By: Kaylyn Lewis/Co-Sports Editor
The start of the new year means the start of the regular season for the girl’s basketball team.
The Lady Raiders kicked off the season with a home game on January 3rd against the Mountain View Lady Eagles. The ladies started off hot with a 14-8 lead in the first quarter over the Eagles. The first half ended intense with a score of 16-17 with the Eagles up by only 1. Keeping up closely, the Raiders came back in the third quarter with a short lead of 26-25. The fourth quarter began very anxiously, going back and forth with the lead. Foul trouble began taking a toll on the Raiders. With fouls in play, it gave Mountain View a chance to take the lead and the Raiders ended up falling short with a final score of 42-36.
Sophomore Kara Wdowiak led the team with 12 points, with senior Ashley Torres contributing 8 points and senior Savannah Glover with 6 points.
The Lady Raiders then went on the road to Forest City to face the Lady Foresters on January 6th. The game started out intense, with the score going back and forth. With a close score, the first quarter ended 10-9 with the Lady Foresters leading. Trying to push harder, the Raiders ended up coming short with a score of 17-15 going into halftime. The second half began getting out of reach for the ladies, 31-21 the Foresters dominating the third quarter. The Raiders coming out hot in the fourth quarter, not letting the Foresters get the win too easy. With a whopping 14 points scored in the final quarter, the ladies still came up short with a final score of 40-35.
Savannah Glover and Ashley Torres both showed their senior leadership with 10 points each, with Wdowiak close behind with 8 points. Wdowiak also had 9 rebonds total, Alexis Parks contributed 5 steals, and S. Glover had 3 assists.
January 9th, the Lady Raiders set out for the Lady Meteors of Montrose at home. The Meteors put up a hard fight from the beginning, and the Raiders struggled to fight back. The first quarter ended 10-2 with the Meteors gaining a lead. The ladies came back in the second quarter scoring 10 points but wasn’t enough to stop Montrose with a score of 23-12. The Meteors came back stronger in the third quarter 36-13. The final score was 52-17, with Montrose overcoming the Lady Raiders. Freshman Lilly Bleck lead the team with 5 points, with S. Glover and Torres both with 3 points.
Recently, the Lady Raiders played the Lady Sabers of Susquehanna on January 13th. The Raiders fought hard but weren’t able to overcome the Sabers with a first-quarter score of 16-2. The second quarter ended with a score of 32-11, the third with 49-11, and the final score of 60-11. Sophomore Madison Gelinger lead the team with 7 points, including two 3-pointers. Sophomore Rayne Glover and freshman Gracey Hinkley both contributed 2 points.
Come out and support your Lady Raiders as they head further into the season!