Ridge View is the new name of the Galva-Holstein/Schaller-Crestland teams now sharing athletics as part of a whole-grade sharing move now under way.
In the curtain-raiser, the talented Ridge View squad posted a dominating and convincing victory, leading 18-5 at the first quarter and holding a 40-8 lead at halftime. The Raptors increased their lead to a 50-point margin, 62-12, after three quarters, before posting the victory by an 88-23 score.
The Raptors had five players score in double figures, led by senior Chelsea Clayton's 20 points. Chelsea's sister Egypt, a junior, added 16 points, Victoria Andresen had 14, and Sydney Shell and Brea Slaybaugh 11 points apiece. Emily Schienback just missed double figures with her nine points.
Junior Meghan Glawe continued to shine for the Bulldogs as she scored 18 of her team's 23 points. Bulldog coach Aaron Ware said it was a "rough game," and noted that "we just have to get back to working on the fundamentals - execution on offense, and come ready to play at our next game," which is Friday against Sioux Central at Aurelia.
Aurelia boys' coach Grant Peckenschneider said he felt his team was still in the game when they trailed at the half, 30-18, because he felt his young team played pretty good defense in that opening half. In the second half, though, Peckenschneider felt the Raptors' shooting hurt the Bulldogs, and Ridge View pulled away to a 63-40 non-conference win.
Peckenschneider felt that senior Nick Hirschman played "real well," scoring 14 points and snaring 12 rebounds, and freshman Austin Glawe also had a double-double, leading the team with 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. No statistics were available for Ridge View.
The Bulldogs are very young and inexperienced, with two freshmen and one sophomore in their starting lineup, and Peckenschneider said, "We did some real good things and some real poor things as well. I know the guys will only work hard and continue to improve."
The game was the season opener for both clubs.
The Aurelia teams host Sioux Central in a twin bill Friday night.