The Raiders from Richardton-Taylor struck first and fast Monday.
It took just three seconds to take the lead over New England in the Tigers’ gym and the visitors held the lead for almost three minutes.
When Molly Rayhorn sank a free throw to tie the game at 4-4, followed by another to give the Tigers a 5-4, that would be the last time in the game the Raiders would hold the lead.
By Brad Mosher
For the rest of the first quarter and the game, it was all Tigers as they flooded the Raiders on the way to an easy 65-20 victory on parents night.
After taking the lead, New England coach Jason Jung took advantage of a Raider time out to switch defenses.
That switch literally turned out the lights on the visiting Raiders as the visitors went scoreless for the rest of the first quarter and much longer.
The Tigers built up a 16-4 lead by the end of the first quarter.
By the time the Raiders scored again, the lead was 26-5 after Elle Goetz hit one of two free throws with 6:14 left in the half.
Jaycee Heiser added another free throw for the Raiders in the final minute of the half as the Tigers rolled up to a 37-6 lead.
The Tigers’ defense held the visiting Raiders to just two points in the second quarter, while at one point turning five straight turnovers into Tiger scores.
Richardton-Taylor mounted a comeback early in the second half, starting with baskets by Skylar Crow and Carly Diede, cutting the lead to 39-10.in the first two minutes of the quarter.
In the next three minutes the Tigers went on a 11-0 run.
Goetz gave the visitors a big boost with a three-point basket with seven seconds left in the quarter, but by that time the Tigers held a commanding 57-15 lead.
With New England fielding mostly reserves in the final quarter, the Tigers still outscored the visitors by an 8 to 5 margin to close out the decisive Region 7 victory.
“That was a big region win for us. Our kids came out with a lot of intensity. I was just super impressed with how they came out and how they wanted to win… especially on Parents Night. I am glad we put on a good show for everybody,” he said.
“Our defense has really improved. We are changing defenses. We are changes presses. We went to a half-court trap and it took a few minutes for us to kind of get into the rhythm of the game.
“Then, we started to get a lot of turnovers and we started to score on those turnovers as well. That has kind of been our bread and butter lately. We have won six out of our last eight games and our defense is what helps start our offense,” he added.
Shelley Kathrein led all scorers with 21 points, with 11 coming in the third quarter alone. Rayhorn had 13 points, all in the first half. Elizabeth Kaufman scored nine points, while both Lindsay Koch and Ellie Rettinger finished with seven points each. Emily Dinius scored six points, while Emma Bock added two.
Goetz was the only Raider to score in double figures with 11 points. Crow had four, both Ieesha Jordan and Diede finished with two points each. Grace Kuntz finished with one point.
At the free throw line the Tigers hit 12 of 25 attempts, while the Raiders scored on three of 14 attempts.
The Tigers improved to 3-3 in Region 7 play with the win, putting the team in seventh place in the standings, one-half game behind Mott-Regent (4-4). New England has a 7-9 season record.
The Raiders fell to 1-6 in the region and 3-13 for the season.
After Thursday’s road game to Glen Ullin-Hebron, the Tigers will got to Scranton Saturday to play Hettinger-Scranton at 7 p.m. The team will be on the road again Feb. 6 in Beulah to play the Miners.The final home game of the season will be Feb. 9 when the Tigers host Dickinson Trinity with a 3 p.m. contest.
Tigers blank Ranchers
The Tigers jumped out to an early lead Jan. 24 and left their hosts behind in an easy 48-22 win over Harding County.
Playing at the South Dakota school, New England opened the game with a 22-9 first quarter and then cruised to 38-9 halftime lead when they shut out their hosts in the second quarter.
Harding County rallied in the third quarter, with a 13-8 scoring run which closed the New England lead to 46-35 going into the final quarter.
New England got the only score in the final eight minutes as the Tigers shut out their hosts for the second quarter in the game.
The Tigers were led by Kathrein’s 13, Rayhorn’s 12 and Rettinger’s 10 points. Kaufman finished with seven points, while Koch added four and Hadley Binstock put in two.
Logan Kautzman was the leading scorer for the hosts with nine points.
Richardton-Taylor at New England
R/T 4 2 9 5 20
NE 16 21 20 8 65
Halftime: New England 37, Richard-Taylor 6
Elle Goetz 3 1 2-6 11; Skylar Crow 2 0 0-3 4; Carly Diede 1 0 0-0 2; Ieesha Jordan 1 0 0-1 2; Grace Kuntz 0 0 1-3 1; Maylyn Newman 0 0 0-1 0.
Richardton-Taylor 7 1 3-14 20
Shelley Kathrein 9 0 3-7 21; Molly Rayhorn 2 1 6-8 13; Elizabeth Kaufman 2 1 2-4 9; Lindsay Koch 2 1 0-2 7; Elli Rettinger 3 0 1-2 7; Emily Dinius 3 0 0-1 6; Emma Bock 1 0 0-0 2; Takoda Westling 0 0 0-1 0.
New England 22 3 12-25 65
New England at Harding County (S.D.)
NE 22 16 8 2 48
HC 9 0 13 0 22
Halftime: New England 38, Harding County 9
Shelley Kathrein 13; Molly Rayhorn 12; Elli Rettinger 10; Elizabeth Kaufman 7; Lindsay Koch 4; Hadley 2.
Logan Kautzman 9; Emily Comes 5; Karli Verhulst 2; Brooklyn Williams 2; Karlin Teigen 2, Gracie Hand 2.