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Ruthven-Ayrshire Girls Battle Hard In Cornbelt

By Staff | Feb 3, 2009

RAIDER GIRLS?- Ruthven-Ayrshire’s Raiders are battling hard in the ever-competitive Cornbelt Conference girls campaign this season. The Raiders are, in front, from left to right: Ale Blackburn, Alyssa Groshens, Cassidy Smith and Amanda Long. In back, from left to right: Co-Coach Trenton Keefer, Miranda McGrauth, Shyanne Zaragosa, Sadie Forey, Caitlyn Reed, Keely Williamson, Alesha Sikora and Co-Coach Kelli Keefer. -- photo courtesy John Clouse

RUTHVEN – The basketball season has been filled with challenges for the Ruthven-Ayrshire girls this season. The ever-competitive Cornbelt Conference has provided plenty of challenges and tough opposition for Co-Coaches Trenton and Kelli Keefer and the Raiders this season.

Ruthven- Ayrshire holds a 3-12 mark overall on the season and a 1-9 mark in the Cornbelt after last Friday’s 60-27 loss to ?West Bend-Mallard.

In recent action, the Raiders took on Harris-Lake Park on Jan. 13 at Lake Park but came out on the wrong side of a 48-29 tally.

Sadie Forey would lead Ruthven-Ayrshire in the effort with 13 points, while Cassidy Smith added 10 points to the effort. Caitlyn Reed, Shyanne Zaragosa and Ale Blackburn each added two points to the tally. Cassidy Smith would collect six rebounds in the contest, while Caitlyn Reed dished out four assists.

In action on Jan. 16, the Raiders collected a satisfying 51-28 victory over Corwith-Wesley-LuVerne at Corwith.

Cassidy Smith would lead the Raiders scoring attack in the victorious effort with 17 points, while Sadie Forey added 14 points. Alesha Sikora chipped in eight points, while Caitlyn Reed added five points. Shyanne Zaragosa had three points and Miranda McGrauth chipped in a free throw for one points. Sadie Forey and Cassidy Smith both pulled down nine rebounds in the win, while Cassidy Smith handed out four assists.

In a game played Jan. 17, the Raiders fell to Graettinger/Terril by a 51-22 final score. Sadie Forey would lead Ruthven-Ayrshire’s offense with 12 points, while Caitlyn Reed and Cassidy Smith both added four points and Alesha Sikora came up with two points.

Caitlyn Reed grabbed five rebounds in the efforts, while Cassidy Smith and Shyanne Zaragosa both dished out three assists to their teammates.

The action returned home on Jan. 19 with West Bend-Mallard traveling to Ruthven to meet the Raiders. The Lady Wolverines would take a 58-27 win over the Raider girls in another tough matchup.

Cassidy Smith was the leader of the offense in the contest, scoring 14 points for Ruthven-Ayrshire. Shyanne Zaragosa added five points in the effort, while Alesha Sikora came away with four points. Sadie Forey and Caitlyn Reed rounded out the effort with two points each.

Sadie Forey had a good night on the boards, pulling down eight rebounds for the Raiders, while Caitlyn Reed and Cassidy Smith both collected four boards each.

A trip outside the Cornbelt on Jan. 20 saw the Raider girls fall to Schaller-Crestland by a 47-20 final tally.

Sadie Forey would lead Ruthven -Ayrshire with 11 points, while Alesha Sikora chipped in three points. Caitlyn Reed, Cassidy Smith and Keely Williamson all added two points to scoring tally for the Raiders.

Caitlyn Reed would pull down six rebounds, while Sadie Forey and Cassidy Smith both added four boards each and Smith dished out six assists to her teammates.

Ruthven-Ayrshire will host Graettinger/Terril tonight (Tuesday)?and then will host Ventura and North Sentral Kossuth in back-to-back home games on Friday and Saturday night.