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Ragdolls lose to Carroll in basketball quarter finals


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The Archbishop Ryan Ragdolls lost to Archbishop Carroll in the PCL quarter final game on Feb. 16 at Carroll, 56-45.

The Ragdolls finished regular season play ranked fifth. With coming in fifth, the team earned a bye and didn’t have to play this passed Tuesday. Carroll was ranked fourth.

Ryan had a tough game shooting; at times it looked like they couldn’t buy a basket.  Overall, Ryan’s shooting percentage was 29 percent from the field and 69 percent from the foul line.  The leading scorer for Ryan was sophomore Taliyah Rahman with 13 followed by Annie Cashman, a junior, with 12 points.

“We dug ourselves into a deeper hole than we would have liked but going into halftime we knew we had to come out stronger and leave it all out on the court,” said senior Amanda Lawson.

The scoring was all Carroll in the first quarter. Their lead was 19-7, which got the home crowd riled up.

Ryan came back to close the gap to eight points after three quarters, with the score 40 (Carroll) to 32 (Ryan),  but the Ragdolls could not capitalize with threes in the fourth quarter.

Carroll’s leading scorer was Bella Sorrentino with 14 points and seven rebounds followed closely by Molly Masciantonio with nine points and seven rebounds.  Masciantonio credits the entire team for the win.

Ryan is a great team,” said Sorrentino.”We knew we had to work hard to beat them. We had to do what we practiced and play our game. We played as a team, all 14 of us. We practice to hard to do anything else. Every game counts now, so we had to play every game like it’s our last; that’s what we thought entering the Ryan game. We had a big lead but Ryan showed a lot of heart and fought back. It took a team effort to win the game.”

The Ragdolls had worked hard after a big loss during the regular season and the playoff game’s final score shows the improvement of the team.  With three graduating seniors, Ryan has all five starters returning and the team will be one to watch next year.

“I am expecting really big things for us next season,” said Caela Russell. ”With all five starters coming back, we can only grow as a team and get better individually. Hopefully next year we will have a different outcome in the playoffs then this year considering we all had a season playing with each other under our belts.”

The semi finals move to Philadelphia University on Thursday and the finals are held at the Palestra, so no team has home court advantage.

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Ragdolls lose to Carroll in basketball quarter finals