SHAKER HEIGHTS OH- They day the best teams challenge themselves. The South Range Raiders couldn’t have found a much bigger challenge than traveling over an hour to Shaker Heights to play one of the top division 2 teams in the state in the Laurel Gators. The Raiders fought hard, but eventually were outlasted by the Gators 71-52.
The Raiders found themselves down early. They trailed by as much as 13 in the first quarter. They battled back though in the second quarter. They cut the lead to five as the second quarter went on. Laurel managed to stop the run for the moment and lead 29-22 at the half. But the Raiders had momentum.
The Raiders stormed out of the gates in the third. They went on a 7-0 run and tied the game up at 29-29. Then a little later, Lexi Giles made a great pass to Gabby Lamparty, and Lamparty finished to give the Raiders their first lead of the game. With a 38-36 lead, the Raiders gave up some easy buckets to give Laurel control back, and the Gators would not give it up. They dominated the rest of the way and eventually won 71-52.
Izzy Lamparty led the Raiders with 19 points. Gabby Lamparty added 13 in a great effort. Giles was also in double figures with 10.
The Raiders will look ahead and travel to Salem on Thursday.