By Tom Nader
Publisher and Editor
FIELD 47, SPRINGFIELD 27
Falcons sophomore Delilah Rahe had a monster game with 30 points and 15 rebounds to lead her team to a Metro Athletic Conference victory over the Spartans in the league opener for both teams.
Rahe buried 12 field goals, including a 3-pointer, and hit 5-of-9 from the free-throw line for her big scoring night.
Rahe’s 15 rebounds were part of a team effort that saw the Falcons (2-1, 1-0) out-rebound the Spartans (2-1, 0-1) 53-26.
Ally Harlin added six points and Abby Harlin had five for Field.
Springfield was led by Kendall Wilderman’s 10 points, while Destiny Ruggiero added nine points for the Spartans. Wilderman pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.
Field jumped out to a 7-5 lead after the first quarter and held an 18-11 lead at halftime.
The Falcons then outscored the Spartans 29-16 in the second half.
WATERLOO 59, WINDHAM 57
The host Vikings earned a narrow victory over the Bombers in a game that was tied 47-47 heading into the fourth quarter.
Senior Ryan Wise scored five of his seven points in the final quarter to help spark the Vikings in the final eight minutes.
Three backcourt players for the Vikings (1-0) scored in double-digits, with Anthony Podojil leading the team with 14 points, hitting on three from beyond the arc.
Waterloo also received 11 points from Jackson Eichler, who also hit three 3-pointers, while Navarre Alhassan scored 10 points for Waterloo.
Windham’s leading scorer was Zack Turk, who scored 20 points on nine made field goals. Chase Eye scored 14 points and Jack Eye added 12 points for the Bombers (0-1).
SOUTHEAST 70, GARFIELD 57
In a high-scoring output for the Pirates, only five players reached the scoring column, but when three of them hit for numbers like Garrett Sprutte, Michael Phillips and Evan Riffle did on Tuesday night, things will go well.
The trio accounted for 95 percent of Southeast’s scoring output, with Sprutte scoring 25 points, Phillips had 24 and Riffle scored 17.
Sprutte buried 10 shots from the field, while Phillips had nine made field goals and was 6-of-7 from the free-throw line.
Riffle hit eight field goals and sunk the Pirates’ lone 3-pointer of the night.
Southeast’s offense was clicking from the start, with the Pirates (1-0) claiming a 19-8 lead after the first quarter that grew to 38-21 by halftime.
Garfield (0-1) actually outscored Southeast in the second half, 36-32, but the large first-half deficit was far too much for the G-Men to overcome.
Garfield was led offensively by Aidan Hill, who had 13 points and hit three 3-pointers. Preston Gedeon joined him in double-digits with 11 points, while Vinnie Grandizio had nine points and Jackson Sommer and Carter Bates both added eight points each for the G-Men, who were hitting from long range with eight 3-pointers in the loss.
CRESTWOOD 79, SOUTHINGTON CHALKER 51
Dekota Johnson opened the season with some offensive fireworks, scorching the nets for 32 points to lead the Red Devils (1-0) to a double-digit victory over visiting Southtingon Chalker on Tuesday.
Johnson made 11 field goals, including five from long distance as the Devils made 10 3-pointers for the game.
Crestwood also received double-figure scoring from Ty Fannin and Charlie Schweickert, who both finished with 11 points, while Jimmy Peters scored 10 points for Crestwood.
After a 15-15 tie in the first quarter, Crestwood’s offense began to pull away with a 22-point second quarter that gave the Devils a 37-25 lead at the break.
A pair of 21-point quarters in both the third and fourth periods allowed the Devils to keep pulling away, outscoring Chalker 42-26 in the second half.
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