Mount Ayr downs Lenox, falls to Martensdale
Mount Ayr 45,
The Raiderettes took care of business last Tuesday night, adding another Pride of Iowa win to their season after defeating the Lenox Tigers, for the second time this season.
Lenox was without leading scorer Sadie Cox, but that didn’t stop the Tigers from leading after the first eight minutes.
The Raiderettes were able to adjust in the second and take a 16-11 lead heading into halftime.
Mount Ayr only allowed six points in the third quarter, while scoring 16.
The Raiderettes held the lead heading into the fourth to take a 45-28 victory.
Mount Ayr’s Breya Nickle had 14-point game, shooting five-of-nine buckets, including two three’s and hitting both of her freethrow attempts.
Tegan Streit added 12 to the Mount Ayr score, shooting five-of-seven with one three.
Linsie Barnes led the Raiderette boards with seven, along with a team-high five assists.
Tabby Henle recorded four steals on the night to keep the ball in Mount Ayr possession.
“We were overthinking in the first half and we were so stale and flat on offense,” said coach Thad Streit. “We started talking about what we needed to do offensively. I thought our defense was working well. We had to get a little more movement and make some buckets..”
1 2 3 4 F
MA 4 12 16 13 45
LT 7 4 6 11 28
Pts FG 3 FT
Henle 7 3-10 1-3 0-0
Jones 2 1-3 0-1 0-0
Nickle 14 5-9 2-4 2-2
Streit 12 5-7 1-2 1-6
Barnes 4 1-2 0-0 2-5
Knight 4 2-6 0-1 0-0
Kniep 2 0-2 0-0 2-2
R Ast S B
Henle 1 4 4 0
Jones 1 2 2 0
Nickle 6 2 3 0
Streit 5 4 1 0
Barnes 7 5 3 0
Knight 2 1 0 1
Kniep 2 0 1 0
Mount Ayr 44
In what turned out to quite possibly be the game of the season between Mount Ayr and Martensdale-St. Marys , it didn’t start out too well for Mount Ayr.
The Blue Devils, ranked 15th in Class 1A, jumped ahead 16-0 against the Raiderettes before a Tegan Streit three-pointer spurred an offensive streak for the visitors.
Tegan Streit, a leader on the team, who helped spur the Raiderette offense early and get the Mount Ayr girls into the game was disappointed with the loss but didn’t hang her head following the defeat.
“We called a time out and knew we had to do something. We tried to run our offense and it wasn’t working and I just decided to shoot it and it went in,” said Streit. “That really got us going and our defense was really good tonight.”
The Raiderettes, down 16-0, made up ground, scoring 12 unanswered points to end the first quarter 16-12.
The two teams went even in the second, each scoring 10 points, to put the Blue Devils ahead by four heading into halftime.
In the third, Mount Ayr took a slim lead, but Martensdale was able to jump back ahead, but the Raiderettes made up ground in the third, trailing 31-28 heading into the final eight minutes.
Linsie Barnes put the Raiderettes in front with 1:30 left in the game but a Brynnly German three closed the gap to only one point.
Nickle stretched the gap back out to three after a trip to the charity stripe, but Campbell German tied the contest with a three pointer with only 30 seconds to go.
Fouls from Mount Ayr saw the Blue Devils take the lead.
The loss dropped the Raiderettes to 12-3 on the season.
Breya Nickle led the team with 16-points on the night, while Streit recorded 10, with seven assists.
Nickle was four-for-four on threes and two-for-two at the line, while Streit was four-for-eight with two threes.
“This game gave us post-season readiness and post-season confidence. We won the last 27 minutes of that ball game,” said Streit. “It’s unfortunate that a couple of fouls could have gone either way and our goal is to get to the line but we missed a bunch of freethrows.”
The Raiderettes were 10-for-20 at the line.
“We got ourselves into a hole and we are a second-half team,” said coach Streit. “Someone had to win, someone had to lose.”
