If you’re a current subscriber, log in below. If you would like to subscribe, please click the subscribe tab above.
Username and Password Help
Mount Ayr 76, Clarke 71
The Raiders hosted the Clarke Indians, a year after the Mount Ayr boys lost a 79-43 contest in Osceola last year and had a taste for revenge in this contest.
The Raiders came out fast, leading 20-8 in the first quarter before Clarke found rhythm and trailed by only two at the buzzer.
The Indians took the lead in the second quarter and at halftime the Raiders trailed 39-33.
With work to do, the Raiders made tough shots to outscore the Indians in the second-half 43-32.
Jaixen Frost was on a mission to beat Clarke after the bad taste left from the upset a year ago and despite Clarke’s best efforts of rotating in a fresh defender on Frost throughout the night, he was able to pick up 38-points.
“After last year, I kind of hold grudges against that stuff and didn’t want to lose twice to them, I was on a mission,” said Frost. “I wanted to make a point, get some buckets, get the freshman involved, get the teammates the ball, I was on a mission to get this game.”
Along with his 38-points, Frost led the team in rebounds with 14 and assists with two.
Tyler Martin had a nice night with 12 points, two assists and three rebounds in his first sophomore outing.
Freshman Jackson Ruggles also saw the floor, scoring 10 points and making two crucial three-pointers late in the game.
Ruggles was excited for the opportunity to finally hit the floor in varsity action.
“I’ve been waiting a long time, it’s fun being out there,” said Ruggles. “We’ve been in the gym a long time and I finally got out here and we got those shots down.”
Coach Bret Ruggles was excited for the win and proud to see his son, Jackson, out on the floor in a Raider jersey, but noted he was a little nervous when he went for his three-pointers.
“You have that moment where he’s taking that second three and you realize he’s our freshman, he’s going to be a good player for us, he provides a good temp for us and as he’s rising up, as a dad you’re thinking oh that has to go in that’s a big moment,” said coach Ruggles. “I thought Braydon Pierson’s three was a game-changer for us. Overall as a team, we come out of half down seven and you could see our energy was we can do it. They rotated a fresh guy on Frost all night and he still managed to get 38. Some of the toughest shots we had, he makes me a very intelligent coach.”
The Raiders host the Southwest Valley Timberwolves in the first conference action this season on Friday, December 2.
1 2 3 4 F
CLA 21 18 10 22 71
MA 23 10 15 28 76
Pts FG 3 FT
Stark 3 1-3 0-0 1-2
Reynolds 5 2-4 1-1 0-0
Frost 38 14-21 2-5 8-8
Pierson 7 3-11 1-5 0-0
Martin 12 4-11 1-3 3-7
Ruggles 10 3-7 2-5 2-2
Fooken 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Jaize Frost 1 0-1 0-1 1-2
R Ast S B
Stark 5 1 4 0
Reynolds 2 0 2 0
Frost 14 2 3 1
Pierson 3 1 0 0
Martin 3 2 0 0
Ruggles 2 1 0 1
Fooken 0 0 0 0
Jaize Frost 0 0 1 0