The Central A&M Raider girls basketball team had a rough start this season without post player Channing Reed. However, they finished the Pana Thanksgiving Tourney strong.

A&M beat Okaw Valley in a pool play crossover match on Friday, 52-18. They then knocked off Athens in the 5th place game on Saturday, 51-30. Reed led A&M against Okaw Valley with 15 points and had 10 points against Athens.

The Raiders charged out to a 15-4 lead over Okaw Valley in the first 8:00. Reed was fouled and made two free throws. She then scored twice and was fouled again, making 1-of-2 foul shots for 7 points. Lanie Sams and Mikayla Denton sank solo treys and McKenna Denton had a deuce.

Okaw Valley only got solo twos from Kate Jeffers and Bailey Bennett and trailed by 11 points.

A&M slowed a bit, but still went on an 11-2 run in the 2nd. Reed scored two more times and split a pair at the line. McKenna Denton scored twice and Sams made two foul shots. The only Timberwolf to score was Shyanne Harding. A&M was up by 20 at the break, 26-6.

The 3rd period went to the T’Wolves, 11-8. Jeffers broke free and after making1-of-2 at the line, scored three times from the floor. Avery Bruns scored and Mia Harris scored.

Julia Braundmeier cashed in an A&M 3 and Mikayla Denton scored a two. Reed made 1-of-2 foul shots and a deuce. A&M still led by 17 heading to the 4th, doubling up Okaw, 34-17.

In crunch time, A&M crunched Okaw, 18-1. Five Raiders scored. Emma Beck converted a 3-point play and then a two. McKenna Denton scored twice. Hannah Schinzler got on the board with a trey.

Braundmeier had a two and 1-of-2 foul shooting. Sams also made 1-of-2 at the line and a deuce. The only Okaw player to score late was Kate Jeffers, making 1-of-2 free throws.

Reed led A&M with 15 points in just 3 quarters, five from the floor and five from the line. McKenna Denton followed with 10 points on 5 buckets. Sams scored 8 points with a trey and 3-of-4 free throw shooting. Braundmeier also had a deuce and a trey and a throw for 6 points.

Jeffers led Okaw Valley with 10 points. No one else had more than two points.

Friday

Central A&M 52, Okaw Valley 18

Okaw 4-2-11-1--18

C-AM 15-11-8-18--52

CAM stats: Reed 15 (5 FGs, 5/8 FTs), Mc Denton 10 (5 FGs, 0/1 FTs), Sams 8 (1-2, 1-3 pt FGs, 3/4 FTs), Braundmeier 6 (1-2, 1-3 pt FGs, 1/2 FTs0, Beck 5 (2 FGs, 1/1 FTs), Mi Denton 5 (1-2, 1-3 pt FGs), Schinzler 3 (FG). Team FGs 19. 3-Pointers: 4 (Sams, Braundmeier, Schinzler, Mi Denton). Team FTs 10-of-16.

Okaw stats: Jeffers 10 (4 FGs, 2/4 FTs), Harris 2 (FG), Harding 2 (FG), Bennett 2 (FG), Bruns 2 (FG). Team FGs 8. Team FTs 2-of-4.

In the 5th place game, A&M got another early lead, let up a bit then poured it on.

A&M opened with an 11-4 run. Reed scored then made two free throws. Mikayla Denton splashed a 3, Sams scored and Schinzler made two free throws. Athens got a solo 3 and just 1-of-6 foul shooting to start the game down by 7.

Athens pushed back with a 10-7 run in the 2nd. They had two buckets from Morgan, one from Bryant, one from Purchis, and two free throws from Cronister. But again, they were just 2-of-7 from the stripe in the period, 3-of-13 in the 1st half. A&M still led by four at the break, 18-14.

A&M raided Athens in the 3rd, 21-9. Six Raiders scored. Mikayla Denton made a trey and a 3-point play. Schinzler had a trey and a deuce. Sams hit from distance. McKenna Denton scored and Victoria Billups scored. Reed had a free throw and a deuce.

Athens finally made free throws in the 3rd, 6-of-6 from Cronister. She then converted a 3-point play for all 9 of their points. A&M was up 16 heading to the 4th, 39-23.

Athens couldn’t cut the lead in the 4th. A&M secured the win with a 12-7 run. Mikayla Denton scored twice and then made two free throws. Reed finished with a 3-point play and Schinzler made another trey.

Athens got one bucket late from Hall. Cronister made 4-of-6 foul shots. Meiners made 1-of-2 to fall back by 21 points at the buzzer.

A&M had 3, almost 4, in double figures. Mikayla Denton led with 13 points on 3-2s and 2-3s, with 3-of-3 at the line. Reed had 10 points on 3 buckets and 4-of-5 at the line. Schinzler had 10 points on two treys, a 2 and 2-of-2 at the line. Sams had 8 points on 2-2s, a 3 and 1-of-2 free throws.

Cronister was consistent and led Athens with 15 points. She made one bucket and 14-of-19 foul shots. No one else had more than 4 points.

Athens was just 3-of-13 in the 1st half at the line, but in the 2nd half they got 12 of their 16 points from the line (12-of-17).

Saturday 5th Place Game

Central A&M 51, Athens 30

C A&M 11-7-21-12--51

Ath’ns 4-10-9-7--30

CAM stats: Mi Denton 13 (3-2s, 2-3 pt FGs, 3/3 FTs), Reed 10 (3 FGs, 4/5 FTs), Schinzler 10 (1-2, 2-3 pt FGs, 2/2 FTs), Sams 8 (2-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 1/2 FTs), Mc Denton 4 (2 FGs, 0/4 FTs), Billups 2 (FG), Corzine 2 (FG), Beck (0/1 FTs). Braundmeier (0/1 FTs). Team FGs 18. 3-Pointers: 5 (Mi Denton 2, Schinzler 2, Sams). Team FTs 10-of-18.

Athens stats: Cronister 15 ( FG, 14/19 FTs), Morgan 4 (2 FGs, 0/6 FTs), Harris 3 (FG), Hall 2 (FG), Purchis 2 (FG, 0/1 FTs), Bryant 2 (FG, 0/2 FTs), Meiners 1 (1/2 FTs). Team FGs 7. 3-Pointers: 1 (Harris). Team FTs 15-of-32.

John Curtis can be reached at john.curtis@shelbyvilledailyunion.com

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