By William

RILEY – The Little River girls basketball team saw their 2019-20 season ended abruptly on Friday as they could not handle the Hanover offense in the second half of their Class 1A sub-state game at Riley and ended up losing 61-35.

WHAT THIS MEADS FOR THE LADY REDSKINS? The loss means the 2019-20 season is over for the Little River girls which means they end the season with an overall mark of 14-10. It also brought to an end the Little River careers of seven key players with Danielle Gadberry, Jaylie Bergkamp, Mackinze Barta, Emma McBride, Morgan Konen, Riley Bruce and Leah Ayers all being seniors. The game winner, Hanover, is now 22-1 on the season and will play for a spot in the state tournament on Saturday when they tangle with Clifton/Clyde who beat Burlingame 49-22 on Friday.

THE GAME – Hanover jumped out to six-point, 16-10 lead over the Lady Redskins by the end of the first quarter and then pushed their advantage out to 10 at 24-14 by the time the two teams hit the locker rooms for the halftime break.

It was much the same in the second half as Hanover outscored the Lady Redskins 37-21 to earn the final 26-point victory.

THE LADY REDSKINS – The majority of the Lady Redskin offense went through senior Emma McBride who finished the game with a team high 17 points, much of which came on connecting five times from beyond the three-point line. McBride also dished out a pair of assists and made two steals. Lily Boughfman, just a sophomore, had the top overall game as she scored six points, pulled down a team high eight rebounds, handed out three assists and blocked five Hanover shots.

As a team, one of the biggest differences in the stat sheet came at the free throw line where the Lady Redskins missed their only two attempts while Hanover connected on nine of 14 tries. Another big difference came in turnovers where Little River committed 20 while Hanover only turned it over nine times.

WHAT THE LITTLE RIVER COACH SAYS – “Well out season has come to an end,” noted Lady Redskin Head Coach Trey Look. “I’m very proud of the girls this season. It didn’t end the way we wanted but we gave it everything we had. Credit Hanover as they are a very good team. I thought we played well in the first half, but we had to many turnovers which cost us. The girls continued to fight which I’m proud of and showed what type of players we have.”

Coach Look concluded his reflections on the game by saying, “I’m blessed to be called their coach. It was a roller coaster of a season, but the girls make it easy. We had our highs and lows but continued to stick together and they had a great season.”


SCORING:                    1          2          3          4          FINAL

LADY REDSKINS           10        4          13        8          = 35

Hanover                      16        8          19        18        = 61

TEAM STATS:              LADY REDSKINS           Hanover

Shooting                      15-43 (35%)                 22-51 (43%)

3-Pointers                    5-11 (45%)                   8-12 (67%)

Free Throws                0-2 (0%)                       9-14 (64%)

Rebounds (Off/Def)    28 (13/15)                   15 (6/9)

Assists                          12                                13

Turnovers                    20                                9

Steals                           4                                  11

Blocked Shots              6                                  2

Personal Fouls             13                                9

LITTLE RIVER LADY REDSKINS INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (35 total points): Emma McBride – 17; Morgan Konen – 8; Lily Boughfman – 6; Mackinze Barta – 2; Riley Bruce – 2.

Three-Pointers Made (5): Emma McBride – 5.

Rebound Leaders (Off/Def): Lily Boughfman – 8 (6/2); Mackinze Barta – 5 (1/4); Danielle Gadberry – 4 (3/1); Morgan Konen – 4 (1/3).

Assists Leader: Mekenzie Renken, Lily Boughfman – 3; Emma McBride – 2.

Leader in Steals: Emma McBride – 2; Lily Boughfman, Mekenzie Renken – 1.

Leader in Blocked Shots: Lily Boughfman – 5; Mackinze Barta – 1.

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