LAFFERTY, GARRISON, BOUGHFMAN LEAD REDSKINS!

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LINCOLN – It was a good start for both the Little River boys’ and girls’ basketball programs on Friday as they both opened their 2019-20 seasons with decisive wins on the road at Lincoln.

The very young Redskin boys used a huge third quarter to score a 24-point, 60-36 victory while the Lady Redskins scored a 29-point win over Lincoln, 52-23, thanks to a dominating first half.

Here we have some quick reads on the Redskin boys and the Lady Redskin victories:

FRESHMAN LAFFERTY LEADS REDSKINS TO WIN:

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When Wayne Morrow returned to the bench, after an 11 year layoff, as Head Coach of the Little River boys team, he knew his team would be young and would need some of the youngsters to step up and provide some playing skills to go along with returning all-state guard Jayden Garrison.

What Coach Morrow may not have expected was to have one of the youngsters take over in the first game of the season as freshman Braxton Lafferty did on Friday when he made his Redskin debut by simply putting 24 points by his name in the scorebook and then just missing a double-double by pulling down nine rebounds.

Lincoln kept the game close in the first couple of quarters, allowing the Redskins just a one-point, 12-11, lead after the first quarter and then hanging tough going into the halftime break when Little River held a slim four-point, 25-21, advantage.

But something was said or decided during the halftime break as the Redskins came out and hung 22 points on the host team while their defense put a lid on the basket and only allowed three, giving Little River a suddenly commanding lead of 47-24 going into the fourth quarter where they held on to the large advantage to get the 60-36 victory.

On top of leading the team in scoring, Lafferty was also the only Redskin to get to the free throw line where completed eight of eleven attempts. Only five Redskins put points in the scorebook as juniors Jayden Garrison and Trey Rolfs also hit for double digits with 16 and 11 points each.

REDSKIN BOYS INDIVIDUAL SCORING (60 total points): Braxton Lafferty – 24; Jayden Garrison – 16; Trey Rolfs – 11; Keaton Richardson – 6; Dalton Mantz – 3. Three-pointers Made: Garrison – 4; Richardson – 2; Rolfs – 1; Mantz – 1.

LADY REDSKINS USE STRONG FIRST HALF TO GAIN VICTORY:

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When you get nine players putting points in the scorebook it says a couple of things, like maybe you are winning by a large margin and the large margin give the coach a reason to let more players get some playing time.

The Little River Lady Redskins accomplished both on Friday as they won by a comfortable margin, 52-23, on the road at Lincoln and they had nine different players put at least a pair of points in the scorebook next to their name.

Back to back 16-point quarters by the Lady Redskins at the beginning of the game helped enable them to take a highly comfortable 32-12 lead into the halftime break. From there they got players some court time and cruised in for the final 52-23 victory in their 2019-20 season opener.

Lily Boughfman was the lone Lady Redskin to get double digits in scoring as she led the team with 13 points. Little River had four girls score six or seven points as well. One stat that emphasized the team play of the night was in assists as the Lady Redskins earned 18 assists on their 52 points scored.

“I though tonight we played pretty well,” noted Lady Redskin Head Coach Trey Look during his post-game reflections. “We came out a little slow offensively to start the game, but once we made that first shot it turned around. We were able to apply pressure early and build a good lead as we had a good all-around game.”

Coach Look concluded his reflections by adding, “I was proud of the way we shared the ball with getting 18 assists. It makes the game so much easier when you can spread the ball around. Lily (Boughfman) led us in scoring with 13, but everybody had a part in this win. Now we focus on next week and look to get better every day.”

LADY REDSKIN INDIVIDUAL SCORING (52 total points): Lily Boughfman – 13; MeKenzie Renken – 7; Emma McBride – 6; Morgan Konen – 6; Riley Bruce – 6; Isabelle Eberle – 4; Mackinze Barta – 4; Leah Ayers – 4; Danielle Gadberry – 2. Three-pointers Made: McBride – 1; Renken – 1.

NEXT UP FOR THE LITTLE RIVER HOOPSTERS:

Next up for the Little River boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will be three games on Monday, Tuesday and Saturday at the Goessel Tournament.

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