By William Snesrud

RILEY – It took a strong fourth quarter for the Little River boys basketball team on Thursday to pull away enough from Clifton/Clyde and score a four-point, 63-59 victory in their Class 1A sub-state semi-final game hosted by Riley County.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR LITTLE RIVER? The victory gives Little River an overall record of 21-3 and advances them to the finals of their sub-state with an opportunity to gain a trip to the Class 1A state tournament with a win. The Redskins will tangle with Centralia on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. for that opportunity to make the final eight at the state tournament. Centralia is now 15-9 for the season and defeated Washington County, 51-36 on Thursday.

THE GAME – Little River held a slim four-point, 16-12 advantage at the end of the first quarter before both teams combined for a whopping 40 points in the second quarter with Clifton/Clyde pulling even with the Redskins at a 34-34 tie heading into the halftime break.

Both teams cooled off a bit coming out of the break and with each scoring 11 points, the two teams entered the final eight minutes of play still tied at 45-45. The final quarter was much like the second as the two teams combined for another 32 points put on the scoreboard, only this time the Redskins put four more points in their scorebook than Clifton/Clyde to earn the final four-point win.

HOW DID LITTLE RIVER AS A TEAM PERFORM? With both teams connecting on 47% of their shots from the field, and Clifton/Clyde making two more field goals and free throws than Little River, it came down to the three-point shots that made the difference. And that is where the Redskins won the game as they made 12 three-pointers in the game while Clifton/Clyde only connected on two. The Redskins defense forced Clifton/Clyde into 10 turnovers while only making four of their own.

Jayden Garrison once again had a huge game for the Redskins as he made six three-pointers on his way to scoring 28 points. Trey Rolfs joined Garrison in double digits with 12 while Keaton Richardson just missed with nine. Rolfs and Garrison also led the way in the paint for Little River with five and four rebounds respectively while Garrison and Lafferty led the team in assists with three each.


SCORING:                    1          2          3          4          FINAL

REDSKINS                    16        18        11        18        = 63

Clifton/Clyde               12        22        11        14        = 59

TEAM STATS:              REDSKINS        Clifton/Clyde

Shooting                      23-49 (47%)     25-53 (47%)

3-Pointers                    12-27 (44%)     2-9 (22%)

Free Throws                5-11 (45%)       7-14 (50%)

Rebounds (Off/Def)    15 (6/9)           38 (13/25)

Assists                          10                    2

Turnovers                    4                      10

Steals                           6                      0

Blocked Shots              3                      1

Personal Fouls             14                    14

LITTLE RIVER REDSKINS INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (63 total points): Jayden Garrison – 28; Trey Rolfs – 12; Keaton Richardson – 9; Braxton Lafferty – 7; Rylan Konen – 7.

Three-Pointers Made (12): Jayden Garrison – 6; Trey Rolfs – 3; Keaton Richardson – 2; Rylan Konen – 1.

Rebound Leaders (Off/Def): Trey Rolfs – 5 (3/1); Jayden Garrison – 4 (0/4).

Assists Leader: Jayden Garrison, Braxton Lafferty – 3; Keaton Richardson, Trey Rolfs – 2.

Leader in Steals: Trey Rolfs, Jayden Garrison – 2.

Leader in Blocked Shots: Jayden Garrison – 2; Rylan Konen – 1.

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