Girls’ hoops seasons over for Rams, Rockets with Regional tournament losses

February 11, 2018 6:31 am

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Greene County and Paton-Churdan both lost first round regional basketball games last night, thus ending their 2017-18 seasons.

The Rams fell 66-42 in Sac City to East Sac County in a Class 3A Region eight contest heard on KG98 and streamed on www.raccoonvalleyradio.com. The Raiders improved to 10-11 and travel to number four Cherokee on Wednesday, while Coach Dean Lyons’ team finished on an eight game losing streak at 5-16 overall.

It was a 9-9 game after one quarter, then ESC took over in quarter two, out scoring the Rams 18-10 for a 27-19 lead. A pair of three-point baskets by senior Laurin Lyons kept the Rams close early, and two three-pointers from sophomore Kassie Lamoureux brought the Rams within five points early in the second half before the Raiders put the offense in high gear and the Rams were not able to keep up. ESC only has seven players and the starting five went all but the final minute. Four of them reached double figures in points, led by sophomore Josie Bontrager with 21 points, nearly triple her 7.4 average. Bontrager sank five goals beyond the arc. Junior Taylor Houska had 18 points with freshmen Maty Quirk and Bree Boeckman at 16 and 10, respectively.

Unofficially, the Rams were 15 of 41 from the field with a season best five three-point baskets. They were seven of 10 shooting free throws and turned the ball over 27 times. Lyons had 12 points and Lamoureux 10.

ESC was 24 of 50 with nine three-pointers. They made 12 of 19 foul shots and had 15 turnovers, but just two in the second half.

The game was the final one for eight Greene County seniors. Along with Lyons, seniors include Samantha Hardaway, Regan Lamoureux, Onica Delp, Ashley Millard, Emily Bettey, Caitlyn Adamson, and Katelyn McColley.

Paton-Churdan lost to Ar-We-Va in Westside, 64-44 to finish the season at 9-12. That was a Class 1A Region 8 first round game. Grace Geisler and Faith Davis are the only seniors on Coach Tom Kennedy’s team.

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