White’s 27 points leads River Ridge past visiting Hornets

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River Ridge sophomore Skylar White is a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court. She is pictured here battling Wauzeka-Steuben’s Jordan Mormann for the rebound in non-conference action Thursday. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The ball popped up as the two teams scrambled for the ball as River Ridge hosted Wauzeka-Steuben Thursday night in Patch Grove. Pictured (from left) are Allison Oswald, Erin Krachey (25), Skylar White, Rachael Herrick, Jordan Mormann and McKenzie Graf.

River Ridge’s Maria Breuer passes from the inside back out of the lane.

Faith Schier brings the ball down the court.

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Nellie Groom (left) and Haley Atkinson fight with Timberwolf standout Skylar White for a rebound.

Ella Sander fights for the rebound.

McKenzie Graf shoots from outside the 3-point line.

Erin Krachey surveys under the hoop for Wauzeka-Steuben, as Skylar White comes up quick.

Hornet Ella Sander sweeps the ball to her side, looking for the pass, as River Ridge’s Rachael Herrick comes up on defense.

By Correne Martin

Sophomore Skylar White had a big first night for the River Ridge girls’ basketball team. With 27 points, she fronted the Timberwolves’ performance on their home court in a non-conference showing against Wauzeka-Steuben.

White’s efforts in addition to her teammates’ contributions added up to the win, 53-37.

“The first half, we got some good looks back and forth out of their zone,” River Ridge coach Caron Townsend commented. “But the second half, we got a little tired. Skylar had two or three steals right off the bat in the second half and that grabbed the momentum for us but we gave up 20 points in that half.”

Townsend said her girls need to get in shape so they don’t have such a second-half drop as the season continues.

Adding to White’s points on the board, River Ridge’s Maria Breuer posted 12 points for the night.

Townsend felt Wauzeka-Steuben was a physical, scrappy team. Ravyn Krachey ended the contest with 10 points.

“We had a tough time with her,” Townsend said. “She really went straight to the basket.”

Also, Erin Krachey contributed eight points for the Hornets’ offense.

This was the second loss for Wauzeka-Steuben. They will take on Highland next at home Monday, Nov. 20.

River Ridge faces its second non-conference competitor on Tuesday, Nov. 21, on the road, when the girls take on the Fennimore Golden Eagles.

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