By William

LITTLE RIVER – A consistent offense and second half defense propelled the Little River boys to a 56-40 win at home over Clifton/Clyde in the Class 1A Division I quarterfinals, putting the Redskins in the state semifinals on Friday in Dodge City.

Now 22-1 for the season and listed as second seed, the Redskins will now tangle with Olpe for an opportunity to play in the state championship game in the 7:00 p.m. game. Olpe made the semifinals by beating Wichita Classical 50-30. In the other semifinal you have top seeded Montezume/South Gray at 23-0 and Ness City at 17-7.

Clifton/Clyde gave Little River all it could handle in the first quarter and only trailed the Redskins 20-17 heading into the second period where the Redskins added a few points to their lead and took a seven-point, 31-24 advantage into the halftime break.

Putting another 12 points on the board in the third and 13 in the final eight minutes of play while holding the visitors to just 16 total points helped push the Redskins to their final 16-point victory.

“It was a great team effort against a very solid and physical team,” noted Redskin Head Coach Wayne Morrow. “We made a few runs and kept them from getting in a rhythm.”

While both teams connected on 18 shots from the field, Clifton/Clyde only made a pair of three pointers while the Redskins connected on nine, lead by four from Trey Rolfs and three by Jayden Garrison. Little River also made 11 free throws to just three for the visitors, while using enough pressure on defense to force Clifton/Clyde into making 21 turnovers.

Garrison led the team in scoring with 25 while Rolfs scored 16 and Braxton Lafferty chipped in with 10. Lafferty had a solid all-around game with eight rebounds, two steals and three blocked shots while Garrison pulled down five rebounds and swiped seven steals.

In talking about his team, Coach Morrow concluded his game reflections by saying, “Trey (Rolfs) stepped up and hit some big shots when they went diamond 1 and box 1 on (Jayden) Garrison. Overall, it was a great team and rebounding effort. Right back where we ended last season, so it will be a great opportunity against some great teams. Garrison hit some tough shots, and the others stepped up, like I said – it was a great team effort.”


SCORING:     Q1      Q2      Q3      Q4      FINAL

CliftonClyde  17       7          11       5          40

REDSKINS      20       11       12       13       56

Clifton/Clyde Team Stats: FG 18-40; 3PT 2-11; FT 2-10; AST 0; RBS 31; TO 21; STL 0; BLK 0; FLS 14.

LITTLE RIVER REDSKINS TEAM STATS: FG 18-45; 3PT 9-21; FT 11-15; AST 11; RBS 23; TO 9; STL 14; BLK 4; FLS 14.


Scoring (50): Jayden Garrison – 25; Trey Rolfs – 16; Braxton Lafferty – 10; Rylan Konen – 3; Graham Stephens – 2.

3-Pointers Made (9): Rolfs – 4; Garrison – 3; Lafferty, Konen – 1.

Assists (11): Garrison, Stephens – 3; Lafferty, Dalton Mantz – 2; Konen – 1.

Rebounds (23): Lafferty – 8; Garrison, Stephens – 5; Rolfs, Konen – 2; Mantz – 1.

Steals (14): Garrison – 7; Rolfs – 3; Lafferty, Konen – 2.

Blocked Shots (4): Lafferty – 3; Konen – 1.

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