R-P girls drop first of three games last week

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CHAD SMITH
TRI-COUNTY RECORD

The Rushford-Peterson girls’ basketball team dropped the first of their three games last week, falling on the road at Kingsland 64-42, on Tuesday, Dec. 18. The Trojans ran into a big night from Lauren and Ellie Buchholtz, who combined for 44 of the team’s 64 points. The loss dropped the Lady Trojans to 2-7 overall (0-4 TRC).

R-P vs. Kingsland

The Lady Trojans walked into the Spring Valley gym on a night when the Knights put together their best offensive performance of the season. R-P trailed by just six points at the half (29-23) before the Kingsland offense got going in the second half. Kingsland outscored the Trojans 35-19 after the break, pulling away for a 22-point win.

R-P hit 27 percent of their shots (14 of 51) while the Knights were within shouting distance of knocking down half the shots they took. Kingsland went 21 for 48 (44%) from the field, scoring equally well both inside (16 of 36 on two-pointers) and outside (five of 12 on three-point shots).

Abbey Hoegh led the Trojans offense with 19 points (7 of 19 shooting, 38%). All-SEC standout Lauren Buchholtz of Kingsland led all scorers with 24 points while completing a double-double with 14 rebounds. Ellie Buchholtz had her own double-double with 20 points and 14 boards.

The Knights had a ten-point advantage at the free throw line (18-8) by hitting 18 of 23 free throws. Many of those free throws came in the second half (11 of 12) and kept the Trojans from having a shot at mounting a late comeback. R-P hit eight of their 16 free throw attempts.

Kingsland had a big advantage on the boards, pulling down 43 rebounds (16 offensive) to just 26 (12 offensive) for the Trojans.

Both teams finished with seven steals on the defensive end of the floor.

Schedule

The Trojans were home against Cannon Falls in non-conference action on Thursday, Dec. 20, before finishing with a road matchup at Plainview-Elgin-Millville on Friday. We’ll have scores and stats in the upcoming issue of the Tri-County Record. The girls will be off the following week and get back into action on Jan. 4 against Wabasha-Kellogg. 

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