FLUSH — The Riley County girls team aced the perimeter Friday night on the road against Rock Creek.
The Falcons made eight 3-pointers — five before halftime — to overwhelm the Mustangs and win 44-22.
Junior Madison Vargo and senior Bree Busch led the way for Riley County with 10 points each, while Katelyn Thomson and Makayla Vargo added nine and eight points, respectively.
“Our perimeter shooting is one of the strengths of our team,” Falcons coach Harold Oliver said. “When we shoot the ball well, it obviously helps us defensively.
“But we have a lot of different kids who are capable of shooting, and it makes it difficult if you have to defend everybody.”
Riley County hit three 3s in the first quarter and those were its only field goals in that span. Still, the Falcons led 9-5 at the quarter’s end.
The hot shooting from beyond the arc continued in the second period with two more 3s.
Riley County was just seconds from going into halftime with a very comfortable 16-9 lead, but the Mustangs found a shot from behind the arc themselves when Megan Srna got a 3-pointer to fall as the buzzer sounded.
The bucket trimmed the lead to just four points andkept the Mustangs in the game. It didn’t last, though.
Madison Vargo pulled up for a 3-pointer in the half’s opening possession and just like before, her shot was directly on target.
After a defensive stop, the Falcons’ inside game found its groove with back-to-back baskets in the paint from Makayla Vargo and Thomson to Riley County up 24-12 just minutes into the second half.
Another Falcons’ 3-pointer — this time by Busch — capped Riley County’s 11-0 run to start the second quarter.
Although a basket and converted foul shot from Rock Creek’s Codi Ebert got the Mustangs’ side of the scoreboard moving again, the damage was done.
The Mustangs were still down 30-15 with less than three minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Riley County would outscore Rock Creek 14-7 the rest of the way.