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By Mike Motz
Sidney Sun-Telegraph 

Sidney Girls Earn Two Wins

 

December 12, 2018

Mike Motz

Janay Brauer and MJ Johnstone and the Lady Raiders defense shut down the Sterling Lady Tigers during Saturday's game in Sidney.

Sidney's Lady Raider basketball team earned back-to-back victories on Friday and Saturday to improve their record to 4-and-1 in the early stages of the season. Sidney first traveled to Imperial on Friday to take on the Chase County Lady Longhorns in a non-league matchup.

The scoring started slowly, with both team's defenses applying pressure which resulted in a low scoring first quarter that ended with Sidney in the lead, 7-to-3. Both teams opened up their offenses in the second quarter, trading scores with Sidney leading by halftime, 19-to-16.

Sidney jumped out fast in the third quarter and was able to score consecutive points while shutting down the Lady Longhorns offense, and by the end of the period pulled away and led by a score of 40-to-29. Sidney continued to smother the Lady Longhorn's offense in the fourth quarter, limiting Chase County to only seven points for a 55-to-36 victory.

Sidney head coach Tyler Shaw commented on the victory, saying, "We played good defense and were able to string together some baskets in the second half and build up a decent lead."

Junior Mattie Johnson led the Lady Raiders with 21 points, while junior Nicole Birner scored eight. Seniors Janay Brauer and Katelyn Sylvester each had seven points in the victory.

Sidney next hosted Sterling, Colo., on Saturday, and their defense was firing on all cylinders against the Lady Tigers, racking up a lopsided 77-to-26 victory Saturday night. The girls jumped out to an early 8-to-0 led, fueled by three pointers by seniors Katelyn Sylvester and Megan Ross. The aggressive press defense of the Lady Raiders had the Lady Tigers fighting to get the ball past half court, causing turnovers and bad passes while the Sidney girls opened up a 14-to-8 lead midway through the first period.

"The defense really played outstanding, sparking our offense leading to some easy baskets for us", said Shaw.

As the game progressed the Red Raiders stymied Sterling's attempts to beat the press, while Sidney's offense piled up points on easy buckets and long-range bombs., resulting in a Sidney 48-to-16 halftime lead. Sidney started the second half with an 8-to-0 run, but the Lady Tigers were able to respond with five points of their own in an attempted comeback. Sidney again clamped down on defense, and the offense started to roll, putting up easy baskets while Birner, Sylvester, senior Megan Ross, and senior Macie Rolls all hit three-pointers to rack up a 68-to-21 lead by the end of the third period.

"After the defense took control, we shot the ball really well", said Shaw.

After the mercy rule was implemented that kept the clock going, Sidney was able to manage another nine points in the fourth quarter to put their stamp on a dominating 77-to-26 victory. Sidney's defense was the big difference maker in the game, forcing Sterling into turnovers and poor shots, while the Lady Raiders were able to execute offensively with a big lead.

Ross led the scoring for Sidney with 17 points, with five three-pointers, while Birner had 12 points and sophomore Karly Sylvester tallied ten points in the victory. The Lady Raiders next host Fort Morgan, Colo. on Friday.

 

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