A North Central Conference girls’ varsity hoops game at the high school last Saturday afternoon had Riverdale topping Galion 74-54.
The Lady Falcons soared to leads of 22-8 and 45-26 at the end of the first two quarters. respectively. At the conclusion of three frames, the gap was 29 points, 63-34. The Lady Tigers (3-15) took the final eight minutes, 20-11, to account for the final score.
Galion first-year head coach Bryce Lehman was philosophical about the lop-sided loss.
“Looking at the final score, most would say that Riverdale won easily against us,” he stated. While we did lose by 20, we cut the deficit from the last time we played them when they beat us by 44. Riverdale is a solid team and has a pretty good ‘feeder system’. We played with much more hustle and pride today. We are getting a little more ‘scrappy’ the past 3-4 games and that is great to see.”
The Lady Orange-and-Blue had a balanced scoring attack. Sophomore Taylor Valentine was the big gun with 15 points via 5 three-point bombs.
“Taylor Valentine had a huge day for us shooting from behind the arc,” noted Lehman. “… at one point in the second quarter, (she) had four (three-pointers) in a row on four straight possessions. It was nice to see Taylor have confidence in her shot. She has the potential to be one of the best three-point shooters to come through the Galion girls’ program.”
Others scoring for the locals were: Ramonda Dorsey, 10 points; Robin Barnes, 9; Raven Crawford, 8; Grace Brown and M’Lynn Gwinner, 4 each; plus Jaime Ehrman and Kayla LaForest, 2 apiece. Also, Brown grabbed 10 of the squad’s 22, rebounds and Dorsey dealt out 7 assists.
A trio of Lady Falcons reached twin figures in scoring. Jordyn Wright threw in a game-high 22 points, Ashlynn Walters added 16, and Taylor Frey, 14.
Team numbers for the Lady Tigers had them netting 14-of-35 two-point tries (40%), 7-of-14 triples (50%) and 5-of-10 free throws (50%).
“Today was ‘Senior Day’ and our four seniors — Raven, Kayla, Ramonda and Bailey (Ruhe) — will be missed next season,” Lehman mentioned. “Each one of them have contributed to help boost this program. They are an asset to this team and will be hard to replace. It will best interesting to see who steps up next season to fill their shoes.”
In tournament news, Galion will face Shelby on Tuesday, February 18th at 8 p.m. at Mansfield Senior HIgh School in sectional competition.