By William

RILEY – It wasn’t the prettiest win of the season, but it was a hard fought battle well into the final quarter for the Little River boys basketball team before they were able to pull away enough from Centralia on Saturday evening to score a final nine-point, 60-51 victory in their sub-state championship game and earn a trip to the Class 1A state tournament next week in Dodge City.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR THE LITTLE RIVER REDSKINS? The victory means the Redskins will now carry a glistening record of 22-3 into the Class 1A state tournament beginning on Wednesday, March 11 at the United Wireless Arena in Dodge City. Who the Redskins will play is pending as the state tournament brackets have not been made yet, though among the teams that will be in Dodge City will include unbeaten Berean Academy (25-0), Lebo (22-3), St. John/Hudson (22-3), Coldwater/South Central (20-5), Frankfort (20-6), St. Francis (16-7), and Stockton (14-11). The last time the Little River boys won a state tournament was in 1974.

THE GAME – It was a battle from the opening tip as Little River and Centralia closed out the first quarter tied at 15-15. The Redskins were able to get a slim two-point advantage at 27-25 at the end of the second eight minutes of play and as the two teams headed to the halftime break.

The Redskins were only able to add a single point to their lead by the end of the third quarter, 41-38, before they began to finally pull away by a bit to get the final nine-point win and the opportunity to play at state.

THE LITTLE RIVER TEAM – Once again the Redskins were lead by the three headed attack of Jayden Garrison, with the team high of 18 points, Braxton Lafferty who scored 17 and Trey Rolfs with 15. The three also lead the team in the paint with Lafferty grabbing five rebounds while both Garrison and Rolfs hauled in four each.

All one had to do to understand how close the game was, would be looking at the stat sheet as the Redskins connected on 53% of their 34 shots from the field and Centralia hit on 55% of 42 attempts. The Redskins connected on a total of six three-pointers while the Panthers made four. Little River had a total of 18 rebounds and Centralia grabbed 15 while the Panthers committed nine turnovers to just six for the Redskins.

The difference in the game came at the free throw line where the Redskins made 18-of-25 while Centralia only attempted three and made just one. Most of the trips to the free throw line came in the fourth quarter, though overall for the game the Panthers were whistled for infractions 23 times while the Redskins only committed 11 personal fouls.


SCORING:                    1          2          3          4          FINAL

REDSKINS                    15        12        14        19        = 60

Centralia                     15        10        13        13        = 51

TEAM STATS:              REDSKINS        Centralia

Shooting                      18-34 (53%)     23-42 (55%)

3-Pointers                    6-16 (38%)       4-16 (25%)

Free Throws                18-25 (72%)     1-3 (33%)

Rebounds (Off/Def)    18 (3/15)         15 (3/12)

Assists                          6                      0

Turnovers                    6                      9

Steals                           8                      0

Blocked Shots              0                      0

Personal Fouls             11                    23

LITTLE RIVER REDSKINS INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (60 total points): Jayden Garrison – 18; Braxton Lafferty – 17; Trey Rolfs – 15; Keaton Richardson – 7; Rylan Konen – 3.

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

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

Assists Leader: Trey Rolfs, Braxton Lafferty, Jayden Garrison – 2.

Leader in Steals: Trey Rolfs, Braxton Lafferty, Rylan Konen – 2.

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