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Raiders roll to victory over Broncos in season opener

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Daleville freshman Tim Arnold (1) passes the ball against the sticky, pressure defense of Shenandoah’s Jakeb Kinsey (4) as the Broncos’ Derrick Lawrence (2) and the Raiders’ Andrew Bennett (12) watch during Wednesday night’s season-opening boys basketball game in Von Jameson Gymnasium. Shenandoah hounded Daleville into 29 turnovers, one of the keys to the Raiders’ 62-25 victory.
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Shenandoah's Peyton Starks (40) shoots the ball near the basket as the Raiders' Andrew Bennett (12). Jakeb Kinsey (4), and Jackson Campbell (5) plus Daleville's Frank Pang (31) and a couple of other Bronco players get in position to rebound during Wednesday night's boys basketball game in Von Jameson Gymnasium. Starks led Shenandoah with game highs of 18 points and eight rebounds and Bennett scored 15 points, Campbell 12, and Kinsey nine in the Raiders' 62-25 victory.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

MIDDLETOWN - The Shenandoah High School boys basketball team opened the 2018-19 regular season Wednesday night with suffocating defensive pressure against visiting Daleville which ultimately resulted in a 62-25 Raider victory over the Broncos in Von Jameson Gymnasium.

The game also was a Mid-Eastern Conference contest, so Shenandoah is now 1-0 in the league and Daleville 0-1.

“It was a good win for us in our season opener,” Shenandoah Coach Dave McCollough said afterward. “We got the first-game jitters out and could have played better at times in some facets of the game. But I thought our defense was solid the whole game and we were able to turn them over and get to the line.”

The Raiders dressed only eight varsity players, but used all of them to full effect in smothering the Broncos’ chances for a win. Shenandoah forced 29 Daleville turnovers while committing only eight itself.

Combine that with the Raiders winning the rebounding battle 33-27, and that’s 27 additional possessions Shenandoah had over the visitors. Convert on enough of those chances, and it’s kind of easy to see the final score the way it was.

“We’re not very big,” McCollough remarked, “so we’ll have to rebound by committee and have everybody willing to go to the boards hard. I felt we did a pretty good job of rebounding tonight.”

The Raiders rolled to a 7-0 advantage at the 4:14 mark of the first quarter, and already were in the one-and-bonus stage regarding free throws at that point. After the Broncos’ Derrick Lawrence hit a basket with 3:59 left in the opening period, Shenandoah scored the final four points of the quarter to lead 11-2 after one.

Peyton Starks had seven points and Andrew Bennett four for all of the Raider points in the first period.

Shenandoah then ran off the first nine points of the second quarter to grab a 20-2 advantage with 4:48 remaining in the first half, prompting another Daleville timeout.

“Right now, we’re not getting any leadership from our seniors,” Daleville Coach Tyler Stotler said after the game. “We had three freshmen on the floor at one time tonight and it was a good learning experience for them, but our seniors have got to show those freshmen where they need to be on the floor. We’re down our point guard and leading scorer, and when he returns it will take care of some of that, but until then we need leadership and that starts in practice. Some of our guys were not locked-in mentally for this game tonight.”

The scoring pace slowed dramatically after that, as each team scored four more points and the Raiders took a 24-6 lead into intermission. Jackson Campbell tallied seven points and Bennett six for all of the host’s points in the second period.

Neither team shot well the first half. Shenandoah was just 9-for-27 from the field (33 percent), but the Broncos were worse at 3-for-14 (28.7 percent). Daleville did not attempt a single charity toss in the opening 16 minutes, while the Raiders were a rather chilly 6-of-13 (46 percent) from the foul stripe.

“Obviously, holding any team to six points in a half is pretty good,” McCollough stated. “We can’t count on doing that every game, but we can continue to play hard on the defensive end, move the ball, and rebound.”

Arnold scored a bucket for the Broncos to open the third quarter, but Shenandoah dominated the period thereafter, outscoring Daleville 27-7 to lead 51-15 after three.

Five players scored for the Raiders in the third quarter, led by nine from Starks and seven from Jakeb Kinsey. Five players also scored for the Broncos, but none has more than two points.

With the game in the bag, Shenandoah still outscored Daleville 12-11 in the fourth quarter to cap the 37-point victory. Colton Monday with four points led five Raider players who scored in the period. Lawrence drained a pair of three-pointers for the Broncos and Josh Price added four.

With improved second-half shooting from both the field and the free throw line, Shenandoah ended the game with 24-of-59 from the floor (40.7 percent) and 13-of-23 from the charity stripe (56.5 percent). Daleville finished 10-of-30 from the field (33.3 percent) and 3-of-6 from the foul stripe (50 percent).

The Raiders almost had foul players score in double figures. Starks led the way with 18 points, followed by Bennett 15, Campbell 12, and Kinsey nine. Starks also lead Shenandoah in rebounding with eight boards. followed by Evan Coers five, and Nate Kimball and Kinsey with four apiece.

Lawrence led the Broncos with eight points and Arnold and Price had six points apiece. Price led Daleville rebounders with six caroms, and Trevion Johnson and Arnold had four apiece.

Shenandoah also won the junior varsity game 52-26. Freshman Jasper Campbell led the Raiders with a game-high 22 points while freshman Camden Leisure topped Daleville with 10 points.

The Raiders travel to Blue River Valley Saturday night for a big early-season test. Both teams are undefeated and 1-0 in the MEC.

“Blue River will be a challenge for us,” McCollough added. “They move the ball well, have several guys who can shoot from outside, and I was really impressed with their No. 5 (Bryce Klein) on the boards. We’ll have to be ready to play from the start.”

Shenandoah 62, Daleville 25

DALEVILLE (25)

Arnold 3-4 0-0 6, Lawrence 3-8 0-0 8, Stecher 0-1 1-2 1, Price 2-3 2-4 6, McKinney 1-4 0-0 2, Pang 0-0 0-0 0, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Leisure 1-10 0-0 2, Gothrup 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 10-30 3-6 25.

SHENANDOAH (62)

Kinsey 3-6 3-4 9, Jac. Campbell 3-8 6-9 12, Starks 8-13 2-5 18, Bennett 6-16 2-5 15, Coers 2-8 0-0 4, Jas. Campbell 0-0 0-0 0, Monday 2-4 0-0 4, Kimball 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 24-59 13-23 62.

Daleville 2 4 9 10 — 25

Shenandoah 11 13 27 11 — 62

3-point goals – Daleville 2 (Lawrence), Shenandoah 1 (Bennett). Rebounds – Daleville 27 (Price 6, Arnold 4, Johnson 4), Shenandoah 33 (Starks 8, Coers 5, Kinsey 4, Kimball 4). Total fouls – Daleville 21, Shenandoah 11. Turnovers – Daleville 29, Shenandoah 8. JV score – Shenandoah 52, Daleville 26. Records – Daleville 0-1, 0-1 MEC; Shenandoah 1-0, 1-0 MEC.