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Raiderettes run away from Pleasantville

Published: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 1:39 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 1:53 a.m. CDT
Mount Ayr senior Paige Daughton (center) flies in for a shot in a crowded lane during Mount Ayr's 64- 26 win over Pleasantville on Friday. Daughton scored 19 points to lead all scorers.

MOUNT AYR — The Mount Ayr girls basketball team started its game here Friday against Pleasantville trailing the Trojans 12-0 before the opening tip.

Or at least that’s what head coach Thad Streit told his players before the Raiderettes ran away with a 64-26 win.

“I told the girls, we dig ourselves a hole,” Streit said. “We realize it, and then the last three minutes of the game, then we play our butts off. So we came out with the idea of starting at tip, we’re down 12 points. They came out with energy, they came out with fire, they came out with enthusiasm. Maybe I need to tell them that every game.”

Pleasantville jumped to a 6-5 lead in the opening minutes of the game, but then the Trojans went scoreless for close to 10 minutes of game time, as the Raiderettes went on a 32-0 run to put the game away early.

Senior Paige Daughton scored 12 of her game-high 19 points during the 32-0 run, as Mount Ayr got several easy buckets off of turnovers. Kelcie Shields added 14 points for the Raiderettes.

“I think that’s her career high,” Streit said. “She was doing a lot of right things. She had 17 at halftime. I can’t complain about that. We were trying to get Brook (Rychnovsky) some more touches, some threes, but they just wouldn’t fall.”

Daughton and Rychnovsky were the lone seniors on the girls basketball team honored during a senior night celebration in between the girls game and the boys game. In total, 15 Mount Ayr seniors involved in winter activities were honored.

Streit said his team did a good job defensively, especially on Kennedy Core.

“Kennedy Core is the best player in the conference,” he said. “She’s averaging 20 and we held her to 11. She’s a special player. She is dang good. She didn’t hit any threes tonight. They didn’t hit any threes at all.”

Streit was also pleased with how his team worked the ball inside to get quality looks at the basket.

“We owned the paint tonight,” he said. “And we outrebounded them 38-20. You’ve got to win from the inside out.”

One area he did see room for improvement, however, was free throw shooting.

The Raiderettes shot just 8-of-21 from the charity stripe in the game.

“We were bad from the free throw line,” Streit said. “We have got to make more free throws than that. When it gets to postseason, that’s going to be important.”

Mount Ayr improved to 10-10 for the season with the win. The Raiderettes close out the regular season at Lenox on Tuesday.

PLEASANTVILLE (26) — Kennedy Core 5 1-4 11, Trisha Kunze 4 0-3 8, Irie Robinson 1 1-2 3, Beth Kreykes 1 0-0 2, Bailey Oliva 0 2-2 2. Totals — 11 4-13 26.Team fouls — 17. Fouled out — none.

MOUNT AYR (39) — Paige Daughton 8 3-6 19, Kelcie Shields 6 2-6 14, Ashton Johnson 2 2-5 7, Tess Shields 3 1-2 7, Allie Shields 2 0-0 4, Brook Rychnovsky 1 0-0 3, Macy Larsen 1 0-0 3, Megan Warin 1 0-2 3, Hannah Glendenning 1 0-0 2, Sadie Frost 1 0-0 2. Totals — 26 8-21 64. 3-point goals — 4 (Rychnovsky 1, Johnson 1, Larsen 1, Warin 1). Rebounds — 38 (Tess Shields 10, K. Shields 6, A. Shields 4, Rychnovsky 4).  Assists — T. Shields 5, Rychnovsky 4. Steals — Daughton 3, Rychnovsky 3. Team fouls — 15. Fouled out — none.

P’ville — 6 11 13 26

MA — 25 44 51 64

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