Lady Raiders Win Canton Tournament
Wilson named MVP; Eaton, Roberts, Snowden selected to All-Tournament teams
The Lomega Raiders and Lady Raiders traveled to Canton last week for the week-long Canton Tournament.
Both teams started the tournament off with wins. Blake Snowden scored 17 of his game-high 24 points in the first quarter against Okeene, as the Raiders took a 40-21 lead into halftime. The Raiders shut down the Whippets in the second half, outscoring them 37-10 on their way to a 77-31 victory. Noah Snowden scored 17 for the Raiders, while Dilon Fisher added 14 and Riley Lumpkin scored 12. After defeating Cimarron 88-49 less than a month earlier, the Lady Trail Blazers put up more of a fight in the first round Monday. The injury-plagued Lady Raiders were able to hold off the Lady Blazers 56-45. Ady Wilson led the way for the Lady Raiders with 23 points. Hallie Barton (10), Darcy Roberts (9), Hensley Eaton (7), Shelby Russell (4) and Sophie VanDenDriessche (3) also scored.
The Raiders moved on to face Hydro-Eakley, ranked #5 in Class A, in the semi-finals on Friday. Lomega, without starter Blake Snowden, who suffered a foot injury in the first round against Okeene, trailed the Bobcats 19-7 after the first quarter. After closing the gap to 8 by halftime, the Raiders never got any closer, falling 66-48 to the Bobcats (who would eventually fall to Calumet 63-57 in the championship) and moving on to the 3rd place game. Noah Snowden lead the way for the Raiders with 15 points. Riley Lumpkin (13), Dilon Fisher (11), Tate Ott (6) and Hector Rivera (3) also scored.
The Lady Raiders faced Fairview, ranked #10 in Class 2A, in the semi-finals. With four players out with injuries, all of whom either start or contribute significant playing time, the Lady Raiders were able to hold off the Lady Jackets 52-46 and advance to the championship. Darcy Roberts (17), Ady Wilson (13) and Hensley Eaton (10) all scored in double figures for the Lady Raiders, with Shelby Russell, Reagan Ramer and Sophie VanDenDriessche each adding four points.
In the Third Place Game on Saturday, the Raiders led Canton 41-32 after three quarters. The Tigers started the fourth quarter with a 19-0 run and were able to hold off a late rally by the Raiders on their way to a 53-47 victory. Noah Snowden scored 17 of his game high 26 in the first half. Dilon Fisher and Riley Lumpkin each added nine for the Raiders, while Tate Ott scored three.
The Lady Raiders went into Saturday's Championship looking for revenge against Calumet, who had defeated Lomega 47-44 on November 19 at Lomega. After holding the Lady Raiders without a field goal in the second quarter, the Lady Chieftains led 21-16 at halftime. The Lady Raiders came out in the second half and returned the favor, outscoring Calumet 15-2 in the third quarter and 16-9 in the fourth en route to a 47-32 victory. The Lady Raiders again had three players score in double figures, with Ady Wilson leading the way with 14 and Shelby Russell and Reagan Ramer each scoring 10. Darcy Roberts added seven and Hensley Eaton and Sophie VanDenDriessche each scored three.
Four Raiders Receive All-Tournament Honors
Coaches from each of the eight tournament teams voted for the All-Tournament teams, which were announced after the conclusion of the boys championship game on Saturday.
Adysen Wilson was named the Tournament Most Valuable Player. Darcy Roberts and Hensley Eaton were also named to the Girls All-Tournament Team. Noah Snowden represented the Raiders on the Boys All-Tournament Team.