Basketball has tipped off for the Raiders! Raider Nation got its first view of the Raider varsity girls and boys on Thursday night in a scrimmage against the Pope Greyhounds.
With a final score of 46-57, the Raider girls battled hard against the Greyhounds. Junior Tomisin Adenupe, recently committed to Davidson College, led the Lady Raiders with 19 points. After being primarily an inside scorer for first two years, Tomisin demonstrated offensive versatility in this game. In preparation for this year, Adenupe spent hours in the gym, and it looks to have paid off so far. She attempted and made four foul shots and
made multiple passes to the inside when the defense started to contest her shot. Sophomore forward Liz Williams ended the scrimmage with 10 points for the Raiders and is one of the players Coach Kelterborn is counting on this year. After graduating multiple wing players, Liz will be asked to play a big role for the Raiders. Liz had double digit starts last year for the Raiders and had some very memorable performances in region play. Another wing to look for is sophomore swing player Lauren Tiffin. Lauren dressed for the second half of the year for the varsity team and played well in the scrimmage. One of Tiffin’s assets is her exceptional court vision which could earn her valuable minutes this year. Multiple times she kept the Pope defense off balance by swinging the ball around the perimeter and assisted by passing to the bigs inside the paint. The Raider girls will open their season Tuesday at 6:00 at home vs. Riverwood High School.
The boys also fought hard against the Greyhounds with a final score of 44-57. Junior point guard Luka Avaliani scored 10 points in the loss. As significant as his scoring, Luka set up his teammates often with strong drives to the basket where he then passed out to an open shooter beyond the arc. Fresh off a summer in which he played for the Georgian National team and averaged 15 points, Avaliani says that he expects “to help lead my team this year and be able to bring a region championship back to Walton.” One emphasis this year so far for the team has been to feed the ball inside to senior big man Cole Morris. Cole will come into this season as one of the key players on the team and recently said at the Georgia basketball media day, “this season I want to make big strides on the court. I want to help my team out in any way I can, whether that be crashing the boards, playing defense, or scoring in the paint on offense.” Cole managed to secure a double double in the loss and was able to bring in many offensive rebounds over Pope’s big men. The boys will open their season on Thursday vs. the Osborne Cardinals at 7:30 in the Pit.