Ridge View boys season comes to an end

Monday, February 18, 2019
Ridge View senior Jake Kliegl goes up hard to the bucket on Friday night against River Valley. Kliegl had 17 points, but it was not enough as the Raptors bowed to the Wolverines, 52-38 to bring their year to a close.
Photo by Craig Shultz

SIOUX RAPIDS - Sometimes a little bit of bad luck can change the momentum in the game. Ridge View was up early against River Valley on Friday night before senior Jake Tokheim came down awkwardly on an ankle. The momentum swung towards River Valley as the Raptors were unable to regroup in a 52-38 loss to end their year.

“We started off the game like we wanted to but then Tokheim injured his ankle bad. After that it was a back and forth battle in the first half,” RV Coach Mike Smith said.

The Raptors were up 8-4 when Tokheim left the court, River Valley taking advantage to end the frame on a 7-2 run, 11-10 the score going to the second frame. The two teams traded buckets back and forth through the second quarter, but River Valley hit a three at the buzzer to hold a 26-24 score at the break.

The Wolverines continued their run with the first six points of the second half, prompting a timeout from Coach Smith. Over the next five minutes, Ridge View held River Valley scoreless but the Raptors could not take advantage of their defense, down by five going to the final stanza, 35-30. River Valley began to hit their shots again in the final eight minutes and slowly pulled away from Ridge View.

“They shot the ball better than us in the second half. Every time we tried to make a run and get a stop, they would hit a dagger three-pointer,” Smith said. “They shot the ball well from the three-point line. It was a tough night but I am proud that our players left it on the court.”

Raptor senior Jake Kliegl led the way with 14 points and six rebounds. Tokheim managed to score 10 points and had four steals. Sophomore Caleb Kistenmacher had eight points and three assists.

Ridge View went 17-of-46 from the floor and hit just one three-pointer. They had 20 rebounds, eight assists and eight steals.

“I am extremely proud of our seniors. It has been my pleasure coaching them for the last four years,” Smith said. “They have represented our school and our program well. We can’t wait to get back on the court again and improve on things for next year.”

Ridge View ends the season with a 7-15 record. They bid farewell to six seniors: Kevin McGuire, Logan Cuthrell, Brant Price, Austin Degen, Jacob Tokheim and Jake Kliegl.

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