Raiders fall to Lions in second round of district play
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DMC 61, Mt. Ayr 47
Mount Ayr wasn’t given any valentine gift last Thursday as the Raiders fell to Des Moines Christian 61-47, ending their bid for the State tournament.
The quick hitting Lions were able to out score the Raiders throughout the first half, however, Mount Ayr stayed within striking distance. Hea
ding into halftime, Mount Ayr was down 28-17.
The Lions were again able to out score the Raiders in the third, which was helped along by some frustration on the Mount Ayr side of things and a technical was called, giving the Lions four free shots, but Mount Ayr began to make a comeback late in the fourth, however, they were not able to close in quick enough.
After the game, Mount Ayr fans stuck around to congratulate the student athletes on a well played season.
Dawson Frost ended the season on a high note, scoring 21 points while Payton Weehler scored 14, including four-of-five from the outside.
“I told the guys the goal was to be within six, and they come out and bury a three, we come out and bury a three,” said coach Bret Ruggles. “If we get anyone of those stops there is the six we talked about. Then we lost control there at the end of the third quarter, unfortunately frustration set in. They got up by 20 and I knew that was it.”
The Raiders will graduate Connor Eaton, Myles Greene, Cade Clymer, John Shields and Chase Henry.
“When you go through four years of summer workouts, summer shootings, summer camps, whatever we do, you hope that your senior season does this,” said coach Ruggles. “Our seniors have been fantastic all year. Connor will have a great track season, this wasn’t his favorite sport but he stuck it out with us. John’s back is healthy so I can’t wait to see him on the track, Myles, I can’t say enough about that kid and Chase is going to go on to do great things as well. Losing those guys is very tough.”
The Raiders finished 18-4 overall. A full season report will appear in next week’s edition of the Record-News.