EVERLY - The Titans of Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire earned a split in Cornbelt Conference basketball action Friday night at Everly. The Titan girls came up short in a 62-47 decision, but the Titan boys rolled to a 62-23 victory over the Mavericks.
The girls contest saw Clay Cental-Everly take an early 19-12 lead over the Titans as GT/RA?struggled to get the offense flowing in the first quarter. In the second frame, it was more of the same as CC-E was able to connect on their outside shots, while the Titans struggled to get the ball inside for good shots, but trailed 36-26 at the intermission.
The Titans would continue to fight hard in the second half of the contest, but were outscored 13-9 in the third quarter to trail 35-49 at the end of the quarter and went on to fall by the 62-47 final tally.
Grace Skattebo led the Titans with 17 points while Brooke Hoffman added 12 points. Cassy Hampson, Lauren Flaharty and Alex Olesen all scored four points each and Katie Olesen, Morgan McGrauth and Emily Moran each added a bucket to the final tally.
In the boys contest, GT/RA jumped out a quick 20-4 lead at the end of the first quarter and never had to look back. The Titans stretched their lead to 41-13 at the intermission. In the third quarter, the Titans would send the game into the continuous clock format with 4:37 to go in the third frame by virtue of the 35-point margin, and went on to lead 50-19 at the end of the third quarter.
In the final quarter, the Titans were able to clear the bench and try several different personnel combinations to gain some valuable game experience in taking the 62-23 victory.
Connor Sturgill led the effort with 22 points, while Austin Dyer added 19 points. Marcus Girres scored eight points, with Mason McGrauth adding six points. Lane Reiman and Noah Stukey both scored three points and Trevor Hagedorn added a free throw for one point.
"This was a game that we played a bunch of different combinations on the floor," noted GT/RA?Head Coach Randy Hough. "I thought all of the boys did a great job. We are playing a lot faster pace wit much more intensity and enthusiasm than we had before Christmas."