Posted 12/22/15 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
The Ray girls’ basketball team came back from an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit, but Powers Lake reclaimed the lead with 37 seconds remaining in a 57-54 win Saturday afternoon at Ray High School.
It was the Ranchers’ second win of the week after losing to Ray seven days earlier. Both teams are now 3-3 so far.
“Our girls battled and never gave up,” Jays head coach Matt Ray said. “That’s a good trademark to have, so I like that.”
A 13-4 run late in the game, capped off with a 3-pointer from Maari Dolan at the 1:48 mark, gave Ray its first lead (52-51) since the 5:01 mark of the third quarter.
The two teams traded baskets on consecutive trips down the floor for a 54-53 score, but Grace Hove broke through for Powers Lake with a layup with 37 seconds left, then she and Brianna Honrud each hit a free throw for the final margin.
Ray junior Marissa Veach set the game-high in points (21).
“Marissa’s sick today, and we didn’t know if we were going to play her,” Ray said, “and she came out and battled the whole game.”
Dolan was the other Jay in double-digit points, with 20.
Powers Lake grabbed an early 10-point lead after a stretch in which Ray missed eight of 10 shots. The Jays put together a 14-5 to take a 28-27 deficit into halftime.
Divide County and Burke County come to Ray on consecutive nights Jan. 7 and 8.