HOLSTEIN - The Ridge View boys hung in there for a while in their Western Valley Conference basketball battle with Lawton-Bronson here on Friday, but in the end the Eagles had just too much firepower, as they downed the Raptors by a final score of 63-47.
Ridge View coach Shannon Tesch said he liked his team's effort and composure in the game, and feels the Raptors did a nice job defensively. He also felt Ridge View did a nice job offensively of getting good rhythm shots, but that those shots "just didn't fall for us tonight."
Seth Johnson led the Raptors' attack with 23 points, and the senior also grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists. Travis Hoeppner had eight points, five rebounds and four steals for the Raptors and Kris Alesch scored six points and led the team on the boards with eight rebounds.
Austin Lefler led three Eagles who scored in double figures with 21 points, and he was joined by Steve Adams with 15 points and Matt Smith, who scored 10.
The Raptors are now 0-3 on the season and 0-1 in the Western Valley Conference.
In the opening game, the Raptor girls "ran into a buzz saw," in the words of their coach, Ken Slater. Slater said that the Lady Eagles "are a team with some talented girls who have played together for quite some time," and it showed as they rolled to a 92-41 win.
"Besides being good athletes," said Slater, "they are good basketball players and beat us in every facet of the game. I did feel we executed some good things in the first and third quarter, but we were not able to sustain that, and we gave up some big runs in the second quarter and at the end of the third quarter. We continue to give a great effort - we simply need to improve in our fundamentals."
Kaitlin Wulf led the Raptors' scoring with 11 points, while Nicole Snyder scored nine and Anna Davis eight. The Raptors have a 1-4 record this season.