---- — TROY — The Clinton Community College women’s basketball team struggled defensively in the second half Thursday night and dropped a 63-60 decision to Hudson Valley Community College.
Raeshelle Frasier led the Vikings with 28 points, including 25 in the second half.
“We couldn’t stop her in the second half,” Clinton coach Donna Dixon said. “She scored off offensive boards and hit shots from the outside.”
Frasier’s performance overshadowed an outstanding effort by the Cougars’ Katrina Garrand, who finished with 33 points, four rebounds, four assists, five steals and a block.
“They had no answer for Katrina,” Dixon said.
Angelica Smith added 13 points. Samantha Tomeck had 11, and Ashley Creighton scored 10 for the Vikings.
Alisha Ducatte contributed 14 points for the Cougars (8-7), while Jessica Decker finished with six points and seven rebounds.
“We started out flat, but we came on,” Dixon said. “We led by as many as eight or nine points in the second half.
“But what was disappointing was our lack of effort on defense in the second half. We didn’t communicate well or rebound. Plus, we also went cold shooting the basketball.”
Ducatte hit a late three for Clinton, but the Cougars couldn’t overtake the Vikings in the late going.
The Cougars host Fulton-Montgomery Community College at 1 p.m. Saturday and then SUNY Delhi at noon Sunday.
Hudson Valley 63, Clinton 60
Garrand 11-7-33, Gates 0-3-3, Horton 2-0-4, Ducatte 6-0-14, E. Decker 0-0-0, J. Decker 3-0-6, Paul 0-0-0, Agoney 0-0-0, Barber 0-0-0. Totals: 22-10-60.
Hudson Valley (63)
Brown 0-0-0, Creighton 4-0-10, Forehand 0-0-0, Frasier 9-9-28, LaPietra 0-1-1, Pino 0-0-0, Smith 5-3-13, Tomeck 3-4-11. Totals: 21-17-63.
3-point goals: Clinton (6); Garrand 4; Ducatte 2. Hudson Valley (4); Creighton 2; Frasier; Tomeck.
Halftime: Clinton 26-22.