Panther boys bow to balanced RV attack
SCHALLER - Eleven different players got their name in the scorebook on Monday night for Ridge View when they hosted St. Mary’s. The Panthers tried to keep up with the Raptors, but were unable, and bowed in a 71-47 decision.
“The boys played pretty well tonight. We were active on defense and were making shots on offense. The boys are playing together and are focused in on what we need to do,” RV Coach Mike Smith said. “We shot well from inside and around the three-point line. We were making the extra pass to find the open man.”
Ridge View got going early in the first quarter and claimed the advantage, never relenting the lead against St. Mary’s. The Raptors were up by six after the opening period, 17-11. The Panther offense disappeared in the second quarter, Ridge View outscoring them by 13 points to extend their lead to 19 at the break, 35-16.
St. Mary’s attempted to battle back in the third with a 12-0 run, but they still trailed by 14 going to the final quarter, 47-33. Ridge View’s offense kicked into high octane with a 24 point effort to take a 24-point win over St. Mary’s.
“We played with a lot of effort tonight and we kept attacking. I like how our zone defense is playing and the way we are finding shooters,” Smith said. “It was a great game from everyone I like where we are heading.”
RV senior Jacob Tokheim had the team high with 17 points to go along with six rebounds. Sophomore Caleb Kistenmacher also hit double-figures with 11 points and had six steals. Senior Austin Degen chipped in with eight points, five assists and three steals. Senior Jake Kliegl had seven points and eight rebounds.
Ridge View went 24-of-47 from the floor and 6-of-19 from behind the three-point line. They went 17-of-29 from the free throw line. The Raptors collected 33 rebounds, 14 assists, 11 steals and three blocks.
“I can’t knock their effort, the boys give 100 percent every game and they keep their heads up,” SM Coach Kennedy Drey said. “It always seems like we have that one quarter where the other team goes on a run. We played well for three quarters.”
St. Mary’s was led by senior Jake Heitman’s game high 19 points. He also had eight rebounds and four steals. Senior Alex Merten had 11 points, while senior Dawson Miller had 10 points, four rebounds and five assists.
“Our run in the third cam from trusting teammates. We forced some shots in the first half, and in the third quarter we got to the middle of the floor and moved the ball,” Drey said. “We got some easy shots, some layups. I’d like to see that the entire game.”
The Panthers went 15-of-45 from the floor and 8-of-22 from the behind the arc. They connected on 9-of-13 at the free throw line. St. Mary’s had 19 rebounds, six assists and six steals.
“Our defense is lacking. There were three or four times last night where we were late, and I told them if they get there faster, it’s a charge instead of free throws,” Drey said. “I’d like to see more of the way we played during that run on offense. Pass up a good shot for a better shot.”
Ridge View improves to 7-13 on the year. They host 12-7 Newell-Fonda on Friday night in their regular season finale. St. Mary’s falls to 1-17. The Panthers welcomed in 5-11 West Bend-Mallard on Tuesday night, and then head to 15-5 East Sac County on Friday to conclude the regular season.