Mother Nature delayed the season opener for the Lake Preston Diver basketball team with the Oldham/Ramona-Rutland Raiders, but the Divers were ready when they met the Chiefs of Iroquois/Doland Mon., Dec. 13 in Lake Preston.
The Divers have a new starting line up with only one returning starter in junior Riley Casper after graduating four starting seniors last year. The game started slowly, and Lake Preston fell behind 14-6 in the first quarter but brought themselves within three at halftime with a score 25-22.
Diver defense held the Chiefs to four points in the 3rd period, which allowed the Divers to go into the last quarter with a 3-point lead of 29-32. That lead was important at the end of the 4th quarter as both teams scored 12 points, with the Divers winning their first game with a score of 44-41.
Shooting percentage was a challenge all night with the Divers making only 29% of their shots. Free throws were better at 50%; Lake Preston made 6 of 12 from the line.
Sophomore Josh McMasters led the Divers with 22 points, while Riley Casper scored 11 points. The Chiefs were led by Logan Peskey with 22. The Divers outrebounded the Chiefs with 27 rebounds, led by Garrett Kruger, a junior, who had nine rebounds while Riley Casper added five. Junior Tate Larsen had four of the team’s eight assists.
Lake Preston lost to the Warbirds of Wolsey-Wessington on Tues., Dec. 14 in a physical game. The Divers couldn’t find their rhythm and were outscored 61-24. The Divers had only 10 points at the end of the 1st quarter, while the Warbirds had 22. They went to the locker room down by 24 at half-time with a score of 35 to 11.
The Warbirds outscored the Divers 18 to 5 in the 3rd period and led 53-16 going into the final quarter.
The Divers struggled against the size of the Warbirds, led in rebounds by Payson Gohn who stands a mere 6’5.” Gohn had 10 of the Warbirds’ 26 rebounds, while the Divers were led by Riley Casper who had five of the Divers’ 15 rebounds.
Carson Zomer led the Warbirds with 22 points, while Josh McMasters led the Divers with 10 points. The Divers shot 26% and were 25% from the free throw line, making 1 of 4 attempts.
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