In a great showing, junior Shelby Turner scored 18 points, but this was not enough as the Cardinal Ritter varsity basketball team fell to the Southport Cardinal 54-53. Southport hit a free throw with 27 seconds left in the game to give the Cardinals the win.
The Raiders got off to a slow start trailing at the end of the first period 16-9, but a 11-3 run helped spark the Raiders in the 2nd. The Raiders used that run to build a halftime lead of 27-24. Cardinal Ritter was able to maintain a lead in a fast paced 3rd quarter that saw 33 combined points from the Cardinals and Raiders. Southport was able to build a lead in the 4th before the Raiders stormed back to tie the game late in the final period. With a tie game with less than minute left in the 4th, the Raiders got called for a questionable foul that sent Cardinals Freshman Brevin Jefferson to the line. Jefferson was able to connect on 1-2 to give Southport the edge. The Raiders had 2 looks late in the game to get the win, but were unable to connect.
Turner led the charge for the Raider offense, scoring 18 points, with nine points during the third period. He also contributed three rebounds and three steals. Sophomore Nate Soltis went into double digits, scoring 14 points. Also contributing for Cardinal Ritter were juniors Ange Gnamkey (7 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal), Miles Tracy (6 points, 8 rebounds, 1 block), and Tharran Cook (4 points, 5 rebounds),
The JV Raiders picked up an impressive 71-59 win over Southport on the strength of Sophomore Joey Gruber’s hot hand. After a slow start the Raiders defense came alive in the 2nd period to cut the Southport lead from 10 to 5 at halftime. From there Gruber took off making shot after shot finishing with 27 points on the night.