Wolverines, Raiders Earn Split
WEST BEND – Whenever in-county schools meet up, its guaranteed to be a game filled with lots of action. Monday night was one of those nights as the Raiders of Ruthven-Ayrshire and the Wolverines of West Bend-Mallard hit the court for basketball action.
In the girls matchup, the Lady Wolverines of West Bend-Mallard would utilize good shooting and a tough defense to record a 75-23 win over the Raiders of Ruthven-Ayrshire.
It was the other way around in the boys contest, however, as the Raiders would outgun the Wolverines and claim an 81-28 victory.
Ruthven-Ayrshire’s girls were a little short-handed on Monday, with leaders Lynn Geelan and Chelsey Reed missing from the lineup due to a music conflict, which meant the Raiders had some re-vamping to do to their lineup.
“We have been struggling with low shooting percentages and we were also concerned about getting points on the board,” admitted RA Head Coach Jon Josephson. “But, overall, the girls played very well. We handled the ball well, moved the ball well, found the shots we wanted and played pretty solid defense. But, we did not succeed in putting the ball in the hoop.”
The Lady Wolverines had to adapt their game plan to more of an outside game due to Ruthven-Ayrshire’s inside defense, but the Wolverines posted a 15-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and expanded their lead to a 31-9 tally at halftime.
“I have to give West Bend-Mallard a lot of credit,” Josephson said. “We forced them to settle for the outside shots for the majority of the first half and they connected on a high percentage of them.”
The Lady wolverines were able to get the ball inside more in the second half, and outscored Ruthven-Ayrshire 22-9 in the third quarter for a 53-18 score. Both teams went to the bench in the final quarter, allowing the reserves to gain some playing time as the Lady Wolverines went on to claim the 75-23 win.
West Bend Mallard was led by the 16 point effort of Kayla Hartman, while Courtney Laubenthal added 14 points. Kari Zinnel came up with 11 points, while Marisa Thilges scored nine points. Courtney Streit added seven points, while Melissa Abrahamson tallied five points. Eric Fehr scored four points, with Carrie Hefty, Jennica Ruppert and Amanda Frieden all scoring three points.
For Ruthven-Ayrshire, Cassidy Smith led the offense with eight points, while Sadie Forey added six points. Ashley Forey chipped in four points, with Rachel Moran and Megan Alexander both coming away with two points and Ale Blackburn chipping in a free throw for one point.
For the boys game, Ruthven-Ayrshire put on a clinic in the first quarter, holding West Bend-Mallard scoreless for a 20-0 advantage after the opening quarter. West Bend-Mallard would break their goose-egg in the second quarter, but Ruthven-Ayrshire continued to hit their shots and put up a solid defensive effort to take a 43-5 lead at the intermission.
The Wolverines would score 11 points in the third quarter as Ruthven-Ayrshire tried some different personnel combinations, but held on to a 60-16 lead at the end of the quarter. In the final frame, the reserves came in to finish out the contest with the 81-28 final score.
Ruthven-Ayrshire was led by the 18 points of Andy Rowlands and the 18 points of Ryan Sikora. The Raiders also got 11 points from Carl Jensen along with nine points from Brad Geelan and eight points from Ryan Hoffman. Tyler Enderson scored six points, while Mark Langner chipped in four points. Cody Zielstra, Mark Geelan and Kyle Simington rounded out the scoring with two points each.
For West Bend-Mallard, Jake Goodchild and Wyatt Wirtz led the offense with seven points each, while Matt Ruppert came away with five points. Jon Runchey scored three points, while Tyson Wirtz, Ross Bruns and Andrew Bruelleman all scored two points.
“We got off to a good start, which really helped us to play many different players and many different combinations,” noted RA Head Coach Randy Hough. “We also had balanced scoring and played some excellent defense.”
Ruthven-Ayrshire will travel to Ventura to meet the Vikings on Friday night while the Wolverines will host Graettinger/Terril on Friday night at West Bend.