NEW BRITAIN - Chelsea Wray-Brown and Ariana Rivas did plenty to fill the stat sheet Thursday night against Hale Ray.
But the combined effort wasn’t enough to overcome a sluggish first half from the Innovation girls basketball team in a 46-42 loss.
Wray-Brown set the program record for points in a single game with 26, breaking Rivas’s previous mark of 21, to go along with eight rebound and three assists. Rivas finished with a double-double, scoring 15 points, while pulling down 11 rebounds. She also had five assists and four steals.
“They played very well off each other tonight,” Innovation head coach Michael Jessie said. “The two stepped up.”
But the Ravens managed just four points in the first quarter and eight points in the second before going into the locker room at the half down 17-12.
The second half was much closer. Both Hale Ray and Innovation scored 17 points in the third quarter and the Ravens had a 13-12 advantage in the fourth.
“It was a tough loss,” Jessie said. “It was the hardest we’ve played all year.”
HALEY RAY 46, INNOVATION 42
Hale Ray 12 5 17 12 - 46
Innovation 4 8 17 13 - 42
Hale Ray: Kayla Bartolotta 1-3-3, Gabby Aquilera 3-2-8, Brooke Praskievicz 5-5-15, Hannah Klick 5-2-15, Emily Emily Cappitella 2-0-5. Totals: 16-10-46.
Innovation: Chelsea Wray-Brown 11-2-26, Ariana Rivas 5-5-15, Leanna Abraham 0-1-1, Lydia Bishop 0-0-0, Jessica Santiago 0-0-0. Totals: 16-8-42.
3-Point Goals: Wray-Brown (I) 2, Klick (HR) 3, Cappitella (HR).
Records: Innovation 3-8, Hale Ray 2-9.