Minor Hill Pulls Away from Raiders in Second Half

The Minor Hill boys’ basketball team battled through a tightly contested opening half against Richland Monday, but pulled away late for a 44-29 win behind strong post play from Jeremiah Dudley.


Josh Marshall opened the game with a 3-pointer for Richland in a low-scoring first quarter. Daniel Nicholson hit a driving lay-in to end the first frame with a 5-3 lead for Minor Hill.


A strong second quarter run by Marshall and Grant Lovell helped the Raiders edge back ahead midway through the quarter. Dudley began a dominant night in the paint late in the first half, though, scoring eight points in the second quarter and drawing the foul on a pair of made baskets. Minor Hill led 20-14 at intermission.


Dudley again made his presence in the paint felt in the third quarter with three more made field goals and another and-one opportunity at the free throw line. He finished the contest with a game-high 14 points, and the Wildcats outscored the Raiders 13-6 in the fourth quarter to clinch the rivalry victory.


Nicholson finished second for Minor Hill with 11 points. Austin Nave added eight, including two shots from beyond the arc, and Ross Toone scored four points.


For Richland, Marshall scored 13 points followed by eight points by Lovell. Sam Edwards finished with four points.