RA?Girls Split Weekend Games
RUTHVEN – Ruthven-Ayrshire’s Raider girls earned a split in games over the weekend, downing Clay Central-Everly 33-30 on Friday night, but fell to Aurelia by a 44-39 tally on Saturday.
For both games, the Raiders got double-double performances out of Sadie Forey. On Friday, Forey ripped the nets for 23 point s and added 10 boards to the effort, while on Saturday, Forey racked up 19 points and collected 10 boards as she led her teammates in a hard-fought contest.
Friday’s game was a close contest all the way, as the Raiders put forth a highly intense game plan with great fire and passion on the court.
“We had been rather flat our first few games, so the girls were challenged to step up and change that Friday night,” noted RA?Head Coach Trenton Keefer. ” We came out and battled, but struggled to score early- we were down 9 to 4 after the first quarter. The game went back and forth- we were down 26-22 to start the fourth quarter. Our defense, anchored by juniors Caitlyn Reed, Sadie Forey, Shyanne Zaragoza, and Keely Williamson, really buckled down, and we were able to hold them to 4 points in the final quarter. This was by far the best team effort we have had yet- everyone had a role tonight, and each individual fulfilled their role.”
For the Raiders, Forey’s 23 points were the standard. Alesha Sikora added nine points and Shyanne Zaragoza added a free throw to round out the scoring. Caitlyn Reed pulled down seven rebounds and Shyanne Zaragoza had six board, while Alesha Sikora grabbed five caroms.
“It was nice to see the girls battle and come out victorious in a tough conference matchup- we grew a lot Friday as a team- it was a tremendous learning experience for our team,” Keefer said. “Our girls deserve all the credit in the world for sticking together, playing as a team, and contributing and fulfilling their individual roles.”
Saturday night the Raiders traveled to Aurelia and battled tough against the Bulldogs, and despite coming up five points shy in the 44-39 tally, played an exceptional game.
With the score tied at 10-10 after one quarter, Aurelia put on a run and took a 30-18 lead at the intermission. The Raiders girls came back in the second half and cut the gap to a 35-29 margin at the end of the third quarter.
R-A would get within a digit, 37-36, with 2:00 to go in the game, but Aurelia came up with a final push for the win.
“My biggest concern coming into the game was how much we would have left in the tank after Friday,”?Coach Keefer admitted. ” We have a total of seven girls, and we exhausted a lot of energy, intensity, and emotion in a big win at CC-E. However, our girls battled hard and played tough for the entire game- they did not use our limited numbers or fatigue as an excuse- they just continued to press on all game. We showed great poise and passion in the third quarter. It would have been easy to cash it in after halftime when they went on a short run and took a 12 point lead into halftime, but give our girls credit- they buckled down and turned great defense into offense. All 5 girls on the floor contributed on the offensive and defensive ends of the court.”
Sadie Forey would lead all scorers with 19 points and 10 boards, while Keely Williamson had eight points. Alesha Sikora added six points, while Caitlyn Reed came away with five points and Shyanne Zaragoza had one point.
“We are getting better as the season progresses. The girls understand it is a process.” Keefer noted. “They are committed to what we are doing here, and it is showing on the floor. They deserve all the credit in the world for keeping their heads high and playing with great intensity each and every night.”
Ruthven-Ayrshire will host Graettinger/Terril in a classic rivalry game tonight (Tuesday) and then close the first half of the season on Friday when they host Woden-Crystal Lake-Titonka.