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Vista Ridge sweeps basketball doubleheader

Lady Rangers push winning streak to six games

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The Vista Ridge boys and girls basketball teams swept their home doubleheader on Tuesday night. 

In the first game of the two-game night, the Lady Rangers used a second-half comeback to beat Bowie 68-60 before the boys’ team stifled the Rouse offense to beat the Raiders 52-43 in the nightcap. 

“This year we’re trying to make sure every shot is a hard shot,” Vista Ridge head coach Clint Anderson said. “We probably took as many charges in this game as we did in district last year. Our offense is a little different.”

Lucas Dial led Vista Ridge with 17 points, Darius McBride added 16, and Bryant Burton chipped in with 11. 

Carter McMahan scored 13 points for Rouse. Quinlin Daily scored eight, Keaton Brown added seven and Payden Hesser scored six points. 

Both teams have a wealth of talent to replace. The Rangers lost a pair of 6-foot-6 forwards in Brandon and Quinton Taylor and starting point guard Aaron Gregg, while Rouse lost its top three scorers in Kyle Mitchell, Michael Forster, and Gavin Sharp. 

“Offensively, we had some looks that we had an opportunity to hit that didn’t fall early,” Rouse head coach Shane Krause said. “Then we started to press a little bit on offense and guys who I know are great shooters got a little tighter. Their defense had a lot to do with our offensive struggles.”

The athletic Rangers started the game strong and opened up a 17-10 first quarter lead. They extended the lead to 27-17 at halftime after a seven-point second quarter from McBride. 

Rouse started to come back early in the third quarter and cut the lead to nine points. But despite the lack of size from last season’s team, Vista Ridge’s athleticism carried the load to help the Rangers hold on for the win. 

Both teams are out of town for tournament play this weekend as the Rangers head to Bastrop for the Cedar Creek Classic and the Raiders go to Corpus Christi for the CCCA Tournament. 

In the girls’ game earlier in the night, all 12 players on the Lady Rangers’ roster recorded a point, led by sophomore Victoria Baker with 16. Chloe Chestier, A.J. Marotte, and Weade Adeleke all scored eight points while Kayli O’Riley and Jazra Williams each scored six.

O’Riley and Marotte got steals at the end of the first quarter to help extend the Vista Ridge lead to 21-17. Bowie rebounded a missed 3-pointer and converted a three-point play at the other end of the court to help take a four-point lead into the break. 

A late Vista Ridge run in the third quarter capped off by a free throw from Williams cut the lead to one point. The Lady Rangers’ defense started to take over in the fourth quarter to help boost the offense for their sixth straight win. 

Vista Ridge is next in action at the Nancy Walling Classic in Pflugerville beginning Thursday. The Lady Rangers open up district play on Dec. 8 against Lake Travis. 

“That’s a good team and I think that that team is similar to most of our district,” Vista Ridge girls’ head coach Keith Allen said. “They came at us in the third quarter and had a good run. We kind of got stagnant on offense. We talked about it at halftime that we were slowing each other down. We finally picked it up in the third quarter.”

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