7th Place Preview: Gayville-Volin vs. Lyman

The Gayville-Volin Raiders (15-9) face a Lyman Raiders (15-10) squad that has struggled mightily in its state tournament appearance, scoring 36 in a 33-point loss to Hanson and 28 in a 14-point loss to Kimball-White Lake. Lyman averaged just 45.9 points per game during the season.

Gayville-Volin’s Kelia Barta attacks the basket during Friday’s game with Lemmon. Barta has averaged 8.5 points per game to lead the Raiders so far in the tournament.

During the regular season, Lyman had no players average in double-figures, and were led by Bailey Almond and Chesney Garnos, each at 8.4 points per game. Anna Flitner (7.5 ppg), Brooklyn Halverson (7.2 ppg) and Haley Halverson (4.5 ppg) rounded out the first five, with Cedar Jandreau (5.4 ppg) and Ashley Mortenson (3.5 ppg) coming off the bench.

In Huron, Brooklyn Halverson (10 ppg) and Garnos (7.5) have been the only players averaging better than 4 points a game, as Lyman is 24-85 (28.2 percent) from the field and just 4-21 (19 percent) from 3. The Raiders have hit their free throws, going 17-21 (81 percent).

Gayville-Volin, which had three players averaging in double figures during the season, has been led at state by Kelia Barta (8.5 ppg) and Genny Clark (7.5 ppg). Laura Nelson (6.5 ppg) is averaging nearly her season average of 6.6 points a contest. Rachel Haas has averaged 5.5 points per game.

One stat of note: Megan Hirsch, who averaged a team-best 6.2 rebounds during the season, snagged an impressive 17 rebounds on Friday, and now averages 10.5 rebounds per game for the tournament. The 17 rebounds is the most by any player in one game at the midway point of the tournament.

While Gayville-Volin’s shooting stats are similar (23-85, 27.1 percent) and 2-20 (10 percent) from 3, the Raiders have put up 11 more points at the line (28-42, 66.7 percent).

Game time is noon at Huron Arena.

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