Lady Trojans drop three last week

TCR/SCOTT BESTUL R-P senior Megan Oian battles Winona Cotter’s Isabel Northrop for a loose ball during the R-P vs. Cotter game Friday, Feb 8.
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Chad Smith
Tri-County Record

The R-P girls basketball team lost three-in-a-row last week, starting with a homecourt loss to Houston, on Monday, Feb. 4. The Trojans were on the road at Fillmore Central the next night, dropping the conference game (and season series) to the Falcons. The Trojans finished the week on Friday, Feb. 8, with a home loss to Winona Cotter. R-P is 4-18 on the year (1-14 TRC) with just four games left in the regular season.

R-P vs. Houston

The Trojans couldn’t muster enough offense to keep pace with the Hurricanes. Houston shot 42 percent from the field to just 34 percent for the R-P girls. Houston led the game by 11 at halftime (32-21), before taking the second half by 12 and winning 68-45.

The Trojans hit 20 of their 58 shots, with Houston making 24 of 56 attempts. The difference came at the three-point and free throw lines. Houston outscored the Trojans by 12 at the three-point line (18-6) and 11 at the charity stripe (14-3).

Megan Oian led the Trojans with 10 points and three rebounds. Abby Hoegh contributed nine points, five rebounds, a team-high six assists, and four steals. Lauren Lawston chipped in eight points and five rebounds.

Houston won the battle of the boards, outrebounding R-P 49-36. The Trojans had 13 offensive boards to 16 for the Hurricanes.

It wasn’t always pretty as the teams combined for 51 turnovers in the game and shot a grand total of 43 free throws.

R-P vs. FC 61-48

On the surface, R-P shot a better overall percentage from the field than FC, but the Trojans just didn’t generate enough shot attempts against the Falcons’ defense, which is typically physical. R-P hit 13 of their 34 shots (38%) to 26 of 61 for FC (32%). The Falcons led the game on their home floor by 12 at halftime (37-25). The game was much closer in the second half, which the Falcons won by a single point (24-23), but they hung on for the 61-48 victory.

With the win, FC swept the two-game regular-season series. Two-point field goal shooting was the biggest difference in the ballgame. FC hit 17 of 47 shots inside the arc (34 points) to eight of 21 for R-P (16 points).

Both teams hit a lot of free throws. R-P was 17 of 28 (60%) at the line, while the Falcons hit 18 of their 34 attempts (52%).

Hoegh was back on top of the scoring sheet, tossing in 17 points (9 of 12 free throws). Lawston was next with a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds.

The Trojans won the rebounding battle 35-33. They couldn’t give themselves a lot of second-chance scoring opportunities with only eight offensive rebounds.

R-P did hurt themselves with 31 turnovers, 19 of which came from FC steals. That gave the Falcons a 23-6 edge in points off turnovers.

R-P vs. Cotter

The second half turned out to be the difference in the rematch with the Ramblers. R-P played right with Cotter in the first half, trailing by just a point at the half (32-31). The Trojan offense fell off in the second half when R-P was outscored 38-16. The 70-47 win gave the Ramblers a regular season sweep over the Trojans.

The Lady Trojans shot 30% on their home floor to 39% for Cotter. But the big difference came outside the three-point line, where Cotter had a 15-point scoring advantage. R-P hit just one of their 11 shots outside the arc to six for 18 for Cotter. Neither team shot exceptionally well from the free throw line. R-P hit 12 of their 21 attempts (57%) to Winona’s 14 of 25 (56%).

Hoegh led the Trojans with 19 points while adding five assists. Kjersta Hinz had one of her best games of the season with 16 points (8 of 12 shooting) while adding seven rebounds.

The rebounding battle was basically even, with Cotter holding a 43-41 edge.

The two teams combined for 42 turnovers, 26 for Rushford-Peterson to 16 for Winona Cotter.


The final week of the regular started with a home game against Dover-Eyota on Monday, Feb. 11. The Trojans host Mabel-Canton in a non-conference game the next night (weather permitting). R-P is on the road at Lanesboro on Thursday, Feb. 14, and the regular season wraps with a tough matchup on Friday night at Caledonia.