A Look Ahead

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Greetings Raider Nation! Despite a tough week of games for our Raiders, our matchups against Roswell and Pope gave us a glimpse of what’s ahead for Raider Nation and, trust me, the future is bright.
Our Lady Raiders took tough losses in both of their games this week. Against Roswell, the girls finished their fight with a final score of 63-72, Hornets. Junior Neusha Green dominated the paint on both the offensive and defensive glass. Junior Emily Lee was on fire from deep the entire way, finishing with 13 points and 3 shots made from beyond the arc. In their rivalry matchup against the Pope Greyhounds, the girls lost a heartbreaker, 51-52. Despite the score, the girls came back from down 13 points at the half to make it an compelling game in the closing seconds. Sophomore Jacki Hecklinski saw a breakout game, as she had 8 points with two 3 pointers. Jacki also showed great hustle plays, laying out and giving it all up for the team. Although the girls lost this weekend, they continued to display perseverance and determination to succeed. The girls have a chance to end their losing streak, with a game against North Cobb on Tuesday at 6 PM, in North Cobb. The girls need everyone to come out and support them on their quest for their first region win! 
The boys also had tough match ups, but development seemed to be the name of the game this weekend. Shooting guard David Sickles was out  with an injury, but his absence left a spot open for a few young players to make their mark. Against Roswell, the boys battled hard, losing 48-57. In his starting debut, sophomore guard Dylan Pumpian lit up the scoreboard with 18 points and four 3 pointers! Fellow sophomore guard Carson Adler also played well, with 11 points and great hustle plays, battling the giants in the paint for rebounds. In a highly intense game against crosstown rival, Pope, the boys battled hard, playing full throttle until the buzzer. Despite their hard work, the score was 64-78, Greyhounds, at the end of play. The future looked bright in this game too, as sophomore Alex Packman made his varsity debut, finishing with 3 points. What that number doesn’t tell is that the young sophomore made fantastic hustle plays, diving on the floor and battling with bigger opponents for possession of the ball. Senior Jordan Krueger also played hard, challenging the opposition with 21 points and a relentless motor. The boys certainly had some bright spots this weekend and look to bounce back on Tuesday at 7:30 PM against North Cobb, at North Cobb. We will see if the team can rally to put an end to the losing streak on Tuesday!
These weekend games showed how our young Raiders are not only working for today but also tomorrow. Let’s stand with them, Raider Nation, and show up and show out on Tuesday, starting at 6!