Girls basketball: Red Rock Central withstands SWU comeback
OKABENA — After building a 23-point lead Thursday evening, Red Rock Central held off a sizzling 32-10 run by host Southwestern United and claimed a 59-54 victory over the Wildcats in an exciting finish to a Red Rock Conference high school girls’ basketball game to open the New Year.
RRC, which improved to 5-1 for the season and a perfect 3-0 in the conference, earned early leads of 14-7 and 20-9 before posting a 32-18 halftime advantage.
The Falcons continued to remain in control, extending their lead to 43-20 over the first six minutes of the second half. Utilizing an effective full-court press, the Wildcats rallied with a 14-2 run before a three-pointer by RRC senior guard Brooke Rasmussen seemed to get the Falcons untracked again.
Getting outside scoring from freshman guard Gabi Stenzel and transition finishes by sophomore forward Andrea Hinkeldey, the Wildcats continue to storm back, slicing the gap to a single point, 53-52 with two minutes remaining.
The Falcons, who were 20-of-28 (71 percent) at the free throw stripe, put the game away behind some clutch charity tosses from seniors Melanie Kedl and Casssandra Erickson. Freshman forward Ramsey Piotter scored nine points in the first half for RRC, finishing with 13 to share team-scoring honors with Melanie Kedl, who also passed for five assists. Freshman center Rachel Kedl (seven points) claimed 12 rebounds and blocked two shots for the Falcons, while Rasmussen and Erickson (four assists) scored eight and six points, respectively.
SWU junior Kailey Wendland (nine rebounds) netted a game-high 15 points to lead the Wildcats, while Andrea Hinkeldey produced a double-double with 11 points (nine in the second half) and a game-high 14 rebounds. Courtney Place (10 points, three steals), Stenzel (eight second-half points) and Sarah Schmid (five rebounds) were other top contributors for SWU, which is now 4-4 for the season and 2-2 in the Red Rock.
The Wildcats play Canby at Marshall Saturday and RRC hosts Fulda in a key early-season conference clash Tuesday.
RRC 32 59
SWU 18 54
Ellsworth 56, Edgerton 54
ELLSWORTH — A back-and-forth contest eventually swung in Ellsworth’s favor, as a desperation shot heaved by Edgerton with five seconds left fell short and the Panthers held on to win.
Alexa Huisman notched a big double-double for Ellsworth with 20 points and 10 rebounds and Alissa Walters added 13 points. Hannah Mulder added nine rebounds for the Panthers, who improve to 3-5 on the season with the win.
At one point in the second half, the Dutchmen held a five point lead, but Ellsworth battled back within one point with one minute remaining. Edgerton is now even on the season at 3-3.
Ellsworth travels to Hills-Beaver Creek Tuesday.
Edgerton 28 54
Ellsworth 26 56
MCC 70, Adrian 57
ADRIAN — Murray County Central led the entire game and used their superior rebounding (14 offensive rebounds for 20 points) and shooting to down Adrian. The Rebels had three players in double figures including Rebekah Nysetvold (16 points), Jade Giese (18), and Morgan Behrends (19). Adrian was boosted by Elizabeth Thier’s 19 points and Bailey Grussing’s 12 points. Jodi Bents chipped in 12 points for the Dragons, who committed 16 turnovers on the night.
MCC 33 70
Adrian 23 57
Fulda 85, MLA 53
FULDA — Eight players scored for Fulda (four in double figures) and the Raiders plowed to a convincing 32-point victory over Mountain Lake Area. Sariah Cheadle led Fulda with 26 points and four assists, Melissa Gehl had 24 points and five rebounds and Ruth Cheadle scored 11 points to pair with seven rebounds. Keys to the game were Fulda’s stellar shooting (6-10, 53 percent,) and the nine three-point shots they made.
The Raiders burst out of the gates in the second half with a run that sealed the deal—they made their first four shots, three of which were three-pointers.
For the Wolverines, Signey Stoesz netted 15 points and Whitney Klassen added 13.
Fulda battles Worthington on the road Monday night. The Raiders improve their record to 6-2 overall and 3-0 in the Red Rock Conference with the win.
MLA 28 53
Fulda 39 85
H-BC 50, W-WG 46
WESTBROOK – Madison Fick’s 12 points led the Hills-Beaver Creek Patriots to a tight win over Westbrook-Walnut Grove. The Patriots made use of their time at the charity stripe (12-21, 57%) to cement the win at the end.
W-WG pulled within two points in the second half, but in the end, H-BC earned their first win of the season and is now 1-4. Kelli Esselink also finished in double figures for the Patriots with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Hattie Van Wyhe also contributed 11 points and seized eight rebounds.
Megan Westrum had three assists for H-BC, which plays Edgerton on Monday. The Chargers were led by Maddie Johnson, who scored 11 points. Close behind was Kaylee Mischke with 10 points. Dayna Comnick contributed in all aspects of the game to score nine points, grasp nine rebounds, nab two blocks and dish out seven assists.
Elizabeth Woelber had nine points and three assists for W-WG, which falls to 1-8 with the loss and is at Murray County Central on Tuesday.
H-BC 24 50
W-WG 18 46