Knight Girls Slip Past Raiders
GRAETTINGER – In a make-up game from earlier in the week, the Knights of Graettinger/Terril came up with a 34-22 win over Ruthven-Ayrshire last Thursday evening. The win improves Graettinger/Terril to 5-11 overall on the season and avenged an earlier season loss to the Raiders back in December.
“The young ladies gave a good defensive effort through the entire game,” noted Graettinger/Terril co-Coach Roger Conway. “Offensively, we did a nice job for three quarters.”
“This was a aparticularly heartbreaking loss as we had hoped to make it 2-0 against GT this season, after our 39-32 victory in December,” noted RA Head Coach Jon Josephson. “Unfortunately, the ball would simply not go through the hoop for the Raiders.”
The two teams started out at a slower pace, with Graettinger/Terril taking an 11-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Knights would come up with a 14 point effort in the second frame, while limiting Ruthven-Ayrshire to a half-dozen points for a 25-13 lead at the intermission.
The third quarter would see a little less scoring by both clubs, with the Knights coming up with just seven points, while Ruthven-Ayrshire was only able to tack five points on their total to trail 34-18 to start the final frame. However, neither squad could find the bucket, so to speak, in the final quarter, as Ruthven-Ayrshire scored four points while Graettinger/Terril made just one bucket, but the advantage was enough to record the 34-22 win over the Raiders.
For Graettinger/Terril, Theresa Peterson and Malorie Girres both scored 13 points on the night, while Dakota Hovinga added seven points and Liz Sparks came up with a free throw for one point.
Ruthven-Ayrshire was led by the Chelsey Reed, who tallied nine points, while Lynn Geelan added eight points to the coffers. Sadie Forey and Cassidy Smith rounded out the scoring with two points each for the Raiders.
“I felt we executed every other aspect of our game as well as we possibly could have,” Coach Josephson said, “but when you shoot just 19.5 percent from the field, victory becomes impossible.”