Elmont was leading the entire game, but Herricks made a run and cut it to two points late in the fourth quarter. Elmont needed something to stave off the charge, and Bria Fisher had the answer.
Fisher scored on a layup with 1:41 remaining to push the lead to four points and Elmont held on for a 32-27 road win over Herricks Friday night in a Nassau Conference AA-III girls basketball game.
Fisher had 10 points and 13 rebounds. Her key basket gave Elmont (6-4, 6-2) a 30-26 lead.
"I was struggling getting the ball all game," Fisher said. "[Alison] Ricchiuti did a good job on me, but in the fourth quarter, I knew I had to make that basket to keep the lead."
Ricchiuti hit a free throw with 1:33 left to make it 30-27, but Elmont then went 2-for-4 from the foul line and dealt Herricks (10-1, 7-1) its first loss.
Ricchiuti scored 29 points in a 46-35 win over Elmont last month. She was limited to six points Friday and took only nine shots from the field.
"We limited Ricchiuti's three-pointers," Fisher said. "That killed us in the first game. We turned it up on defense and locked them out. As soon as she gave it up, she couldn't get it back."
Sahadia Cadet hit a three-pointer off the glass with 33 seconds left in the third period to give Elmont a 26-19 lead. Herricks' Kim Givelechian scored on a putback with 2:07 left to pull her team within 28-26, but the Highlanders never did get a late lead.
After opening the season with four straight losses, Elmont has won six straight.
"We started out rough early on," Elmont coach Tom Magno said. "We were finding ways to lose. Hopefully, we have made that shift [that] we're finding ways to win those close games."