Raiders roll to win over Warwick, 84-44

Jan. 9—RICHARDTON — Generally, when a team has four players in double-figures they have a solid chance at victory, and Richardton-Taylor's Raiders improved to an even-.500 with a resounding 84-44 win over Warwick at home on Monday, Jan. 8 by doing just-that. It's a second-consecutive victory for the Raiders, who now stand at 5-5 on the 2023-24 season.

The game was never in doubt as RTHS locked down on the District 4 Warriors (1-8) and held them to a remarkable 3 points in the first quarter, while taking a 19-point lead on 4 points from up-and-coming junior guard AshLynn Christensen and forward Kiera Kitzan, with 6 from Chesney Gjermundson, which included a 3-pointer.

It was more of the same as the teams headed into the break, with the Raiders extending their lead on 18 second-quarter points and holding a 40-16 advantage at the half with nearly as many points as they would need on the night. Junior forward Jenna Schutt was steady at the free-throw line, shooting 5-of-8 in the first half, while Christensen added 5 more to her team-high 18.

Richardton-Taylor came racing out of the gate after the teams hit the floor after halftime, breaking loose for 24 points and never looking back the rest of the way. Junior forward Mariska Krank poured in 8 of her 13 points in the third period to end up in double-digits along with a shot from behind the arc for Christensen.

Guard Evelyn Kuntz scored 7 points in the final frame to wind up with 9, while Schutt scored 7 in the second half to finish off in double-digits with 12 and Kitzan dropped in 4 in the second half for 12 total.

Next-up for Richardton-Taylor will be a Tuesday, Jan. 9 home game versus Glen Ullin-Hebron in Division B/Region 3-District 5 action, which will be followed up by a district road game at Solen on Jan. 11.

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