TROY — Russia was unable to maintain up with Tri-Village when the groups performed in a nonconference recreation in common season. The teachings realized in that matchup helped the Raiders win eight of their final 11 regular-season matchups and earn a rematch with the Patriots in a Division IV district remaining.
Russia confirmed its enchancment towards Tri-Village on Saturday at Troy Excessive Faculty’s Trojan Actions Middle however misplaced 52-43.
“We did a very good job at this time and did a greater job of limiting their runs,” Russia coach Andy Timmerman mentioned. “… I felt like this recreation, we performed for 32 minutes. We made errors and that’s going to occur. However (Tri-Village) has 5 actually good gamers that makes it robust so that you can guard defensively.”
The Raiders end 16-10 general. Their 62-45 regular-season loss to the Patriots got here on Dec. 21 within the midst of a five-game shedding streak. The Raiders fell to 4-6 after that streak however misplaced 4 video games the remainder of the season, solely certainly one of which got here by a margin larger than double digits.
“We’ve improved a ton for the reason that starting of the 12 months,” Timmerman mentioned. “They’ve come collectively. I can’t say sufficient about what they’ve been in a position to accomplish.”
The Raiders needed to cope with Tri-Village 6-foot-2 junior publish Meghan Downing within the publish on Saturday. Downing scored 15 factors and had 9 rebounds and 5 blocked pictures.
However Russia was nonetheless capable of finding some offensive success within the publish. Kate Sherman, a 6-0 sophomore ahead, was certainly one of three Russia gamers who scored 11 factors. Ella Hoehne, a 5-11 junior ahead, additionally scored 11, although most of hers got here on mid-range and lengthy shot makes an attempt.
“I believed inside we did a greater job of preventing by way of contact and pushing by way of that contact,” Timmerman mentioned. “The primary recreation, we struggled extra towards that. However I believed our publish gamers did a greater job of preventing by way of contact, ending by way of and ending in direction of the basket.”
The groups traded factors to a 14-14 tie within the first quarter, however the Patriots switched to a 2-3 zone protection within the second and outscored the Raiders 14-5 to take a 28-19 halftime lead.
Russia received its offense going once more within the second half. The squad pulled inside six factors halfway by way of the third earlier than Tri-Village prolonged its result in 40-30 heading into the fourth.
Hoehne made a 3-pointer from the left wing and adopted with a jumper shortly after to chop the hole to 44-39 with 3:33 left.
Cece Borchers, who additionally scored 11 factors, hit a 3 to shut the hole to 47-42 with below two minutes left, however Tri-Village secured the win from the free-throw line.
“We simply stored battling,” Timmerman mentioned. “The women hit pictures. Ella popping out and making that 3 was fairly superior. Completely different women stepping up is what we’ve had all 12 months. When somebody struggled in a recreation, another person stepped up. Even on this recreation inside possessions, we picked one another up. I’m happy with them.”
They’ll lose three seniors to commencement in Ashley Scott, Kendall Monnin and Katelyn Monnin. Each Kendall and Katelyn Monnin missed a lot of the season as a result of accidents; neither performed on Saturday.
“Katelyn has had a troublesome trip by way of highschool with a second ACL tear (this season),” Timmerman mentioned. “She accepted her position and was somebody you possibly can rely on to have a constructive angle on the bench to choose folks up.
“Kendall began us defensively the final a number of years and that’s the place she’s actually going to be missed, along with her defensive presence and the way a lot she communicates and will get folks in the appropriate spots. It took us a little bit bit as soon as she received injured to get adjusted to that, who was going to step up in her place.
“Ashley had a hell of a previous couple of weeks for us, scoring in double digits so much. Her capturing was nice. It makes it robust for different groups when she’s capturing like that. I’m happy with all three of them for all the things they’ve completed for this system the final four-plus years.”
Saturday’s district remaining look was this system’s second in 4 years. The workforce completed tied for third within the Shelby County Athletic League this season and can look to be among the many league’s favorites subsequent 12 months with nearly each participant again.
“It’s thrilling. We simply need to preserve bettering,” Timmerman mentioned. “Simply because they’re younger doesn’t imply that we’re routinely going to get higher. We’ve simply received to maintain working. If we proceed to maintain working how we did final summer season into this 12 months, I’m enthusiastic about what we are able to do.”
Russia’s Cece Borchers shoots as Tri-Village’s Dalanee Grey defends throughout a Division IV district remaining on Saturday at Troy Excessive Faculty’s Trojan Actions Middle. Borchers scored 11 factors.
Russia senior guard Ashley Scott shoots with strain from Tri-Village’s Alivia Dunlap throughout a Division IV district remaining on Saturday at Troy Excessive Faculty’s Trojan Actions Middle. Scott is certainly one of three seniors the Raiders will lose to commencement.
Russia’s Sophie Francis seems to be to shoot as Tri-Village’s Morgan Hunt defends throughout a Division IV district remaining on Saturday at Troy Excessive Faculty’s Trojan Actions Middle.
Russia’s Simone Puthoff shoots as Tri-Village’s Meghan Downing defends throughout a Division IV district remaining on Saturday at Troy Excessive Faculty’s Trojan Actions Middle.
Russia’s Kate Sherman shoots over Tri-Village’s Meghan Downing throughout a Division IV district remaining on Saturday at Troy Excessive Faculty’s Trojan Actions Middle. Sherman scored 11 factors regardless of having a number of pictures blocked by Downing.
Russia’s Rese Goubeaux drives as Tri-Village’s Torie Richards defends throughout a Division IV district remaining on Saturday at Troy Excessive Faculty’s Trojan Actions Middle.
Russia junior ahead Ella Hoehne shoots with strain from Tri-Village’s Meghan Downing throughout a Division IV district remaining on Saturday at Troy Excessive Faculty’s Trojan Actions Middle. Hoehne scored 11 factors.
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