RA Girls Earn Split In Games
RUTHVEN – The Lady Raiders competed very hard in a 39–60 loss to Clay Central-Everly on Friday, but won on on Saturday night in a 41-37 contest against Aurelia.
Against Clay Central-Everly, the Raiders pressured the ball very well and led led 13-10 at the end of the first quarter. Ruthven-Ayrshire held the lead until late in the half, when CCE went on a run to take a 26-21 lead at the break.
The Raiders hit a dry spell in the third quarter and fell behind by a 42-24 margin before the Lady Mavericks went on to post the 60-39 margin of victory.
“We are extremely proud of our girls for the way we competed and battled in this game,” noted RA Head Coach Kelli Keefer. “CC-E is one of the top teams in our conference, but we came out and played right with them. “
Offensively, Sadie Forey led the way with 17 points and dished out four assists. Cassidy Smith had 10 points and made five assists and Shyanne Zaragoza added nine points.
On Saturday, the Raiders stepped out of the conference to take on Aurelia. The Raiders would collect a much-appreciated win by taking a 41-37 victory.
The Raider girls used a strong second half to pull out their first victory of the season. After a lackluster start, the Raiders trailed 13-2 at the end of the first quarter. Ruthven-Ayrshire’s offense came alive in the second quarter, sparked by Sadie Forey, who nailed 11 points, the entire point production for the Raiders, in the quarter to cut the deficit to 30-13 at the intermission.
Some tough defense and at trio of three pointers, including two from Caitlyn Reed and the other from Cassidy Smith helped bring the Raiders back to just three points at the end of the third frame. The momentum provided by the big buckets would carry through the final eight minutes as the Raiders took the magical first win of the season.
Offensively, Cassidy Smith led the way with 17 points. Sadie Forey added 12 points. Caitlyn Reed chipped in six points, while Shyanne Zaragoza, Ale Blackburn, and Alesha Sikora each scored two points.
Caitlyn Reed led Ruthven-Ayrshire in rebounding with eight boards on the night.
“Overall, we played an excellent gam. Our girls dug a hole early, but we never slowed down or hung our heads. We picked up the intensity and played solid man-to-man defense and really slowed them down.,” Kelli Keefer said. “Our tough defense really propelled us to the win over Aurelia.”