The Portland Lady Raider basketball team hosted the Greyhounds of Eaton Rapids on Friday night in a battle of one loss teams. Both teams were 8-1 on the season entering the game and were tied for first place in the CAAC White division.
With some extremely aggressive defense, along with four players scoring in double digits, the Lady Raiders controlled the game from start to finish, and earned a 50-23 home court win.
Portland’s Ashley Bower led all scorers with 16 points. Alivia Densmore and Breckyn Werner each scored 11 points for the Lady Raiders. Ava Guilford scored 10 points while Ava Gruber added two points.
Serenity Horton and Peyton Benjamin both led the Greyhounds with six points apiece.
Score by quarter:
1st – 2nd – 3rd – 4th – Final
Portland 13 – 15 – 13 – 19 – 50
ER 9 – 2 – 4 – 8 – 23
After the game, Portland head coach Jason Haid said, “Defensive pressure. We wanted to take them out of everything they wanted to do. That was our focus. We knew if we played good defense and we kept ourselves in the game, then the offense would come. We have been hanging our hat on defense all year. We held another good team to one of their lowest point totals all year. Our pressure was relentless. We had some great pressure on the ball all night and it just frustrated the heck out of them. And once again we just shared the ball. This team is so unselfish. Good things will continue to happen to us if we continue working hard and playing together.
With the win, the Raiders move to 9-1 and take sole ownership of the top spot ion the CAAC White division. Next week they host Olivet (4-5) on Tuesday before traveling to Charlotte (4-4) on Friday.