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Long-range assault by subs propels Raiders past Bulldogs

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

LAPEL – The Shenandoah boys basketball team utilized a long-range assault against host Lapel Friday night in The Dog Pound, and most of those shots from behind the arc did not come from its starters.

Raider freshman Kaden McCollough and junior Evan Coers came off the bench to bury a trio of three-pointers apiece to create and stretch leads, and that was a major reason why Shenandoah defeated the Bulldogs 61-53.

The Raiders won for the first time at Lapel in exactly 12 years (a 74-69 win at the old high school gym on Feb. 9, 2006) and improved to 15-4 for the season. The Bulldogs dropped to 11-9.

"This a tough environment to play in," Shenandoah Coach Dave McCollough said after the game. "I thought we battled all game. A lot of guys stepped up tonight, and that's great to see. We were patient, moved the ball, and found the open man. But it all started on the defensive end. I thought we made them (Bulldogs) earn every point they got and we held our own on the boards."

Shenandoah senior Braydin Myers was back on the floor as starting point guard after not playing in the Raiders’ win at home against Union County Feb. 3, and his stabilizing influence also helped the visitors achieve the win.

"I have a pain in my side," Myers stated. "It's still there and I have to get an MRI on it, but it felt great to get back out on the court. Kaden McCollough and Evan Coers were really hitting their shots tonight, and it's my job to get the ball to them and Chase (Kinsey) and Andrew (Bennett) and whoever else has the hot hand. This game should help get us ready for the tournament."

As expected, this game was tight early on. A Peyton Starks basket and a Myers bucket and three-pointer were countered by only a trey by the Bulldogs’ Austin Lyons, and Shenandoah had an early 7-3 lead at the 4:47 mark of the first quarter.

The Raider advantage was 10-5 after McCollough connected on his first shot from beyond the arc, but Lapel’s Luke Richardson tallied seven straight points to put the hosts on top 12-10 with 1:09 left in the opening period.

A Chase Kinsey bucket was answered by two Richardson free throws in the final minute of the frame, and the Bulldogs led 14-12 after one.

After Richardson hit a field goal 13 seconds into the second quarter, Shenandoah’s Joe Huff made a close-in basket and McCollough buried a trey to put the Raiders in front 17-16 with 6:59 left in the second period.

Cole Alexander and Bryce Carpenter hit buckets to restore a three-point lead to Lapel, but Coers drained his first three-pointer at the 5:23 mark of the quarter and McCollough followed with a trey 43 seconds later for a 23-20 Shenandoah lead, and the visitors never trailed again.

Two Kinsey free throws and a bucket plus a Jordan Starks basket hiked the visitors’ advantage to 29-22 before Caleb Bloom nailed a three-pointer for the hosts to pull them to within 29-25 with 1:57 remaining in the first half.

The Raiders ran some time off the clock, and then Myers rained down a three-pointer from behind the top of the key two seconds before the halftime horn, and Shenandoah took a 32-25 advantage to the locker room at intermission.

The Raiders shot 50 percent (12-of-24) and the Bulldogs 45 percent (9-of-20) from the field in the first half of play, and both teams were perfect from the free throw line with the limited number of chances they had.

Lapel turned the ball over seven times to Shenandoah’s six in the opening 16 minutes.

Three-pointers from the Raiders’ Andrew Bennett and Kinsey plus a Peyton Starks bucket more than offset a Richardson basket and Preston Scott charity toss to open the third quarter, and Shenandoah had a 40-28 lead at the 5:55 mark of the period.

The Bulldogs scored the next four points to pull back to within eight points at 40-32, but Peyton Starks swished a pair of free throws and McCollough hit a two-point basket to restore the 12-point lead to 44-32 with 3:20 left in the quarter.

Scott made a bucket and Richardson two charity tosses to trim the Shenandoah lead to 44-36 with 2:18 remaining in the frame. The Raiders milked most of the rest of the time left in the stanza, and that was the score after three.

Neither team shot particularly well in the third period, as Shenandoah was 4-for-12 from the field and Lapel 4-of-11.

Coers opened the fourth quarter by canning consecutive three-pointers at the 7;37 and 6;56 marks of the period to extend the Shenandoah advantage to its largest of the night at 50-36.

No one scored for a period of time and the Raiders called timeout with 5:32 left in the contest. The plan for the visitors appeared to be to take care of the ball, take time off the clock, and settle for only uncontested shots near the basket.

"We were concerned about Richardson," Coach McCollough explained, "and we've seen Lyons score in bunches before. It was great we got a nice lead there at the start of the fourth quarter, but we felt no lead was too big against that group."

The hosts upped their defensive intensity after play resumed and were able to whittle the Shenandoah lead down to six points at 59-53, but there were just 16.7 seconds remaining in the contest by that time.

The Raiders were just 5-for-10 from the charity stripe in the final stanza, but Huff managed to convert a pair of freebies with 14.7 seconds left to account for the final score.

Lyons tallied 10 points for the Bulldogs in the final frame to lead the comeback attempt for the hosts.

Each team committed just 10 turnovers in the game. Lapel won the rebounding battle 29-24.

For the game, Shenandoah shot 21-of-43 from the floor (48.8 percent) and 9-of-14 from the free throw line (64.3 percent). The Bulldogs hit 40 percent from the floor (20-of-50) and 72.7 percent (6-of-11) from the charity stripe.

The Raiders were really well-balanced in scoring. McCollough led with 11 points, followed by Myers and Peyton Starks with 10 apiece, Kinsey and Coers with nine each, and Huff seven. Jordan Starks and Myers grabbed four rebounds apiece.

"As coaches, we really like to see balanced scoring," Coach McCollough added. "If we have that, that means we have several guys who can put the ball in the bucket and the other team can't concentrate defending just one or two of our guys. We hope to take the momentum of this game forward into the final two weeks of the season into the tournament."

For Lapel, Richardson scored a game-high 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and Lyons had 13 points and a game-high eight boards. Alexander corralled four caroms.

Shenandoah also won the junior varsity contest 43-40. Jackson Campbell scored 19 points and Gavin Patrick nine to lead the Raiders, while Gage White tallied 15 points and Chris Mottweiler 10 to lead the Bulldogs.

Shenandoah travels to Union (Modoc) Tuesday for a varsity-only game at 6:30 p.m.

Shenandoah 61, Lapel 53


Kinsey 3-9 2-3 9, J. Starks 1-4 0-0 2, Bennett 1-3 0-0 3, Myers 3-9 2-2 10, P. Starks 4-4 2-3 10, Huff 2-5 3-6 7, McCollough 4-6 0-0 11, Frost 0-0 0-0 0, Coers 3-3 0-0 9. Totals 21-43 9-14 61.

LAPEL (53)

Huber 0-4 0-0 0, Lyons 5-14 0-0 13, Bloom 2-6 1-1 6, Scott 2-6 1-2 5, Richardson 6-12 6-6 19. Ratzlaff 2-5 0-0 4, Alexander 2-2 0-2 4, Carpenter 1-1 0-0 2, Frazier 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-50 8-11 53.



3-point goals – Shenandoah 10 (McCollough 3, Coers 3, Myers 2, Kinsey, Bennett), Lapel 5 (Lyons 3, Bloom, Richardson). Rebounds – Shenandoah 24 (J. Starks 4, Myers 4), Lapel 29 (Lyons 8, Richardson 7, Alexander 4). Total fouls – Shenandoah 12, Lapel 17. Turnovers – Shenandoah 10, Lapel 10. JV score – Shenandoah 43. Lapel 40. Records – Shenandoah 15-4, Lapel 11-9.