Lady Cyclones triumph over Raiders 38-31
By Sean Kiefer
Images provided by The Scrappy Trib

2020 started off well for the Lady Cyclones basketball team as they battled for their win against the Dunkerton Raiders on January 3.

The game started out slow, with very low scoring on both sides of the court. The Raiders would go for most of the quarter with a narrow lead behind Maeson Wolff and her shots in the paint, however, towards the end of the quarter, the Cyclones’ own Reese Johnson would make some good offensive rebounds that she converted to score. By the end of the first quarter, there wasn’t much momentum for either team and the Cyclones were up a narrow 9-7.

Into the second quarter, the Raiders would start to find their groove and pull away from the Cyclones. Kayla Rathe stepped up and hit jump shots that helped put the Raiders up 17-12 at the half.

Kicking off the second half, the Cyclones gained on the Raider lead with help from Grace Hennesy and her free throws.

The Cyclones and Raiders traded the lead throughout the second half until late in the fourth quarter, when the Cyclones were able to pull away thanks to Sydney Eggena and her lay-ups, sealing a Cyclone win, 38-31.

In a post-game interview with Cyclone varsity girls’ basketball Head Coach Joe Frost, he said, “We did a better job with transitions, as our defense was able to get scores offensively.”
He added, “In the end, we didn’t make shots, but the shots we were getting off were nice, they just wouldn’t go in.”

At this point in the season, the ladies’ record stands at 5-5.
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