R-P girls drop two last week

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The Lady Trojans’ basketball team found more consistency on the basketball court, but still dropped both games they played last week. R-P lost to an athletic Spring Grove club in non-conference action on Monday, Jan. 7, by a score of 61-47. The Trojans were back on the road Friday, Jan. 11, falling to Southland in a low-scoring conference game. The Lady Trojans are 4-10 on the season (1-7 TRC).

R-P vs. Spring Grove

R-P girls dropped a non-conference game that came down to free throws and a couple extra three-pointers for Spring Grove. The Trojans were outscored by eight points at the free throw line (12 to 4) and by six points on three-point attempts (15-9). While the Trojans held a three-point halftime lead (24-21), they were outscored 40-23 in the second half and lost 47-61.

“We knew Spring Grove would be athletic because we’d seen a lot of those same girls during volleyball,” said Trojans coach Jake Dahl. “Our defense that night gave up a lot of open lanes to the basket. Alyssa Johnson drove right past defenders consistently throughout the game. It’s never a good thing to allow anyone easy access to the basket.

“We had practice on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday,” he said. “We spent a lot of time working on defense, specifically moving your feet and not letting anyone get past you. We want them to have to shoot over us and then make sure we rebound hard.”

Shooting stats were pretty even, especially from two-point range. The Trojans were 20 for 57 from the field (35%) while Spring Grove hit 22 of their 56 shots (39%). Each team made 17 field goals from two-point range.

Abbey Hoegh led the Trojans with 18 points (4 rebounds, 2 steals, 3 pass deflections), the only Trojan in double figures. Megan Oian just missed a double-double, scoring nine points while grabbing 16 rebounds. Ellie Dahl added eight points and seven rebounds. Amelia Solum was the top Spring Grove scorer with a game-high 20 point and Alyssa Johnson added 17.

The Trojans did a great job rebounding, holding a 46-37 edge over the Lions. 15 of those 46 rebounds came on the offensive end, which led to a nine to six advantage for R-P on second-chance points.

Trojan mistakes were costly as Spring Grove scored 25 points off 31 Trojan turnovers to 16 for R-P points off 20 Lion turnovers.

R-P vs. Southland

The Trojans could only muster 12 points by halftime and found themselves trailing 23-12 going into the locker room. That cold first half turned out to be the difference in the game. The second half was much closer as Southland outscored R-P by just one point (27-26) but the Trojans couldn’t muster enough offense and fell 38-50

“Southland came in playing some pretty competitive basketball,” Dahl said. “In the two games before they played us, they went right at Fillmore Central before coming up short, plus they took a solid Grand Meadow team into overtime before falling short. They only had two wins going into the game with us but they’d been much better than their record showed.”

Most of the stats were fairly even in spite of the 12-point margin of victory. R-P shot 27% (16 of 60) while Southland hit 29% of its shots (17 for 58). The largest difference in scoring came at the free throw line, where the Rebels held an 11-point advantage. The Rebels were 15 of 25 at the line while the Trojans hit four of 13 attempts.

Hoegh once again led the team in scoring with 14 points and a team-best four assists. Lauren Lawston added 13 points, eight rebounds, and three steals. Kayla Nelson of Southland led the Rebels with 11 points.

“Rebounding was kind of a big issue against Southland,” said Dahl. “They outrebounded us especially well in the first half, including several offensive rebounds. Kjersta Hinz got into some foul trouble so she had to sit out for quite a bit of the first half, which didn’t help. We pretty much have a height advantage against almost everyone we’ll see this year but we couldn’t take advantage of it.”

The Trojans did close the rebounding gap somewhat in the second half but still trailed on the glass 49-39. Southland had 16 offensive rebounds, which led to 12 second-half points. R-P had 12 offensive rebounds but could only convert them into seven second-chance points.

The Trojans had 20 turnovers to 19 for the Rebels.


The Trojans host St. Charles on Tuesday, Jan. 15. They’ll have another conference game at Chatfield on Thursday, Jan 15, then play a Monday night game on Jan. 21 at LeRoy-Ostrander.