South Ripley Raiders Winter Sports senior athletes pictured from left include Bailee Howard, Andrea Grossman, Allie Sexton, Hayley Schwarte, Chase Samples, Erin Gloyd, Haley Schmaltz and Courtney McGuire.
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|Pictured from left, JCD Eagle junior Tyler Huff (12) puts defensive pressure on SR Raider sophomore Cory Walker (5) as he dribbles near center court line. GARY FRANKLIN PHOTO|
A Raider controlled center court tip led to a junior Ty Tucker opening FG score, Raider sophomore teammate Cory Walker added a 3 pointer, a foul on Eagle Kaiser and a Raider senior Chase Samples FG connection put SR up on an early 7-0 run. Eagle senior Alex Pilz found an answer, scoring three consecutive FGs, (during which time senior teammate Cameron Horan was whistled for a foul) to a 6-7 score at the 4:24 mark. Raider Walker and Eagle Pilz traded FG scores, leading to a foul called on Eagle Evan Borgman that sent Raider junior Brady Meyer to the charity stripe where he added one of two shots awarded. In the closing seconds, Eagle junior Evan Borgman added a long range 3 pointer to give JCD their first feel at being in the lead at 11.10.
Second period opening action found the FG connection by Eagle Borgman, countered by a Raider Samples FG delivery. Raider Meyer scored a FG and drew the foul call on Eagle Reuben Benham, but missed the FT taken. With SR up 14-13, Raider Walker and Eagle Borgman traded FG basket connections. A Raider Meyer called foul sent Eagle Pilz to the charity stripe for the plus one with a FG score only to find it missing. Raider Derek Turner scored his first FG of the evening, but fouled Eagle Borgman, who then connected on the pair awarded. Eagle Pilz’ foul led to Raider Walkers nailing a pair of FTs. Raider Elijah Roepke drew his first assessed foul. Eagle junior Tyler Huff’s first FG score put JCD in the lead momentarily at 21-20. Raider Meyer answered to regain the lead for SR, leading to a JCD called time-out at 1:24. Returning to action, Raider Meyer was called for a charge. Eagle Pilz FG score was negated by a Roepke FG score, leading to a foul assessed Eagle senior Riley Thomas; however, no further scoring found SR narrowly hanging on to a one point, 24-23 edge, heading to the dressing room for the halftime break.
Eagle Borgman opened scoring in the second half with a FG, quickly countered by Raider Walker’s FG delivery. Eagle senior Allen Hooton delivered a 3 pointer to give JCD a two point advantage, only to have Raider Walker counter with his 3 pointer to regain the SR advantage. The flurry of threes followed with Raider Roepke adding another, countered by an Eagle Hooton 3 point delivery answered again by yet another Raider Roepke 3 point delivery. A foul assessed Eagle Hooton sent Raider Walker to the charity stripe where he nailed the pair awarded, putting SR up by six at 37-31. A Raider Turner foul sent Eagle Hooton to the line where he cashed in with a pair of connections. Raider Roepke adds another 3 pointer. With approximately two minutes remaining, a Raider Turner foul sent Eagle Hooton to the free-throw line where he made one of the two awarded. An exchange of FG scores followed included a Raider Meyer connection, an Eagle Huff connection and another FG score by Raider Meyer. In closing out the third period action, a foul assessed Eagle Pilz, followed by a foul assessed Eagle Benham sent Raider Meyer to the charity stripe where Eagle Borgman ended scoring with a downtown 3 point delivery for a 39-45, six point deficit, heading to the final period.
Eagle senior Bo Kaiser’s 3 point delivery initiated final period scoring, and more importantly cut the Eagles deficit in half to trail 42-45. Raiders Roepke and Walker added FG scores a foul called on Eagle Hooton sent Raider Meyer to the line where he made the pair. Hooton and Raider Roepke exchanged FG scoring, but an Eagles’ assessed foul on Pilz led to a JCD time out. Resuming play, fouls were called on Eagle Huff, Raider Walker and Eagle Huff, sending Raider Roepke to the FT line where he made one of two, leading to another Eagles time-out. Eagle Borgman scored a FG and JCD called another time-out, down eight, 46-54, and just 56.9 seconds remaining on the scoreboard clock. A foul called on Eagle Hooton in desperation sent Raider Samples to the charity stripe, where he made one of two. After a foul on Eagle Borgman, Raider Walker connected for one of two FT deliveries. Another foul on Eagle Borgman, and again Raider Samples connected on one of two shots, but this time SR called a time out, leading 57-46. A foul at 28.9 assessed Raider Meyer sent Eagle Borgman to the charity stripe where he made the pair offered. A foul by Eagle Kaiser led to a pair of FT connections by Raider Meyer and in finality to scoring for the game, an Eagle foul on Devin Wilson led to Raider Walker’s connection on a pair of FT's offered and a final varsity game score of South Ripley 61-48 Jac-Cen-Del Eagles. The JV action was a hot ticket on the evening, as well with SR hanging on to win by three, 54-51.
A Raiders controlled center court tip led to a freshman Luke Welch opening 3 pointer score. The Eagles’ answer came from junior Maverick Dwenger with a FG. Raider sophomore Charlie Turner added a FG, but Eagle Dwenger countered with his first FG of the evening. Eagle Matt Drockelman put JCD in the lead with his 3 pointer score at 7-5. Remaining first period scoring included Eagle Dylan Parcell a FG, Raider Carson Powers a pair of FTs, Raider Turner a pair of FTs, Eagle Jared Cline a FG and Raider Tyler Cole FG/FT combo to give SR the 11-9 lead going to period two.
Raider Welch scored a FG, followed by Eagle junior Derek Ritchie back-to-back 3 pointers for a JCD 17-14 lead. Raider Turner scored 3 pointer for the tie. Raider Cole and freshman teammate Avery Halcomb both scored FGs. Eagle Dwenger scored a FG countered by a Raider Turner FG. Eagle Drockelman made a pair of FT connections followed by a Raider Turner FG. Raider Welch made one for two at the charity stripe with a buzzer beater FG by Eagle Parcell for a 26-23 SR lead for the halftime score.
Eagle Drockelman and Raider Cole exchanged FG scores. An Eagle Cline 3 knotted the game at 28 and teammate Dwenger’s FG put them on top. Back and forth they battled with JCD leading at the end of three off a FG by Parcell 36-33.
JCD couldn’t contain the Raiders, falling 51-54 at the final horn.
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