SV boys' and girls' basketball stiffed by MacArthur's offense and defense
Both the Smithson Valley boys' and girls' basketball teams found a stiff SA MacArthur defense and offense way too much to handle Friday evening, as both squads went down in defeat. The boys dropped a close, 59-50, match, and the girls lost, 58-36, to MacArthur in crucial 26-5A encounters.
In the first contest, MacArthur, who is currently ranked no. 4, in the Alamo City Cage polls, wasted little time to crankup its powerful offense. Its supreme (21-4) overall mark and its (2-1) conference clip was never in doubt of being demolished as the streamline shooting by Mac ace, Jason Wagner, burned the nets for 26 hoops.
Down by only six buckets at the half,27-21, the Rangers went to work in the second half but still couldn't find the vital range to lock up the game. Nick Metzger had another big game for the Rangers netting 18 points.
The Rangers (0-2) are still looking for their first-loop win and will visit SA Lee this Friday and will travel to SA Madison next Tuesday.
Last Tuesday the Rangers lost, 58-43, to no. 2 Judson in a game that saw all-district gem, Wes Brown trounce the nets for 20 hoops and 12 rebounds. Metzger pumped in 12, while Chris Deuel claimed 10.
The Lady Brahmas took control from the opening tip-off to the final buzzer. But at halftime, when the scoreboard stood at, 25-10, in favor of MacArthur, some keen outside shooting quickly stamped a, 58-36, loss to the Lady Rangers in 26-5A shoot-off.
The Lady Rangers missed numerous key shots in the first and second halves, and the contest never really came to a stumbling block for Mac.
Kate Wright threw-in 21 for Mac and Mallory Craig netted 11 for the Lady Rangers.
Last Tuesday, the Lady Rangers lost, 46-20, to no. 8 Judson, also in a contest that was never in question. Craig donated 12 for the home team and Ashlee Roberson claimed 12 for Judson.
The Lady Rangers (0-5) will now face SA Lee this Friday and meet SA Madison next Tuesday.
Both the SV boys and girls demonstrated good values on the hardwood floor against MacArthur, but Mac is no walk in the park. They hold a high ranking and play smart. They know how to make their offense roar. However, keep in mind that we have a young Ranger team and time will only tell when things will finally gel. The biggest asset is a constant team effort!