SCHALLER- The Alta-Aurelia Warriors won two non-conference basketball games here against the Ridge View Raptors on Monday night, with the Warrior girls winning by a 50-47 score and the boys topping the Raptors, 62-50.
In the girls' contest, the Warriors of Coach Jeannie Henningsen led at all the quarter breaks - 15-5, 29-16, and 39-28 - before posting the final 50-47 score.
Meagan Phipps led the A-A scoring effort with 18 points, while Meghan Glawe posted a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Jordan Henningsen added eight points for the Warriors, and the senior also grabbed six boards, had three steals and dished out four assists. Courtney VanHaaften scored six points and had six rebounds for A-A, and Haley Payne had four rebounds, three steals and two assists.
"It was a nice win on the road early in the season," said Coach Henningsen. " Meagan Phipps really gave us some offensive momentum and intensity on both ends of the court, and Meghan Glawe really had a good night offensively and defensively. Both Courtney and Meghan really limited Ridge View's second chance opportunities on the boards. We need to continue working on the fundamentals and taking care of the ball."
No information was available for the Ridge View girls.
In the boys' nightcap, Alta-Aurelia beat the Raptors by a 62-50 score in a game that was tight through the first three quarters. A.J. Lange scored 19 points to lead the Warriors' effort, and teammates Ryan Friedrich, with 14 points, and Jalen Henningsen, with 13 , were also in double figures. Friedrich led A-A on the boards with eight rebounds, while Lange had seven boards and Austin Glawe snared five. Henningsen had four steals on defense for the Warriors.
Ridge View's Seth Johnson and Isaiah Miller each scored 15 points to lead the Raptors, and Miller claimed a double-double, adding 10 rebounds and five assists to his night's totals. Kris Alesch and Blake Woodke each tallied seven points and three boards for Ridge View, with Alesch tacking on three assists.
Alta-Aurelia coach Dean Lietz said , "This was a great win to start the season. Ridge View presents some match-up problems with their size and length, but we handled it well. We out-rebounded them so that was huge for us. It was a see- saw battle until the middle of the fourth quarter, when we put a run together and held them off down the stretch.
"We had a lot of big performances both offensively and defensively and made numerous hustle plays on both ends. A.J. Lange, Jalen Henningsen and Ryan Friedrich had good nights offensively, while Neil Marshall, Austin Glawe, and Karl Kennedy did a great job holding Miller defensively. Christian Weiland and Austin Delp provided a spark off the bench."
Raptors coach Shannon Tesch said he was impressed with his team's work ethic, saying they "worked hard from the opening tip to the final buzzer."
While saying he was proud of the way the team competed, Tesch added that the Raptors need to cut down on turnovers.
The Warrior teams travel to Sioux Rapids on Friday to play Sioux Central in a Northwest Conference match-up. The Raptors' next contest will also be on Friday, when they face the Lawton-Bronson teams on the road in Western Valley Conference action.