a three-pointer 20 seconds later.
"I knew that shot was going in the minute it left my hand," said Madison Rowland, who led all scorers with 18 points.
Shaker then scored the next six points of the game to open up a 54-48 lead.
"We fought tooth and nail all the way," Caschera said. "Colonie didn't back down - not one bit."
Rosales led the Garnet Raiders with 17 points, and sophomore Jacklyn Welch had 16.""