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RA Teams Fall On Hard Times Friday

By Staff | Dec 18, 2007

EVERLY – The Ruthven-Ayrshire basketball teams traveled to Clay Central-Everly Friday night and came home with a pair of tough losses in Cornbelt Conference action.

In the girls’ game, CC-E doubled up the Raiders by a 64-32 margin. Coach Jon Josephson’s Raiders started the game out strongly, but CC-E used their quickness and stingy defense to capitalize on errors. The Mavericks played pressure defense all night long to eventually take command of the game and tally the victory.

Ruthven-Ayrshire’s offensive effort was led by Chelsey Reed’s 14 points. Cassidy Smith and Sadie Forey both scored six points on the night, while Caitlyn Reed added four points and Ashley Forey chipped in two points.

“Chelsey Reed had a very good night for us, scoring 14 points along with five rebounds,” noted Coach Josephson. “Cassidy Smith and Sadie Forey both scored six points as well.”

In the boys contest, Ruthven-Ayrshire would suffer a similar fate as their counterparts, falling to Clay Central-Everly by a 70-52 margin.

The Mavericks were able to take Coach Randy Hough’s team out of its normal game plan, and then used their speed and quickness to take command of the contest.

Ruthven-Ayrshire was paced by Andy Rowlands’ 14 point effort and the 13 points of Tyler Enderson. Ryan Hoffman added 10 points to the coffers, while Brad Geelan scored five points. Carl Jensen and Al Japenga both scored four points and Ryan Sikora rounded out the offensive efforts with two points.

“We faced a very good Clay Central-Everly team,” noted Coach Hough. “At times, we did things well, but not over the long course of the game. We didn’t seem to play with much enthusiasm and we just couldn’t get into the flow on offense or defense. We need to put this game behind us and concentrate on moving forward from here on out.”

The Raiders will have an opportunity to do that as they travel to Armstrong-Ringsted tonight (Tuesday) and then close out this portion of the season on Friday when they will host Woden Crystal Lake/Titonka at Ruthven.