Lady Trojans split a pair of tight games

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CHAD SMITH
NEWS LEADER

After starting the week with a loss to Kingsland, the Lady Trojans’ basketball team split the final two games of the week.

R-P grabbed a non-conference win over Cannon Falls at home on Thursda Dec. 20. Friday found R-P in the PEM gym, where they dropped a tight TRC matchup to the Bulldogs. R-P is 3-7 on the season (0-6 TRC).

R-P vs. Cannon Falls

There’s an old saying in sports that the margin of victory is a fine line. The teams tied for 3-pointers made, the Bombers had one more two-point bucket, but R-P drained five more free throws (12-7 ) to hold on for a 58-55 win.

The game was also a story of two different halves. R-P outscored CF 37-26 in the first half before the Bombers clamped down defensively and outscored the Trojans 29-21 after the break. The Lady Trojans hit 21 of 51 shots from the field (41%) while the Bombers hit 22 of 52 (42%) shots. R-P was 12 of 20 from the free throw line, while Cannon Falls made just seven for 20 at the stripe.

Abbey Hoegh and Megan Oian were a one-two offensive punch for R-P. Oian led the squad with a double-double of team-bests 17 points and 13 rebounds, plus a team-best four steals. Hoegh pumped in 16 points and also had four thefts. Lauren Lawston (10 rebounds) and Kjersta Hinz each score six points.

Sophomore forward Makayla Bowen led Cannon Falls with a game-high 21 points (6 steals, 6 rebounds). Sophomore guard Bella Davisson chipped n 14 points and four assists.

The game wasn’t pretty as the teams combined for 56 turnovers. The Trojans finished with 24 points off turnovers to 23 for CF. Both teams played good defense. R-P had 13 steals in the game to 12 for Cannon Falls.

The Trojans held a 38-29 edge in rebounding.

R-P vs. PEM

The Trojan matchup with the rival Bulldogs was as tight as the final score indicated. The Bulldogs led by five at the half (31-26) before the Trojans outscored them after halftime (39-38). However, the Bulldogs (5-5, 4-2 TRC) held on for the 69-65 win.

The Trojans knocked down 22 of 49 (45%) from the field while the Bulldogs drained 24 of their 58 attempts (41%). PEM held an eight-point edge on two-point shots, while R-P had a six-point lead on three-pointers. P-E-M also made more free throws (17-15).

R-P had three girls in double figures. Hoegh led the team with 28 points (5 rebounds, 3 steals). Oian had another excellent game, just missing a double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds. Kaitlyn Bieberdorf added 10 points, four rebounds, and two steals.

PEM was led by sophomores Alyx Doughty (24 points, eight rebounds, two steals), and Macy Holtz (22 points, nine rebounds, and three assists).

Second-chance points were big for the Bulldogs. 20 offensive rebounds led to a 24-7 edge in second-chance points. PEM held a 38-31 edge in overall rebounds against R-P. The Trojans had 14 offensive rebounds of their own but only converted seven second-chance points.

Schedule

The Lady Trojans’ next action is a Jan. 4, home game vs. against Wabasha-Kellogg. 

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