R-P girls drop two games, lose one to snow

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Chad Smith
Tri-County Record

Thanks to some wintry weather, the Rushford-Peterson girls’ basketball team played only two of the three games on their schedule last week. The week started with a road loss at LeRoy-Ostrander on Monday, Jan. 21. The Trojans were scheduled to host Dover-Eyota the next night, but the game was postponed due to heavy snow. The team ended last week with a homecourt loss against Lewiston-Altura, on Friday, Jan. 25.

R-P vs. L-O

The host Cardinals started with a hot first half and had the Trojans down by 11 points (43-32) at the break. The Cardinals cooled off in the second half, where the Lady Trojans outscored L-O 31-30. But the Trojans couldn’t overcome the large halftime deficit and dropped the non-conference game 63-73.

R-P did a good job of running the offense and getting a lot of shots. However, the hot start to the game for LeRoy-Ostrander led to the R-P girls being outshot 45 percent (27 of 59) to 32 percent (23 for 70). The Trojans did most of their offensive damage inside. It was a rough night from long range, where R-P was just five of 27 (18 percent) on three-point tries. L-O was much more efficient, hitting seven of their 14 three-point shots.

Senior guard Abbey Hoegh led all Trojans scorers with 27 points, doing most of her damage from two-point range (8 for 13) while also hitting five of eight free throws. Kjersta Hinz added nine points and three boards, while Megan Oian also had nine points.

Four Cardinals hit double figures in the win, starting with a double-double for Lauren Helgeson, who dropped in 26 points and pulled down 10 rebounds (6 assists, 4 steals). Hailey Hungerholt added her own double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds. Kate Helgeson chipped in nine points and 10 assists. Emily Hofner was the fourth Cardinal to hit double-digits with 12 points.

L-O won the battle of the boards, 45-38. Both teams did a great job of giving themselves second-chance scoring opportunities on the offensive glass. R-P grabbed 17 offensive rebounds and the Cardinals pulled down 14 of their own missed shots.

 It wasn’t always pretty basketball as the teams combined for 48 free throw attempts, as well as 40 turnovers. Neither team gained an advantage at the free throw line with each hitting 12 attempts. L-O had 22 turnovers to 18 for R-P.

It was quite a battle in the paint, with the Trojans netting 34 of its 63 points in the lane to 38 of the 73 points for LeRoy-Ostrander.

R-P vs. L-A

This was a tight game the entire way through and the stats show it. R-P hit 34 percent of their shots (19 for 55) while L-A knocked down 37 percent (20 for 53). Lewiston-Altura outscored R-P 36-30 in two-point territory, with the Trojans holding a 12-6 advantage from outside the three-point line. Despite the even stats, L-A was able to hang on for the 62-66 victory.

Hoegh once again led the Trojans offense with 27 points (2 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 pass deflections). Lauren Lawston added eight points and three rebounds. Oian added nine points and a team-high seven rebounds.

Junior guard Myia Ruzek of Lewiston-Altura had a fantastic game, tossing in 33 points while just missing a double-double by grabbing nine rebounds. As if that wasn’t enough, she added a team-high six steals, as well as four pass deflections, two blocked shots, and two assists. Ruzek put up all those stats while playing 32 of the 40 total minutes in the game.  

The game likely boiled to success at the free throw line, where the Cardinals had a slim four-point scoring lead. The Trojans hit 13 of their 20 free throws while Lewiston-Altura made 17 of their 21 attempts.

The rebounding battle was equally close, where L-A held a 36-35 advantage. The Trojans were up 12-11 in offensive rebounding.

The Trojans swiped the ball six times from Lewiston-Altura while committing 18 turnovers. L-A had 13 steals while turning the ball over just 11 times.

Schedule

The R-P girls were scheduled for a conference road game at Fillmore Central Tuesday, Jan. 29, but the game was postponed due to weather. R-P is scheduled for a road game at La Crescent-Hokah, on Thurs. Jan 31, and will kick off next week with a home game against Houston on Monday, Feb. 4.

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