Posted 2/09/16 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
The Ray girls’ basketball team (9-10, 6-6 District 16) will be the No. 5 seed in the District 16 girls’ basketball tournament, which runs from this Thursday through Saturday.
As the No. 5 seed, Ray will face fourth-seeded Divide County on Thursday at 4 p.m. in a first-round matchup. The winner of that game will advance to play top-seeded Stanley on Friday at 5:45 p.m. in the semifinals, while the loser plays Saturday.
Kenmare High School will play host to the tournament.
Ray falls in OT
Ray fell 58-55 in overtime to Trenton-Trinity Christian on Thursday at Ray High School.
Five points from senior Madysen Houle in the final two minutes of regulation erased what was a five-point Tiger deficit.
“We played well,” Jays head coach Matt Ray said. “They’re a good team, and we held them to what I thought was a low score.”
Junior Marissa Veach finished the game with 18 points, going 8 of 14 from the field and 2 of 4 from the free throw line. Junior Maari Dolan scored 16 points. Junior Kelsey Perdue scored 13 points.
Trenton’s Maycie Brunelle scored a game-high 28 points, going 10 of 16 from the field.
Ray was 19 of 57 from the field (33 percent), while Trenton went 23 of 58 (39 percent). The Jays were 13 of 22 (59 percent) from the free-throw line, while Trenton was 11 of 15 (73 percent). Trenton’s Brunelle was 8 of 9 from the free-throw line.
Ray took a 17-8 lead in the first quarter with Veach and Dolan respectively scoring nine and eight points, combining to go 6 for 11 from the field.
“We took good shots,” Ray said. “We’ve got to have everybody score, and they did.”
Brunelle finished the second quarter with 10 points to send the Tigers into the break trailing 27-26.
The Tigers opened the third quarter on a 13-4 run to lead 39-31 with 3:59 left in the period. A basket from Perdue, a free throw from Veach and a 3-pointer from Allison Ziebarth narrowed the gap to two, 39-37, with 2:34 remaining in the third quarter. A layup from Veach tied the game, 39-39, heading into the fourth quarter.
With the game later tied 45-45, the Jays scored five unanswered points to lead 50-45 with 1:52 left in the game. A free throw from Houle snapped a nearly three-minute scoreless stretch. She added a basket to make it a two-point deficit, 50-48, with 51 seconds remaining, and a pair of free throws with three seconds remaining sent the game to overtime.
Ray’s offense turned over the ball in its first three possessions of overtime, and Trenton went up 56-53 with 33 seconds to go. Hayden Slikker hit what was very nearly a 3-pointer with eight seconds remaining, but her foot was on the line. Ray had to commit an immediate foul, and the Tigers made both free throws on the opposite end. Veach threw up an unsuccessful 3-point attempt right before the buzzer.
Jays trump MLS
The Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood Mavericks jumped out to an early advantage Feb. 2 inside Ray High School, but the Jays battled back and grabbed the victory, 37-35.
MLS built a six-point advantage, 20-14, at the break before Ray outscored the Mavericks 15-6 in the fourth quarter for the victory.
Veach finished with a game-high 12 points. Dolan scored 11 points. Perdue finished with five points and knocked down the winning basket.
Macy Feland led MLS with seven points.
Trenton-Trinity Christian 58, Ray 55
1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT
Trenton 8 18 13 11 8
Ray 17 10 12 11 5
Trenton-Trinity Christian: Maycie Brunelle 28, Madysen Houle 19, Lakota Loomis 7, Kaity Hove 2, Emilee Falcon 2.
Ray: Marissa Veach 18, Maari Dolan 16, Kelsey Perdue 13, Allison Ziebarth 5, Hayden Slikker 2, Abby Hickel 1.
Ray 37, Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 35
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
MLS 11 9 9 6
Ray 11 3 8 15
Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood: Macy Feland 7, Jennah Haygood 6, Janie Savelkoul 6, Jorie Holsten 4, Kylie McLain 3, Allison Voigt 3, Calli Brackenbury 2, Delaine Hanson 2, Leah Feland 2.
Ray: Marissa Veach 12, Maari Dolan 11, Kelsey Purdue 5, Hayden Slikker 4, Allison Ziebarth 3, Lindsey Beech 2.
District 16 Standings
W L W L
Stanley 12 0 14 5
Powers Lake 8 4 9 8
Kenmare 7 5 6 11
Divide County 7 5 9 10
Ray 6 6 9 10
Burke County 2 9 3 14
Tioga 0 12 3 16