The Raiders returned home this weekend as Walton hosted region opponent Roswell and Kennesaw Mountain in a non-region contest. In two incredible games, the Raider girls split their contests this weekend.
Against the Roswell Hornets, the girls fought hard to keep the game close, making up for some early turnovers. Ultimately, it was a 3-point shot by Tomisin Adenupe with 2.8 seconds left that put the Raiders on top.
Adenupe scored 21 points, making that five games over 20. Senior Neusha Green averaged double-digit rebounds in both games this weekend. After her season ended abruptly last year due to injury, Green has started the year strong, leading the team in both rebounding and blocks. The rotation of players at the wings has been an asset for the Raiders so far, creating shots on offense and playing tight man-to-man defense. In a hard-fought physical game, the tables turned on Saturday as the Raiders lost 44-45.
Two wins this weekend bring the boys’ record to 9-2. On Friday, the Raiders beat the Hornets 69-61. The Hornets have given the Raiders trouble in the past, eliminating them from the region tournament two years ago and sweeping the season series last year. However, the Raiders were able to defeat the Hornets with team chemistry and balanced scoring. While Roswell relied heavily on two players, the Raiders were able to get three players into double figures and hit 10 three pointers as a team. Sophomore Dylan Pumpian torched the Hornets for five three pointers, swinging the momentum multiple times in favor of the Raiders. Made free throws iced the game for the Raiders in the fourth quarter. On Saturday, the Raiders defeated Kennesaw Mountain 58-49, led by Luka Avaliani’s 22 points.
In region play, the girls stand at 2-0, just behind the region leader Cherokee with a 3-0 record. With a loss to Etowah, the boys are at 1-1 in region play and also look to take Cherokee out of the region lead when they all meet on Friday, January 3 at Cherokee.
When the Raiders finish up exams on Friday, they will hit the road to take on South Forsyth. Both boys and girls will wrap up 2019 with a holiday tournament before taking on Cherokee. The Raiders next home game will be on Saturday, January 4 against Blessed Trinity. Start the New Year by showing up for your Raiders.