Despite Riley having two seasons worth of romantic development with Lucas, it’s apparently totally plausible that she sees him like a brother, but totally impossible that Maya sees him that way.
Riley falling for a concept? Totally possible. Maya referencing a place when trying to prove that she still likes Lucas, which might suggest she fell for the moment and not him - nope, definitely not a thing.
Riley likes Lucas because she’s acting like Maya? Makes sense. Maya likes Lucas because she’s acting like Riley? No! That’s such bad writing!
Despite the fact that thematically, Riley is meant to mirror Topanga and Maya is meant to mirror Lauren, this is completely impossible, because they once sat at the bay window together, and they sat in an order which suggests that Maya is Topanga.
Let’s just all agree that every single one of these outcomes - regardless of who they apply to - are extremely shitty forms of writing. (except for the Lauren x Cory x Topanga sl. That one is fine. It’s just extremely annoying, because it’s between two best friends).