TERRIL - The third meeting of the Ruthven-Ayrshire/Graettinger-Terril Raiders and Clay Central-Everly started slowly but turned into a rout Monday night. The Raiders would trail after the first quarter, but would rally to earn a 20-point, 57-37 win to advance in Class 1A District Tournament action.
Next foe for the Raiders will be Harris-Lake Park in the District quarterfinal tonight (Thursday) at Lake Park. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.
The snowy conditions outside seemed to cool the Raiders in the first quarter, as they would trail Clay Central-Everly 12-9 at the end of the first eight minutes of play. But from that point on, the Raiders sorted things out in their favor.
RA/GT’s Carter Williamson makes himself a big obstacle for CC-E’s Tyler Shuck to shoot over in Monday’s Class 1A District tournament matchup at Terril. --Dan Voigt photo
Ruthven-Ayrshire/Graettinger-Terril would put up some very tenacious defense and fought back into the game, before suddenly pulling out to an eight-point, 26-18 lead at the half-time break.
The second half would belong to RA/GT, as the fast break and the defense were operating like a well-oiled machine. The Raiders would outscore CC-E 15-8 in the third quarter to take a 41-26 lead and in the final quarter.
The Raiders' reserves would come in to close out the contest with the 20-point, 57-37 victory for RA/GT.
Austin Dyer led the attack for RA/GT with 17 points, while Dylan Fischer added 11 points to the coffers. Mitch Girres scored seven points, while Colin Leiting added six tallies.
Damon Morris, Carter Williamson and Dylan Smith each scored four points on the night, while Garrett Parker and Trevor Hagedorn each added two points.
Defensively, Dylan Smith grabbed 13 rebounds, while Dylan Fischer collected eight boards and Austin Dyer grabbed seven. Austin Dyer dished out six assist to his teammates and Mitch Girres handed out four helpers.
"It was good to see the boys have a good night at the free throw line," noted Head Coach Randy Hough. "We had some good play from people coming off the bench as well."