Ronan, Mission split season openers
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RONAN — Almost 10 months after the coronavirus pandemic shuttered the all class basketball state tournament in the opening rounds, the Ronan and Mission High School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams returned to the hardwood courts in a rivalry match up.
The Class A Ronan Chiefs opened their 2021 season at home by defeating the Class B Mission Bulldogs 66-52. The Mission Lady Bulldogs narrowly slipped past the visiting Ronan Maidens 52-51 in their season home opener.
Ronan Chief freshman Elijah Tonasket scored a game-high 25 points. Girma Detwiler added 18 points. First-year head coach DJ Fish celebrated his first Ronan career win.
“I thought our performance was fine for most of the game,” Fish said. “I am expecting mistakes, and with practice, we can definitely tighten those mistakes up.”
He continued: “I am proud that our team played unselfish basketball, which led to easy scoring opportunities. I am also proud that our guys can be happy for one another when they have a good game. I hope that trend keeps moving forward and strengthens this brotherhood of Chiefs.”
For the Bulldogs, sophomore Zoran LaFrombois scored 17 points, while Cedrick McDonald chipped in 13.
Posting a double-double, Madyson Currie led the Lady Bulldogs with a game-high 17 points and 11 rebounds. Kooper Page scored 15 points, and Sydney Brander made 13.
“It was nice to get a rivalry win to get the season started,” said new Lady Bulldog head coach Dalton Delaney. “The girls played hard and worked well together, and I hope we continue to improve as the season progresses.”
For the Maidens, Jayleah Lunceford led in double figures with 13 points. Lareina Cordova scored 11 points, and Ari Burke scored 10 points.