Raiders, Wolverines Split Monday Matchup
WEST BEND – In a battle of county teams on a Monday night, the Ruthven-Ayrshire Raiders upended West Bend-Mallard, while the girls contest saw the Lady Wolverines come away with a win over the Raider girls.
In the girls contest, both teams struggled to get their offensives moving in the first quarter. The shots refused to drop for the Raider girls, who would trail 9-3 at the end of the first quarter.
West Bend-Mallard came out in the second quarter and was able to get a flow to their offense, scoring 11 points in the period, while the Raiders were bothered by the WBM?defense in getting their inside game to work, and would trail 20-9 at the intermission.
The offensive woes continued for Ruthven-Ayrshire in the second half, as the Lady Wolverines’ height advantage created some mis-matches for RA, who would score just three points in the third to trail 36-12 to start the final quarter. West Bend-Mallard would put the game on ice in the final quarter, out-scoring Ruthven-Ayrshire by a 21-15 margin for the 57-27 final score.
West Bend-Mallard was led by Amanda Frieden with 14 points, while Missy Abrahamson added 12 points to the total. Erica Fehr, Jessica Fehr and Kenzie Banwart all scored five points, while Jessica Abrahamson and Carrie Hefty both chipped in four points. Kara Vanderhorst, Heidi Zaugg, Wendy Grimm and Kayla Banwart all had two markers.
For Ruthven-Ayrshire, Sadie Forey would lead the offense with 16 hard-fought points. Alesha Sikora added nine points and Shyanne Zaragosa chipped in two points.
The nightcap feature would belong to Ruthven-Ayrshire, as the Raiders came out firing from the opening tip to earn a 70-33 win over the Wolverines. Ruthven-Ayrshire jumped out to a 22-6 advantage after the first quarter and never looked back, building their cushion to a 42-19 advantage at the halftime break.
In the second half, Ruthven-Ayrshire Head Coach Randy Hough experimented with different combinations on the floor as he used his bench. The switches didn’t derail the Raiders, as they were able to keep West Bend-Mallard frustrated with their defense, that kept the Wolverines out of their offense.
With a 59-23 lead to start the final quarter, the Raiders gave everyone playing time on their way to the 70-33 final score.
Ryan Sikora led all scorers with 22 points for the Raiders, while Mark Geelan tallied the double-double with17 points and 10 rebounds. Colton Bakken scored 10 points, while Mitch Schneider tallied six points. Zach Loring and Logan Fischer both scored four points, while Trevin Enderson had three points. Rounding out Ruthven-Ayrshire’s scoring were Kyle Toillion and Brandon Smith with two points each.
The Raiders got seven assists from Ryan Sikora and seven steals, while Mark Geelan blocked three shots.
For West Bend-Mallard, Jake Goodchild led the scoring with 14 points, while Taylor Foley added 11 points. Jake Umsted chipped in six points, while Mitch Bonnstetter and Clay douglas both added four points and Cole Douglas scored two points. Greg Mader and Kurt Banwart both added a point each.