The Bucklin/Macon County Raiders and Lady Raiders opened the home portion of their schedules with a Tri-County Conference battle against Novinger. The BMC teams split the games held last night in New Cambria.
The Lady Raiders were up first, and jumped out to a big lead thanks to a pair of first quarter runs. Scoring on these runs were: Savannah Jochem, Rachel Akins, Bailey Ratliff, and Kelsey Almond. Some late turnovers and missed shots would allow Novinger back in the game. After one quarter, BMC led 15-10.
The BMC girls went a little cold in the second quarter. Neither team came out firing well, with Novinger draining a three-pointer at the 5:40 mark to start the scoring in the frame. The free throw trouble that would plague the Lady Raiders all night started in the frame. At halftime, Bucklin/Macon County led Novinger 23-18 after a back-and-forth quarter.
In the first five minutes of the third quarter, BMC would go on a 6-0 run. Points came from Akins and Jochem for BMC. Good ball movement from the Lady Raiders would extend their lead to double-digits. After three quarters, Bucklin/Macon County led 36-25.
In the final frame, the Lady Raiders avoided the slump that hit them in the second quarter. While they would still struggle from the line, going 3-18 on the night, the BMC girls thrilled the home crowd with a Conference win to start the home part of the season. The Lady Raiders won this game 51-40.
In the boys game, the Raiders came out and fell into a run by Novinger. The BMC boys found themselves in a hole early, trailing 14-5 after the first quarter. Novinger had a trio of three-pointers in the opening frame.
Buckets from Cyrus Hanson and Daniel Hernandez helped close the gap, and start the Raiders on a 4-0 run to get the second quarter underway. But Novinger would re-extend their lead to double-digits with a mid-quarter run. At the half, BMC trailed 24-13.
The second half saw the Raiders continue to fight, plugging away at the Novinger lead. In the final frame, the BMC boys got their deficit to a scant six points, but late game fouls hurt the team in the long run. BMC lost their home opener 59-40.