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PREP GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Big 2nd half carries WHS

REDWOOD FALLS -- The Worthington girls' basketball team was put into unfamiliar territory in Friday's game against Redwood Valley, facing a zone defense for the first time all season.

After a tentative first half that saw them score only 14 points, the Trojans played a much more comfortable second half, putting together a 44-27 win.

"It was first time that we've faced a zone," WHS head coach Eric Lindner said. "We were a little tentative at passing the ball, but the kids in the second half did a much better job at attacking the seams of the zone. We did a lot of stuff with high looks and low looks, and basically were more aggressive against the zone."

Worthington was afforded the luxury of taking time to adjust to the Cardinals' zone defense by playing strong defense of its own.

"Defensively we had a really good effort," Lindner said. "Any time you can hold a team to 27 points, that's pretty good defense."

A key to WHS' defensive effort was to shut down RV's Jessica Fischer -- a player that has caused the team problems in the past.

After Fischer scored seven of her team's 10 first-half points, the Trojans kept her scoreless in the second half.

"She usually scores 20 on us, so we did a nice job on her as far as defending her," Lindner said.

Martha Alwal led Worthington with 15 points, Kristen Andersen added 14 points, and Cassie Landgaard tacked on eight points.

The Trojans (5-3) play at home against Sioux Falls O'Gorman tonight -- another team that is likely to come out in a zone defense.

"We're going to have to do a much better job of executing in the first half with our zone offense if we're going to compete with those guys," Lindner said.

WHS 14 30 -- 44

RV 10 17 -- 27

WHS (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) C. Landgaard 1-2-1-8, A. Landgaard 0-1-0-2, Cham 0-1-1-3, Alwal 0-7-1-15, Andersen 0-5-4-14. Totals 1-16-7-44.

RV (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) Felt 0-1-1-3, Smith 1-1-0-5, Fischer 1-2-0-7, Busiahn 0-2-0-4, Jensen 1-2-0-7, Bitker 0-0-1-1. Totals 3-8-2-27.