Lancers too much for Lady Trojans


TCR/CRAIG JOHNSON Trojan senior Abbey Hoegh goes up for the shot over a Hurricane defender Monday night. The Trojans fell to the Hurricanes 45-68.
By : 
Chad Smith
Tri-County Record

Wintry weather postponed to games for the Rushford-Peterson girls last week, and when they returned to the gym they faced a warm La Crescent-Hokah (L-H) team playing at home. The Trojans couldn’t overcome a slow first half of offense and dropped the conference game (and regular season series) to the Lancers. The loss dropped the R-P record to 4-15 (1-12 TRC).

R-P vs. La Crescent-Hokah

The R-P girls dropped the season opener of their series against the Lancers, who won on the Trojans home court (61-51) in early December. Though R-P hoped to return the favor, it’s tough to beat any team that makes more than half their shot attempts. L-H shooters torched the nets, hitting 54% from the field (17 for 31). It’s an even tougher task to beat a team that nearly hits the 20-point mark from the free throw line (19 of 28). The L-H rode those stats to claim a 37-54 win over R-P. 

The Lancers took control of the game in the first half and found themselves up by 15 at the halftime break (27-12). But the R-P girls didn’t quit and came out for the second period playing hard. While the Trojans were outscored by just two points (27-25) after the break, L-H’s big first-half lead was too much to overcome.

While the Lancers  hit more than half the shots they took, R-P could only sink 15 of 44 shots (34%), including 0 for 8 from three-point range. The Trojans were also outscored by 12 points at the free throw line, hitting only seven of their 14 attempts.

Abbey Hoegh and Megan Oian each scored 12 points to lead the R-P offense. Oian added team-highs of five rebounds and two steals. Freshman forward Sadie Treptow led the Lancers with 15 points and grabbed four rebounds. Senior forward Jada Reider hit all five of her shots from the field to add 10 points while grabbing a team-high six rebounds (2 steals).

It wasn’t a pretty game as the teams combined for 49 turnovers (R-P 22, L-H 27), 40 personal fouls (R-P 23, L-H 17), and shot a total of 44 free throws. The Lancers did a better job of taking advantage of the Trojans’ mistakes, outscoring R-P 20-11 on points off turnovers.

Neither team hit the boards with a lot of authority. The Lancers won the rebounding battle 25-20. There weren’t many second-chance scoring opportunities either, with R-P getting only six offensive rebounds and L-H grabbing five.

Schedule

The Trojans already kicked off the week with a 68-45 homecourt loss to Houston on Monday, Feb. 4, and we’ll have the recap here next week. The Trojans played their rescheduled game at Fillmore Central on Tuesday night, Feb. 5. The R-P girls are on the road Thursday night for a non-conference game at Lanesboro before wrapping up the week on Friday night with a home game against Winona Cotter. After a weekend to catch their breath, the Trojans start next week with a twice-rescheduled home game against Dover-Eyota on Monday, Feb. 11. They’re back at home the next night for a non-conference game against Mabel-Canton.

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