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Ronan, Mission split double-header

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RONAN — The Ronan Chiefs and Maidens basketball teams split their double-header against Mission High School in a non-conference cross county showdown Thursday night at the Ronan Event Center.

The girls game went to the host Maidens 51-39, while in the boy’s game the Class B Bulldogs slipped past the Class A Chiefs 74-70.

The boy’s matchup went back-and-forth for most of the first quarter with the Bulldogs finishing with a slim 20-19 lead. 

Trailing the Bulldogs by a single point to start the second quarter, the Chiefs’ offense went on a 23-15 scoring run giving Ronan a 42-35 seven-point margin lead as both squads headed off to the locker room closing out the first half.

In the third quarter, the Bulldogs chipped away at the Ronan lead to pull within a three-point margin 53-50 by quarters end. 

With both teams tied up at 64-64 and 2:13 remaining on the clock, Mission’s leading scorer, junior Zoran LaFrombois found the bottom of the net with a 3-point shot to give the Bulldogs a 67-64 lead they never gave back in the final minutes of the game.

LaFrombois led all scorers with 30 points, while also chipping in nine rebounds and eight assists. 

Also for the Bulldogs, Cedrick McDonald recorded a double-double with 26 points and 17 rebounds.

Two players reached double figures for the Chiefs with Marlo Tonasket posting a team high double-double 20 points and 14 rebounds followed by Elijah Tonasket with 16 points.

In the night cap, the Maidens led at all the breaks. Ronan led 13-8 at the first quarter and increased that to a 26-12 halftime lead. At the end of the third quarter the Maidens were up 44-19. Playing bench players for the majority of the fourth quarter, Ronan went on to win 51-39.

Ronan had three players in double figures getting a team high 17 points from LaReina Cordova, 13 points from Olivia Heiner and 12 points from Dani Coffman. Mission was led by Kooper Page with a game high 26-point evening.

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