By William

GOESSEL – The Little River girls basketball team held off a feisty Centre team in the second half of their Class 1A regional semi-final on Friday and scored a 52-38 victory and a spot in the regional finals against unbeaten Rural Vista. Rural Vista defeated Elyria Christian 46-25.

The Lady Redskins worked hard to earn a seven-point, 13-6 lead by the end of the first quarter and held that same advantage at 20-13 heading into the halftime break.

Coming out of the break, both teams got their offenses rolling as Little River put 22 points in the scorebook and Centre added 16 to their spot on the scoreboard. Despite the heavy offense by Centre, the Lady Redskins had pushed their lead out to 13 points heading into the final eight minutes of action at 42-29. The Lady Redskins then held off another attempt at a comeback by Centre in the fourth quarter to gain the final 14-point win.

“Very proud of the girls tonight,” explained Little River Head Coach Trey Look while reflecting on the game. “They came out focused and ready to play. We talked about taking it second by second and that is what we did. Our defense and rebounding were great throughout the game. And while Hett made some difficult shots had a great game for Centre tonight, we held the other Centre girls into taking tough shots.”

As a team, the Lady Redskins dominated the boards, outrebounding Centre 46-22 as their defense held Centre to just 16% shooting from the field for the evening. Playing a team game was evident as Little River recorded 15 assists on 17 made shots from the field.

Emma McBride and Lily Boughfman led the Lady Redskins on offense with 13 and 11 points respectively while Mackinze Barta chipped in with eight. Boughfman recorded a double-double as she also grabbed 12 rebounds. Helping her on the glass were Emma McBride who grabbed nine rebounds while both Mackinze Barta and Mekenzie Renken each pulled down eight. Renken also led the offense with five assists.

Coach Look concluded his game reflections by saying, “We had some struggles on offense at times, but the girls stayed really focused and made plays and shots when we needed them. We did get into foul trouble in the first half and early in the third quarter, but proud of the girls that stepped up and played awesome at both ends of the court. Great game and proud of the girls. Now we prep for undefeated Rural Vista tomorrow.”

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE LITTLE RIVER LADY REDSKINS? The Lady Redskins are now 14-8 for the season and will play for the regional championship on Saturday when they tangle with unbeaten Rural Vista. Little River lost to Rural Vista in December, 52-28.


SCORING:                    1          2          3          4          FINAL

Centre                         6          7          16        9          = 38

LADY REDSKINS           13        7          22        10        = 52

TEAM STATS:              Centre             LADY REDSKINS

Shooting                      9-58 (16%)       17-48 (35%)

3-Pointers                    7-26 (27%)       2-5 (40%)

Free Throws                13-23 (57%)     16-28 (57%)

Rebounds (Off/Def)    22 (9/13)         46 (14/32)

Assists                          2                      15

Turnovers                    9                      17

Steals                           5                      3

Blocked Shots              0                      5

Personal Fouls             21                    22

LITTLE RIVER LADY REDSKINS INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (52 total points): Emma McBride – 13; Lily Boughfman – 11; Mackinze Barta – 8; Morgan Konen – 6; Jaylie Bergkamp – 5; Danielle Gadberry – 3; Riley Bruce – 2; Mekenzie Renken – 2; Leah Ayers – 2.

Three-Pointers Made (2): Jaylie Bergkamp, Emma McBride – 1.

Rebound Leaders (Off/Def): Lily Boughfman – 12 (4/8); Emma McBride – 9 (3/6); Mekenzie Renken – 8 (0/8); Mackinze Barta – 8 (4/4).

Assists Leader: Mekenzie Renken – 5; Danielle Gadberry – 3.

Leader in Steals: Danielle Gadberry, Emma McBride, Lily Boughfman – 1.

Leader in Blocked Shots: Lily Boughfman – 3; Leah Ayers – 2.

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