RUTHVEN - A meeting with Trinity Christian of Hull didn't turn out favorably for Ruthven-Ayrshire/Graettinger-Terril on Tuesday night. The host Raiders couldn't counter a potent defense in a 37-26 loss to close out the first half of the season before the holiday break.
Coach Corey' Boes Raiders stuck right with a scrappy Trinity Christian squad through the first half, trailing by a bucket through the first quarter to a 9-7 score at the end of the first frame. But in the second quarter, Trinity Christian began to edge away off some aggressive defense that forced several steals. The Raiders would slip into a 17-12 deficit at the intermission as they tried to figure out the Trinity defense.
The battle would continue in the second half of play, as Trinity continued to aggressively pressure the Raiders by forcing turnovers and stepping into passes for steals, outscoring Ruthven-Ayrshire/Graettinger-Terril by a 12-8 margin in the third quarter to take a 29-20 lead.
RA/GT’s Grace Skattebo works her way through the Trinity Christian defense in Tuesday’s 37-26 set back at Ruthven. --Dan Voigt photo
Trailing by nine, the Raiders were still in striking distance with the final quarter ahead of them, but shooting would grow cold down the stretch as the visitors would go on to tally the 37-26 victory over the Raider girls.
Offensively for Ruthven-Ayrshire/Graettinger/Terril, senior Alesha Sikora would lead the effort with 10 points while Brooke Hoffman finished with five markers. Lauren Flaharty added four points, with Emily Moran chipping in three points. Cassy Hampson and Mariah Girres would both add two points to the final tally.
The loss ends the first half of the season for the Raiders with a 3-6 overall record. Ruthven-Ayrshire/Graettinger-Terril will start the second half of the hardwood campaign on Tuesday, Jan. 3 when they travel to Lake Park to meet up with Harris-Lake Park for Cornbelt Conference action.