SUB-STATE UP NEXT!

By William

GOESSEL – Going up against powerhouse and unbeaten Rural Vista was going to be tough enough, but when you struggle on the offensive glass they will wear you down and that is what happened on Saturday to the Little River girls basketball team as they wore down in the final quarter and lost by 15, 39-24, in their Class 1A regional championship matchup on Saturday.

In a low scoring first quarter, the Lady Redskins found themselves only down by two points, 6-4, heading into the second quarter where Rural Vista outscored them 14-9 to end up taking a seven-point, 20-13 advantage into the halftime break.

While Little River continued to hold their own in the third quarter by only being down by eight at the end of the third eight minute round of play, the Lady Redskins ran out of juice in the final quarter as the unbeaten Rural Vista pulled away for their final 15-point victory over the Lady Redskins.

“Proud of the girls tonight against a very good Rural Vista team,” noted Little River Head Coach Trey Look. “We knew it was going to be a tough game and we would have to play well. Turnovers and offensive rebounds were what hurt us tonight. In the first half I thought we played pretty well as our defense was solid, but we just tried to force too much on offense. We continued to fight but just ran out of gas in the fourth quarter.”

Coach was right, while overall Rural Vista only outrebounded Little River by two, 26-24, they pulled down 14 of those 26 while on the offense end leading to many second chance scoring opportunities. Little River also turned the ball over 20 times compared to just 14 for Rural Vista.

While seven Lady Redskins put points in the scorebook, none dominated the offense as Lily Boughfman led the team with seven points while Emma McBride had five.

Boughfman also led Little River in rebounds with seven and blocked shots with three while Mekenzie Renken had the quick hands on defense and recorded eight steals on the night.

Coach Look concluded his reflections on the game by looking ahead to next week, saying, “We set a goal to make Sub-State and the girls accomplished that goal tonight. They get all the credit in what we’ve done so far. Now we can rest, regroup and prepare for next week.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE LITTLE RIVER LADY REDSKINS? With the loss the Lady Redskins are now 13-8 for the season and despite the loss will be moving on to sub-state at either Marysville or Riley County beginning on Friday, March 6.

LITTLE RIVER LADY REDSKINS vs. Rural Vista

SCORING:                    1          2          3          4          FINAL

LADY REDSKINS           4          9          9          2          = 24

Rural Vista                   6          14        10        9          = 39

TEAM STATS:              LADY REDSKINS           Rural Vista

Shooting                      9-30 (30%)                   16-48 (33%)

3-Pointers                    2-4 (50%)                     1-10 (10%)

Free Throws                4-9 (44%)                     6-10 (60%)

Rebounds (Off/Def)    24 (7/17)                     26 (14/12)

Assists                          8                                  4

Turnovers                    20                                14

Steals                           4                                  11

Blocked Shots              5                                  1

Personal Fouls             15                                13

LITTLE RIVER LADY REDSKINS INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (24 total points): Lily Boughfman – 7; Emma McBride – 5; Mackinze Barta – 4; Mekenzie Renken – 3; Leah Ayers – 2; Jaylie Bergkamp – 2; Danielle Gadberry – 1.

Three-Pointers Made (2): Mekenzie Renken, Emma McBride – 1.

Rebound Leaders (Off/Def): Lily Boughfman – 7 (2/5); Jaylie Bergkamp – 3 (0/3); Leah Ayers – 3 (1/2).

Assist Leaders: Danielle Gadberry, Mekenzie Renken, Lily Boughfman – 2.

Leader in Steals: Mekenzie Renken – 8; Lily Boughfman – 2.

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

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