Ruthven-Ayrshire Edges Knights
RUTHVEN – In a back and forth contest that wasn’t decided until the final minutes, Ruthven-Ayrshire’s Raiders defeated their counterparts from Graettinger/Terril Tuesday night by a 39-32 tally.
“Rivalries don’t come any bigger than the one between G/T and us,” admitted RA Head Coach Jon Josephson. “That made this game a very emotional one for us and to come out of it at the end with a hard-fought victory was exceptionally rewarding for the girls, coaches and our fans.”
Graettinger/Terril came out in an aggressive man-to-man defense that would bother the Raiders all through the night. Despite the tough defense, the Knights struggled with their shooting, as Ruthven-Ayrshire was able to post a 9-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.
It would be Ruthven-Ayrshire’s turn to struggle with shots in the second quarter, however, as the Knights’ defense made a couple of key stops that allowed G/T to take a one-point, 14-13 lead at the half.
The battle would continue in the third quarter, with the two squads exchanging buckets as the Knights held a 24-22 lead to close out the third frame.
However, the Raiders would find some magic in the final quarter. Ruthven-Ayrshire would go to the free throw line 12 times in the final quarter, and sank 11 of the 12 attempts to slip past the Knights and take the 39-32 victory.
For Ruthven-Ayrshire, Lynn Geelan would lead the attack with 17 points. Chelsey Reed added seven points, while Sadie Forey and Cassidy Smith both added six points to the tally and Ashley Forey rounded out the effort with three points.
Graettinger/Terril was led by Theresa Peterson’s 14 points. Malorie Girres added eight points and Liz Sparks had six points, while Tasha Neilson and Leah Flaharty both scored two points to close out the offensive effort.
Chelsey Reed pulled down nine rebounds and Lynn Geelan grabbed eight boards for the Raiders, while Theresa Peterson had 11 carroms for the Knights.
“Our defense played hard, but our offensive shooting percentage was low,” admitted G/T Co-Coach Roger Conway. “We had a five point lead in the fourth quarter but RA made 11 of 12 free throws to beat us.”
“Their aggressive man-to-man defense really gave us trouble,” Josephson admitted, but we were able to step it up, especially at the free throw line to get the win.”
Ruthven-Ayrshire will make a road trip to Everly on Friday night to tackle the Mavericks of Clay Central-Everly.
Graettinger/Terril returns to action tonight (Thursday) as they host Laurens-Marathon and then journey to Amstrong on Friday to play the Mustangs of Armstrong-Ringsted.