SESSER - In a game that over the past few seasons has gone down to the wire, such was not the case this past week. The Benton Rangerettes struggled mightily against the Lady Red Devils of Sesser-Valier/Waltonville, falling 53-33, in non-conferernce play.
The key to the win for the Red Devils was a big second and third quarter offensively. SVW scored 33 points over those 16 minutes and forced several Benton turnovers, including eight in the third period alone.
SVW led 32-22 at the half and 44-24 after three periods.
"I basically told the girls that Benton is not going to quit," said Red Devils coach Rick Metcalf. "They (Rangerettes) would come out and make adjustments."
The Red Devils again had multiple players who put points on the board. They were led in scoring by senior Paige Tucker, who finished with 16 points and a stunning 6-of-9 from the field.
"She's been solid her whole career," Metcalf said. "Paige is an undersized inside player. She's doing it all for us. That is what you should expect out of your senior captain…leadership."
Also scoring for the Devils was Carlie Page with 10 points. Sami McCowen and Peyton Wilderman added eight points each. Brooke Wilderman finished with seven. Finishing with two points each were Ella Zahm and Jaice McCowen.
SVW is 14-0 overall this season. They resume play after Christmas on January 2nd where they will host another Franklin County rival, the Christopher Bearcats.