Ryle girls' basketball tops Simon Kenton

Ryle girls' basketball tops Simon Kenton

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Ryle girls' basketball tops Simon Kenton

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Ryle center Aimee Jump blocks the shot of Simon Kenton guard Ally Niece.

Ryle center Aimee Jump blocks the shot of Simon Kenton guard Ally Niece.

Katie Haitz remained unbeaten in her first year as a high school girls’ basketball head coach, and Simon Kenton’s 12-year winning streak in season-opening games is history after Ryle defeated the Pioneers, 51-48 on Thursday at Ryle.

The Raiders, ranked tied for third in The Enquirer coaches’ poll took the lead for good, 44-43, on Carly Lange’s pair of free throws with 3:01 to play.

Ryle (2-0) was led by senior guard Madison Jones’ 18 points. Jones scored 10 in the third quarter. Lange, an Indiana Wesleyan recruit, added 10 points for the Raiders.

Simon Kenton, 0-1 and ranked fifth, was led by Ally Niece’s game-high 26 points. Shelby Harmeyer, a transfer from Grant County, was next for the Pioneers with eight.

“Jones is a great defender, and she was great offensively tonight,” said Haitz, a former Boone Country assistant. “We had some great minutes off the bench tonight, too, with Carly Lange in foul trouble.”

Ryle beat Scott, 66-45 on the road in the opener.

Simon Kenton won last season’s meeting with Ryle, 57-28 at home, but the Raiders avenged it Thursday.

“I thought our teamwork was really good tonight,” Jones said. “I think we played really well.”

Simon Kenton, 27-5 last season, is defending 32nd District and Eighth Region champion

Ryle was 15-12 and 33rd District champion last season under Karra Jackson, but a regional first-round loser to Holmes.

Simon Kenton led 23-21 at halftime Thursday with 10 points from Niece and eight from Harmeyer. The Pioneers took the lead, 12-11, with 6:50 to go before the break and held it through the end of the half.

Jones led the Raiders with six points before the break. Ryle led once in the opening half, at 6-3 on a 3-pointer by Maddie Scherr.

Ryle is next in action at Mason County on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Thursday’s contest is the lone home game among the first four for the Raiders.

Simon Kenton hosts Notre Dame Academy on Saturday at 4 p.m. for the first of three straight home games. The Pioneers play in four tournaments from Dec. 19 to Jan. 9

Simon Kenton 9 14 9 16 — 48

Ryle 9 12 13 17 — 51

Simon Kenton (0-1) – Niece 10 3 26, Harmeyer 2 2 8, Meier 3 0 6, Buckner 2 1 5, Stamper 1 0 3. Totals 18 6 48.

Ryle (2-0) – Jones 5 7 18, Lange 1 8 10, Scherr 2 1 7, M. Schwartz 2 1 5, L. Schwartz 2 0 4, Williams 1 0 3, Jump 1 1 3, Carouthers 0 1 1.

Halftime: Simon Kenton, 23-21. 3-pointers: S 6 (Niece 3, Harmeyer, Stamper). R 3 (Scherr, Williams, Jones).

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