All-Met guard Chania Ray scored 19 points, including a game-winning layup in the final seconds to help Riverdale Baptist to a dramatic 59-58 win over Edgewater (Fla.) in Friday’s Dick’s Sporting Goods High School National Girls’ Tournament semifinals in New York City.
With the win, the Crusaders (28-3) advance to Saturday’s national championship game at Madison Square Garden against Fremont (Utah), which beat Miami Senior High School in the other semifinal Friday.
It was the second last second win for Riverdale Baptist in the past month. The Crusaders beat national power New Hope (N.C.) 59-58 on a buzzer-beating three-pointer from All-Met Player of the Year Chloe Jackson in the National Association of Christian Athletes tournament title game last month in Tennessee.
Jackson scored 11 points and added three assists Friday for Riverdale Baptist, which shot just 25 percent in the first half and had to overcome a 17-point deficit in the second half. The Crusaders were able to do so behind the brilliance of Ray, the Florida State recruit who averaged 17.4 points per game this season.
She dished out five assists in the win, but with just under 10 seconds remaining, decided to go of the length of the floor herself for the win.