SCHALLER - The Ridge View Raptors took on Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto here last week in a girl-boy Western Valley Conference basketball doubleheader, and the Raptors wound up on the losing side in both contests.
In the girls' game, the Raptors, now 1-8 on the season, fell to the Rams by a single point, 35-34. Nicole Snyder had 15 points to lead the Raptors' scoring, and Kaitlynn Madsen and Kaitlin Wulf each scored seven.
Raptors' coach Ken Slater said the Raptors were unable to find a way to win in another close game.
"We again had a rough first half," siad Slater, "especially in the second quarter, where we let MVAO get a significant lead."
Despite this, Ridge View was able to come back in the third quarter and take the lead going into the fourth. However, said Coach Slater, "MVAO made one more play than us and connected on two free throws to get the win."
On the positive side, said Slater, he felt that Ridge View played the best defense they have played all year, being active in the passing lanes and being able to take MVAO out of their offense for the most part.
In conclusion, Coach Slater said that Ridge View needs to build on their defensive effort and continue to improve offensive fundamentals so they can take care of the ball and execute their offense effectively on a consistent basis.
In the boys' contest, Ridge View appeared to be looked in control for the first half and into the first four minutes of the third quarter.
Maple Valley/ Anthon-Oto hit four big three-point baskets towards the end of the third quarter, and Ridge View also had "way too many turnovers during that stretch as well," said Raptors' coach Shannon Tesch.
The Rams pulled ahead for good, on their way to a 72-62 victory.
Seth Johnson had a double-double night for Ridge View, scoring 16 points and hauling down 13 boards, and the senior aso had four assists and four steals. Kris Alesch scored 14 points, grabbed six rebouds and blocked four shots, and Travis Hoeppner scored 11 and grabbed seven rebounds.
The Raptors are now 2-6 overall this season and are 0-2 in conference play as they head into the Christmas break.