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River Ridge defense rattles Lancaster girls
River Ridge defense rattles Lancaster girls
River Ridge's Glenna Marshall drives to the basket against Lancaster's Kiley Kelly during last Thursday night's non-conference contest at Patch Grove. The host Timberwolves won the game, 53-34. - photo by A.J. Gates

PATCH GROVE – River Ridge’s aggressive man-to-man defense forced visiting Lancaster into 18 turnovers and a number of tough shots last Tuesday night, which led the way to the Timberwolves’ 53-34 victory over the Flying Arrows in non-conference girls basketball action.

As a result of Lancaster’s 18 turnovers and seven steals by the Timberwolves, River Ridge scored 20 points off turnovers, compared to 10 for Lancaster, who had five steals and forced the home team into 11 turnovers.

Aside from the differential  in turnovers and points off turnovers, most other statistical categories were virtually identical between the two teams, except for assists, where River Ridge had 14, to just five for Lancaster.

The difference in assists also had a correlation in the shooting percentages of the two teams, where River Ridge was more patient on offense, and constantly working for better shots.

(For complete coverage of this game, get your copy of the Jan. 23, 2020 issue of the Grant County Herald Independent.)

River Ridge 53, 

Lancaster 34

(from Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Patch Grove)

Lancaster 13 21 - 34

River Ridge 26 27 - 53

Lancaster - Lainee Burks 2, Bridee Burks 8, Anna Murphy 1, Morgan DeBuhr 1, Brooklyn Connelly 4, Kiley Kelly 10, Sophie Uppena 8. Totals - 11-37, 11-19 34.

River Ridge - Faith Schier 2, Skylar White 13, Ruby Breuer 8, Glenna Marshall 13, Rylee Zinkle 5, McKenzie Graf 5, Faith Webb 2, Chloe Stagman 5. Totals - 19-45, 11-18 53.

3-point goals - L: (1-9) Kelly 1; RR: (4-17) White 1, Zinkle 1, Graf 1, Webb 1. Team fouls - L 14, RR 14. Fouled out - None.