R-P girls win 1 of 4 to end regular season


TCR/SCOTT BESTUL Rushford-Peterson senior Kjersta Hinz goes up for a shot over Mabel-Canton defend- ers in last week’s 53-56 loss to the Cougars.
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Chad Smith
Tri-County Record

The Lady Trojans’ basketball team wrapped up the regular season with a busy four-game stretch last week. R-P dropped a home contest against Dover-Eyota on Feb. 11, then played three games in as many days. R-P came up three points short of Mabel-Canton in the last home game of the regular season Feb. 12, then visited Lanesboro to grab a 9-point win. The final game of the week was a 13-point road loss to Caledonia Feb. 15. The Trojans finished the regular season 5-21 (1-15 TRC) overall and started the playoffs on Tuesday night, Feb. 19.

R-P vs. D-E

The Trojan girls dropped their only TRC matchup of the regular season against Dover-Eyota at home to start the week. It was an unusual game for the R-P girls, who scored more points on three-pointers (24) than they did on two-point shots (14 ). R-P trailed by 16 points at halftime (36-20) and were outscored by 13 (37-24) in the second half before the Three Rivers Conference game went to D-E 44-73.

Shooting in the 25% neighborhood makes it tough to keep up with any opponent. The Trojans made just 15 of their 56 shots (27%), to D-E’s hit 40% (26 of 65). R-P really struggled from two-point range, making just seven of 35 shots (20%). The Eagles held a 13-point advantage at the free throw line, making 17 of 24 free throws to just six of 16 for R-P.

Abbey Hoegh carried the load on offense, scoring 25 of the team’s 44 points. She also had five rebounds and a team-high four steals. Lauren Lawston was next with seven points and six rebounds. The Trojans trailed the rebounding totals 43-40. R-P did give themselves some extra scoring opportunities by grabbing 17 of their own missed shots on the offensive end.

The Trojans didn’t help themselves with 30 turnovers in the game. It wasn’t always a pretty game as D-E also committed 20 turnovers.

R-P vs. M-C 56-53

The Trojans wrapped up the home portion of their regular season with a three-point, non-conference loss to the Mabel-Canton Cougars in a rare Wednesday game. Both teams started the game slowly, with the Cougars holding a slim four-point lead (19-15) at the half. Both teams cranked it up in the second half, during which M-C outscored the Trojans by just seven points (41-37) and went on to win 53-56.

R-P actually outshot the Cougars, especially from two-point range. Each team made three shots from outside the arc. But D-E enjoyed a 9-point edge at the free throw line. The Eagles were 19 of 26 while the Trojans were just 10 for 20.

The Lady Trojans hit 20 of their 48 shots (41%) while D-E was 17 for 58 (29%). Hoegh led R-P with 19 points (6 rebounds, 3 steals) and Megan Oian scored 13 points while leading the team in rebounds (8) and assists (5).

R-P won a tight rebounding battle, 38-36. Turnovers once again were difficult for R-P to overcome, committing 26 miscues to just 15 for the Eagles. D-E had 12 steals to nine for R-P.

R-P vs. Lanesboro 61-50

The Trojans broke a long losing skid with a 61-50 non-conference win over the Burros. R-P shot well from two-point territory, but they also added some effective outside shooting to their performance. Three-point shooting was a big key for the Trojans, as they outscored LHS by 12 points (15-3) outside the arc.

R-P led the game 30-24 going into halftime, but didn’t put the game away until late in the second half as the Trojans outscored Lanesboro by just five points in the second half (31-26) while on the way to the double-digit wins.

The Trojans outshot the Burros (38% to 30%) and were especially solid inside the arc, hitting half their shots (14 for 28). Hoegh once again led R-P scorers with 17 points, but she was especially tough on the other end, leading the team in steals (3) and pass deflections (7). Oian had one of her best games of the season, netting 16 points and 4 rebounds. Lawston added 11 points on four of six shooting.

The teams combined to shoot 72 free throws off 51 fouls and committed a combined total of 35 turnovers (R-P 16, LHS 19). While they shot a lot of free throws, neither team did it well. R-P made 18 of 33 attempts (54%) and Lanesboro went 21 for 39 (53%).

Lots of missed shots means a lot of rebounding opportunities, and the Burros held a 15-rebounding edge (50-35).R-P held a nine-point edge in points off turnovers (24-15).

R-P vs. Caledonia

The Trojans wrapped up the regular season with a tough road trip to Caledonia. While the Warriors (19-4, 14-1 TRC) won 68-55, it was much closer than the first time R-P played Caledonia in mid-December. The Warriors won that matchup 78-34.

By halftime, it looked like the game was on the same pace as the first one, with Caledonia up by 22 (46-24). R-P outscored the Warriors 31-22 after the break, but the lead was too great to have a shot at overcoming.

Hoegh led the Trojans with a game-high 25 points, including two three-pointers. Oian was also in double figures again, this time with 13 points (1 three-pointer). The Warriors had a 15-point edge from outside the arc, knocking down eight from long-range (24 points) to three (9 points) for R-P.

Caledonia also had a four-point edge at the free throw line, where they hit 10 of their 18 attempts. R-P made six of 11 tries at the stripe.

Schedule

The Trojans opened up the Section 1A tournament as the No. 16 seed. They started with a play-in game at home against No. 17 seed Schaeffer Academy. The Trojans beat the Lions 54-33 back on Dec. 7. The winner moves on to a Thursday night matchup at No. 1 seed Grand Meadow.

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