By Michael Buhler
The Argonia Raiders girls basketball team did not need long to wash away the bad taste of dropping its pre-holiday finale last month.
The Raiders kicked off 2023 last Tuesday by downing Burrton 43-25 at Argonia, improving to 4-3 on the season.
“It was nice to open the new year with a win, especially since we had to endure a loss going into the break,” Argonia coach Dixie Brewster said. “We needed the win to help our seed in the upcoming SCBL Tournament.”
The Raiders defense stepped up last Tuesday. After allowing 10 points in the opening period, Argonia shut out the visiting Chargers in the second period, going from trailing 10-7 after the first quarter to leading 17-10 at halftime. The Raiders led 25-20 after three quarters before pulling away in the final period.
Freshman Tori Morrison had 16 points and 12 rebounds to pace Argonia, while Maya Jones added 13 in the win.
“Our shots fell nicely in the fourth quarter,” Brewster said. “We led in rebounds for the game and played our best defense in the final quarter. It was crucial to hit the front end of two different one-and-one opportunities and go 4-for-4 at the foul line in the fourth quarter.”
The Raiders took on Udall earlier this week and wrap up their home stand Friday against West Elk before beginning play in the South Central Border League Tournament.
Argonia: Tori Morrison 16, Maya Jones 13, Kara Jones 6, Autumn Coleman 6, Abigail Harbin 2.