ECK HITS FOR 14 FOR JUNIOR LADY REDSKINS!
By William for www.mcpherson-county-ks.com
WAKEFIELD – It was good trip on Thursday for the Little River Junior High basketball teams as both the Junior Redskin boys and the Junior Lady Redskins all won their games on the road at Wakefield.
The Junior Redskin boys scored two very close victories as the ‘A’ team won 17-14 and the ‘B’ team came out a two-point, 20-18 victor.
For the Junior Lady Redskins, they pulled away for a 15-point, 25-10 victory.
Summary for both the Junior Redskin boys and the Junior Lady Redskins:
JUNIOR LADY REDSKINS WIN 25-10
While the Junior Lady Redskins struggled to get the offense rolling in the first half, it was solid on the defensive end as they held Wakefield scoreless in the second quarter on their way to the 15-point, 25-10 victory.
Alaina Eck had a huge game as she provided more than half the offensive firepower by putting 14 points in the scorebook.
Junior Lady Redskin Head Coach Betsy Lafferty had a few reflections after the game, saying, “Our strong defense carried us in the first half, holding Wakefield scoreless in the second quarter. After a few adjustments at halftime, the girls came out ready to play and the lid finally came off the basket. Wakefield is an aggressive team and they deserve the credit for our struggles to score. Our pressure defense started to wear on them in the third and fourth quarter and allowed us to get some layups to get in an offensive groove. Overall, I was very happy with our effort and I know our girls will continue to get better with every game.”
JUNIOR REDSKIN BOYS WIN TWO CLOSE CONTESTS
It was not a day for the faint of heart watching the Little River Junior Redskin boys tangle with Wakefield on the road as the ‘A’ team held on for a 17-14 victory while the ‘B’ team scored an even closer win at 20-18.
In the ‘A’ game, the Junior Redskins built a 10-0 lead before host Wakefield managed to close the gap to within three points, while hanging on for the three-point victory. The ‘A’ team is now 2-3 for the season.
“The boys were frustrated with Wakefield’s zone defense,” noted Junior Redskin Head Coach Tanner Hodgson. “A combination of better passing and more aggressiveness steadily kept us slightly in front. A great defensive stand in the final seconds overcame a costly turnover at the end.”
Leading the offense in the ‘A’ game was Carter Stansbury and Logan Renken who each hit for six points.
After the Junior Redskin ‘B’ team had a 10-point lead, Wakefield stormed back and got a couple of quick baskets to tie the game at 18 with around 2:00 left to go in the game. With a play drawn up by assistant coach Tyson Konen, Zaden Farmer hit a clutch jumper on a pass from CJ Herzong to get the ‘B’ team their first victory of the season.
Leading the scoring for the Junior Redskin ‘B’ team were Brady Obley and Jaxson Konen with six points each.
UP NEXT for the Little River Junior Redskin boys and girls will be to close out their 2019 part of the schedule before the Christmas break with a home meeting against Solomon on Thursday, December 19.
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