Not many people expected the Kirk Raiderettes to beat North Delta.
The Raiderettes made the short trek into Panola County to face the Lady Green Wave, who were 7-0 in the district heading into Friday’s contest.
Kirk came out of the gate quick with a plan of limiting the touches from North Delta senior and leading scorer Erin Snyder. The plan worked. Snyder was held to six points and the Raiderettes won a 44-39 decision.
With the win, KA improves to 14-12 overall and 6-2 inside the district.
The boys weren’t as fortunate, dropping a 32-29 decision.
“It was a big win for our girls,” Coach Amy Carroll Hudspeth said. “We went out and played very well against a good basketball team.”
Hudspeth was excited about the defensive effort.
“We went into the game wanting to limit (Erin) Snyder’s touches,” Hudspeth said. “I thought Lexie (Simmons) did an outstanding job denying the basketball to Snyder. It was a total team effort.”
Kirk led 27-21 at halftime. The teams each scored nine points in the third period, keeping the KA lead at six points.
North Delta got within five points at 42-37 at the 2:30 mark of the final period.
Junior Lauren Snyder led the Raiderettes with 16 points. Brett Adair Kyle scored 13. Carley Hudspeth chipped in eight and Hayden Grantham finished with four. Kassandra Beck had two and Simmons scored a point.
Kirk turns it attention to a game at home tonight with Indianola. The Raiderettes have a one-game lead over the Lady Colonels for second place.
“Hopefully, we can use this game as a momentum boost heading into Indianola,” Hudspeth said. “We need a win to stay in second place.”