The Girls District 6 Semi-Finals tip-off today at “The Pit”. The action is about to pick up folks, as all four teams look to gain that all important District Championship. District 6 will be facing District 8 next week at the Regional Tournament. So seeding out of this tournament is important.
Third game of the day is the #2 Rye Thunderbolts and the #3 Fowler Lady Grizzlies. Both teams won their respective Quarter-Finals on Tuesday to advance to the semis. Each team looks to improve on their victories and advance to the all important District Championship, loser plays for third tomorrow afternoon. Rye comes into the match-up the #2 overall seed, they come in with a 16-4 overall record and a 15-1 Santa Fe League record. Fowler comes in with the #3 seed with a 13-7 overall record and a 12-4 Santa Fe League record.
The two teams have met two times this year with Rye taking both games over the Grizzlies. They first met on January 23rd, in Rye. The Lady Thunderbolts took the victory by a score of 38-19. Rye got off to an early start, and took a 10-3 lead into the second. Same story in the second as Rye scored 12 points to the Grizzlies 7. This gave Rye a 22-10 halftime lead. For people that know, when you are down to Rye at half when you’re playing in Rye, its always a tough comeback. Fowler came out of the half slow, only scoring 2 points in the third period while Rye score 10. The Thunderbolts took a huge 32-12 lead into the final period of play. Fowler did outscore the Thunderbolts in the fourth but it wasn’t enough. Rye took the 39-19 victory. Leading scorers for the game were: Lexi VanSickle of Fowler with 7 points, and Laura Ambler of Rye with 12 points.
The second meeting between these two teams came two weeks ago on February 13th, this time in Fowler. It was much of the same from the Lady Thunderbolts as they took a 44-24 victory and swept the season series. Rye once again got out to the early lead and never relinquished it. Fowler was only able to manage to score 2 points in the first, while Rye scored 8. A high scoring 2nd quarter from the Thunderbolts gave them the halftime lead 22-7. The third and fourth quarters were much closer, but in the end Rye came out with the victory. This win helped the Thunderbolts on their way to becoming Santa Fe League Runner-Ups and receiving the #2 seed in the Tournament. Leading scorers for the game were: Taylor Benedict of Rye with 14 points, and Elizabeth Hagerman of Fowler with 6 points
Look for the game to be close as both teams attempt to improve their season and get the one win that could solidify it. A win and you play for a District Championship tomorrow evening, lose and you play for 3rd. Whether you win or lose each team will advance to the Regional Tournament next weekend, its just a matter of what seed you will have going in, and who you will be playing.
Players to Watch For:
Rye–Laura Ambler & Jerusha Pitzer
Fowler–Lexi VanSickle & Teyah Shiffer
See you at “The Pit”!