PHOTOS: Ramapo Survives Lady Cutters on Opening Night

The Girls Basketball team dedicated the night to freshman point guard Keyla Martinez, who's recovering from a cerebral hemorrhage

couldn't quite pull out a victory in front of a packed crowd on opening night Friday against Ramapo, losing 37-35 in a game the team dedicated to .

Martinez, who is recovering from a cerebral hemorrhage she suffered while working out with the team the Monday before Thanksgiving, was released from the hospital Sunday.

She came to Friday's game with her parents, Ruben and Luisa, and was honored before the game. During the contest, Martinez sat on the bench with the team, dressed in her team jersey and jeans. Fans wore Keyla Martinez t-shirts and periodically broke out into rousing chants of, "Let's Go Keyla!"

The Lady Cutters got off to a lead early in the game, but got into foul trouble matching up with the bigger Rampao squad and went into the half down a bucket.

The game looked like it could be slipping away from Fair Lawn in the third quarter when the Lady Cutters couldn't find a bucket and risked falling behind by double digits. But they stormed back in the fourth with tough defense and important baskets by freshman Alex Kerr and senior Sam Lebowitz.

Senior point guard Regina Tillar got the crowd into it in the game's waning minutes when she hit an off-balance runner in the lane to cut the Raiders' lead to two, but that's as close as the Cutters would get.

Ramapo ran out the clock's final seconds and prevailed 37-35.

Junior Jen Calabrese scored a team-high 11 points for the Lady Cutters.

Senior sixth-man Ariel Mann-Harper suffered a left knee injury early in the second half and spent the rest of the game with her leg in a brace, resting in an elevated position.

Athletic trainer Jason LoCicero said he a preliminary evaluation led him to believe that Mann-Harper's injury was to her ACL.


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