Tegan Streit echoed coach Streit’s words.
“We knew if we were going to win this game help side defense, rebounds and free-throws were going to win this game for us tonight, unfortunately the free-throws didn’t fall,” said Streit. “Everything else we did a really good job at tonight.”
1 2 3 4 F
MA 12 10 6 16 44
MSM 16 10 5 16 47
Pts FG 3 FT
Henle 2 0-6 0-3 2-2
Jones 1 0-5 0-0 1-4
Nickle 16 5-7 4-4 2-2
Streit 10 4-8 2-3 0-4
Barnes 8 4-5 0-0 0-0
Knight 3 1-4 0-3 1-2
Kniep 4 0-2 0-0 4-6
R Ast S B
Henle 3 3 0 0
Jones 2 0 0 0
Nickle 7 2 1 0
Streit 7 7 2 0
Barnes 8 1 0 0
Knight 5 1 3 0
Kniep 3 2 0 0
Mount Ayr 42,
The Raiderettes had yet another exciting game to start off a short week of basketball Monday night.
The Raiderettes hosted the Class 3A Centerville Big Reds who entered the contest with a record of 9-6.
Monday night’s contest saw the Raiderettes without recent standout Jaxy Knight, who in the past, has provided a spark to the team, but the Raiderettes rallied and out of the gate scored 18, which included a close to half-court buzzer shot by standout Breya Nikle, while allowing only 11 to the Big Red.
“With Jaxy sick and Janna out we tried to figure out a rotation,” said coach Thad Streit. “It came down to who to put on the floor to run the right offense and I thought we did a good job and the girls accepting their job. The girls did good executing.”
The second quarter saw adjustments by Centerville, which closed the gap heading into halftime, but Mount Ayr’s lead slimmed to three.
The third quarter looked as through Centerville had found the formula to defeat the Raiderettes, taking a 36-30 lead, however, the fourth quarter was anything but boring.
The Raiderettes found themselves in much the same situation as they did last Friday night against Martensdale-St. Marys.
Mount Ayr’s Jill Kniep put the Raiderettes within one-point with 35.2 seconds remaining and at the free-throw line, the Big Red made it a two-point conest.
It looked as if the Big Red would take the close victory, but Tabby Henle had other plans, shooting a three and putting the Raiderettes in front with just two seconds to go, however, a foul also sent Centerville to the line.
Centerville’s Breckyn Carney went one-for-two and the game was tied with 2.4 seconds looming on the board.
On the Mount Ayr throw-in, Breya Nickle set a screen and got the foul to head to the line. Still no time had run-off.
Nickle was good on both shots to put the Raiderettes up 42-40.
“I was shaking. I was freaking out but I had the crowd behind me and knew I had it,” said Nickle. “All this weight got taken off my shoulders [when the ball dropped in]. I felt so much relief. Streit was telling us not to foul and do not foul. It feels really good for the team [to get the win] and it helped boost our confidence.”
No time had run off and after four back-to-back timeouts, Centerville launched the ball down the court on the throw-in and ran out of time, giving Mount Ayr a redemption win.
“Nickle does a nice job and we try not to run things through individuals, we try to run things through the team,” said coach Streit. “We try to be as balanced and equal as we can and be hard to guard but she’s finding ways to make buckets and we put her in situations and we got the call and made the two free-throws and sealed the deal. Good job out of everybody.”
1 2 3 4 F
CBR 11 10 15 4 40
MA 18 6 6 12 42
Pts FG 3 FT
Henle 5 2-5 1-4 0-0
Jones 3 1-3 0-1 1-2
Nickle 16 6-9 2-4 2-3
Streit 6 3-8 0-2 0-1
Barnes 4 2-4 0-0 0-0
Kniep 8 4-7 0-0 0-0
R Ast S B
Henle 1 5 2 0
Jones 3 1 0 0
Nickle 5 1 4 0
Streit 9 4 0 0
Barnes 6 2 0 0
Kniep 2 0 0 0