By William

GREAT BEND – It was not the prettiest game offensively for the Little River girls’ basketball team on Wednesday, but they came away with a 12-point, 32-20 victory over Larned in Great Bend at the Hilltop Classic Basketball Tournament.

Both teams struggled offensively throughout the game with neither team scoring more than nine points in any quarter.

The Lady Redskins opened the game with a five-point, 8-3 lead by the end of the first quarter before extending it to six at 17-11 going into the halftime break. Coming out in the third quarter Little River put seven on the board to just a pair of points for Larned, to take a comfortable 11-point, 24-13 advantage entering the final eight minutes of play where they cruised in for the final 12-point win.

“It was a rough afternoon for us offensively,” noted Little River Head Coach Trey Look. “With an early game and dealing with sickness all week I knew we might start a little slow. I thought we came out sluggish and just went through the motions in the first half. In the second half we were able to get and hold onto a ten-point lead and did just enough to win the game.”

While both teams struggled shooting the ball, Little River connected on just 29% of their shots while Larned made but 22%, the Lady Redskins made the most of their rebounds as 13 of their 28 rebounds came on the offensive end giving the team second chance scoring opportunities.

The Lady Redskin defense took advantage of some Larned ball handling errors and forced 25 turnovers, including 11 steals lead by four from Leah Ayers.

Individually, Lily Boughfman was the lone Lady Redskin to score in double digits as she put 11 points on the scoreboard with Ayers chipping in with eight. Both Boughfman and Morgan Konen pulled down three offensive rebounds.

Coach Look concluded his post-game reflections by saying, “Leah (Ayers) gave us a spark tonight at both ends as she made some big shots early on to get us going and her hustle and defensive play was huge. We limited our turnovers which was good to see but we must be stronger around the basket and finishing our shots. I am proud of the girls for fighting and finishing for the win.”


With the victory, the Lady Redskins are now 6-4 for the season and will play their second game of the tournament on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. against St. John. If Little River wins on Thursday, they will then play for the Classic Championship on Friday against the winner of the Central Plains and Ness City game. If they lose on Thursday, they will play for third place on Friday against the loser of the Central Plains and Ness City game. Central Plains is currently 11-0 for the season and ranked number one in Class 1A while also riding a current winning streak of 122 games.


SCORING                     1          2          3          4          FINAL

LADY REDSKINS           8          9          7          8          = 32

Larned                         3          8          2          7          = 20

TEAM STATS:              LADY REDSKINS           Larned

Shooting                      12-42 (29%)                 8-36 (22%)

3-Pointers                    2-7 (29%)                     2-12 (17%)

Free Throws                6-13 (46%)                   2-6 (33%)

Assists                          10                                5

Rebounds (Off/Def)    28 (13/15)                   36 (14/22)

Turnovers                    13                                25

Steals                           11                                7

Blocked Shots              4                                  0

LITTLE RIVER LADY REDSKINS INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (32 total points): Lily Boughfman – 13; Leah Ayers – 8; Morgan Konen – 4; Mackinze Barta – 4; Emma McBride – 3.

Three-Pointers Made (2): Leah Ayers, Morgan Konen – 1.

Assists Leader: Morgan Konen, Jaylie Bergkamp – 3.

Rebounds Leader (Off/Def): Lily Boughfman – 8 (3/5); Mackinze Barta – 4 (2/2); Morgan Konen – 3 (3/0).

Leader in Steals: Leah Ayers – 4; Jaylie Bergkamp, Mackinze Barta, Lily Boughfman – 2.

Leader in Blocked Shots: Mekenzie Renken, Leah Ayers, Lily Boughfman, Riley Bruce – 1.

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