Girls Varsity Basketball
Game Summaries & Headlines.
The Portland Red Raiders (7-2) implemented a deadly halfcourt trap in the second quarter to outscore Ovid-Elsie (5-3) 20-2 in the stanza en route a 61-42 win at Ovid-Elsie Monday night. Ovid-Elsie hung around and it was 9-9 near the end of the first quarter before Portland would go on a 24-2 run to make it 33-11 at half.
"They put a trap on us that forced us to panic, pick up our dribble and turn the ball over," noted Head Coach Ryan Cunningham. "It was a great adjustment on their part and it allowed them to start running out on us. We will learn from it and get better - it won't happen again."
The revved up Portland defense caused the Lady Marauders to turn the ball over 18 times by half and ended the game by turning OE over 24 times. But the Lady Marauders continued to battled with the State-ranked Red Raiders and outscored Portland 31-28 in the second half.
"We continued to play with intensity and shots started to fall," added Cunningham. "This is a 'measuring stick' type game for us to see where we are at and how we are going to compete with the upper echelon teams in our area and conference."
Caitlyn Walter had a team high 14 points including 4 triples while Evalyn Cole scored 11 for the Lady Marauders in her first career start. Madison Cunningham added 5 points while Braylon Byrnes added 4, Hailee Campbell 3, Ava Bates and Braeden Tokar each with 2 and Tristin Ziola a free throw to round out the Marauder scoring.
Ovid-Elsie shot 45% from the floor and assisted 6 times on 16 made baskets. Campbell was the top rebounder on the night with 6 caroms while Cunningham led in steals (3) and Tokar in assists (2).
The Lady Marauders will turn around and play another home game on Wednesday night as the Ithaca Yellowjackets come into town. Conference play will resume on Friday as Ovid-Elsie will travel to New Lothrop.