R-P girls start 2019 with a win

TCR/Scott Bestul Rushford-Peterson’s Ellie Dahl scored nine points in the win over Wabasha-Kellogg last Friday night.
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The Rushford-Peterson girls’ basketball team enjoyed some time off from competition between Christmas and New Year’s. When the Trojans got back in action against Wabasha-Kellogg on Friday, Jan. 4, they withstood a furious second-half rally to hang on for a homecourt victory. The win pushed the Trojans to 4-8 on the season and gave the team its first Three Rivers Conference win (1-6).

R-P vs. W-K

It was a tale of two halves when the Trojans faced off against the Falcons. R-P came out playing well at both ends of the floor and found themselves up by 20 points at halftime, 42-22. Things went in the opposite direction after the break, when W-K outscored R-P by 14 points (40-26). Still, the Trojans held on for the 68-62 win.

The R-P girls were effective on offense, generating a lot of shots (69) against the Falcons. The team hit 27 of them (39%), doing most of their damage from two-point range (22 of 49, 44%). The Falcons shot 34 percent from the field, with the second half much more efficient than the first. W-K hit 22 of their 64 shots against the Trojans.

Abbey Hoegh led the Trojans with 19 points (3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal) while Kjersta Hinz just missed a double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Three more players were close to double figures; Lauren Lawston scored nine points (and grabbed nine rebounds), Ellie Dahl added nine, and Alana Helgemoe chipped in eight points.

The Falcons (3-7, 2-5 TRC) were led by their backcourt. Senior guard Ellie Sholing  scored 19 points and senior guard Olivia Passe added 18.

The biggest difference in the game was points in the paint, where the R-P girls outscored the Falcons by 16 points (40-24). Both teams were solid grabbing rebounds, especially when they possessed the basketball. The Trojans grabbed 46 rebounds (19 offensive) and W-K pulled down 43 boards (17 offensive).

Defensively, R-P had nine steals (Lawston and Julissa Trejo were credited with two each) and W-K had six. The Lady Trojans had 15 turnovers, while the Falcons finished with 16.


The Trojans already kicked off the first full week of 2019 with a non-conference homecourt matchup against Spring Grove on Monday, Jan. 7. It’s back into conference play on Friday, Jan. 11, at Southland. They’ll stay in conference action next Tuesday, Jan. 15 at home against St. Charles.