TOWER CITY, N.D. – The No. 8-ranked MayPort-CG Patriots had their six-game, season-opening winning streak snapped Thursday, Dec. 29 by Maple River.
However, MPCG head coach Keenan Konschak told his players that they shouldn’t be too shaken up by the 47-42 nonregion loss to the Raiders.
“The breaks didn’t go our way tonight but we have to keep battling. We can hang our heads or we can use this loss to make us better,” Konschak said after the defeat.
Konschak’s club was shorthanded before tipoff with starting forward Raegan Zerface, one of the team’s leading scorers, out of the country on a family vacation.
Despite Zerface’s absence, MPCG held a 11-9 lead after the first quarter even while part of the period without its top scorer, junior Rylee Satrom, who picked up two early fouls.
The Patriots stepped on the gas with a quick 7-0 scoring run capped by a corner 3-pointer from junior Raina Satrom in the second quarter but couldn’t pull away from the Raiders on their home turf.
Maple River closed the gap in the period and entered halftime down by four points (22-18).
Konschak gave the Raiders and head coach Nathan Hoots, who entered the contest on a four-game winning streak, credit for clamping down on the Patriots’ offense in the first half.
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