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Raider Girls Play With Determination

By Staff | Feb 5, 2009

RUTHVEN – Ruthven-Ayrshire’s girls basketball team continues to play with great spirit and determination in the Cornbelt Conference season.

In a contest on Saturday, Jan. 24, the Raiders traveled to Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn to take on the Eagles and came up short in a 60-27 decision.

For the Raiders, Sadie Forey would lead the way with nine points, while Cassidy Smith added seven points. Shyanne Zaragoza came away with six points, while while Alesha Sikora added three points and Caitlyn Reed chipped in two points.

Defensively, Sadie Forey would pull down eight rebounds, while Cassidy Smith added three boards.

On January 27, the Raiders traveled to Clay Central-Everly for a meeting with the Mavericks. Clay Central-Everly would claim a 61-22 win in the contest.

Cassidy Smith would lead Ruthven-Ayrshire on the night with eight points, while Sadie Forey followed up with six points. Keely Williamson, Alesha Sikora and Caitlyn Reed would all add two points to the final tally.

Sadie Forey would come away with five rebounds in the loss, while Cassidy Smith blocked four shots for the Raiders.

On Friday, Jan. 30, the Raiders girls traveled to West Bend-Mallard to take on the Lady Wolverines West Bend-Mallard would come away with a 60-27 win over the Raiders in that contest.

Once again, Sadie Forey held the hot hand on the offense for Ruthven-Ayrshire, as she scored 15 points in the effort. Cassidy Smith added seven points, while Alesha Sikora had two points. Alyssa Groshens, Caitlyn Reed and Ale Blackburn each added a free throw to the final tally.

Sadie Forey and Shyanne Zaragoza would both collect four rebounds in the contest.

After a tough loss to Graettinger/Terril on Tuesday, Feb. 3, the Raiders are preparing for contests with Ventura on Thursday night and North Sentral Kossuth on Friday night.

“The girls played an excellent first half Tuesday night,”?commented RA Co-Coach Kelli Keefer. ” They played great defense, rebounded well, and were aggressive on the offensive end. Cassidy Smith really stepped it up for Parents Night by knocking down some key shots and taking over the point guard role.”

Keefer continued, “After half-time the girls let the G-T pressure fluster them and got in a small slump on the offensive end of the floor. The girls continued to fight back, but could not make up the difference. The girls played some of the best defense they have all year and really made the G-T girls earn every point they got. We were very impressed with their intensity and effort and hope it continues into our tournament game next week.”