R-P girls continue to improve

TCR/SCOTT BESTUL Trojan Ellie Dahl drives in for a shot versus the La Crescent-Hokah Lancers last Thursday.
Chad Smith

The Rushford-Peterson girls’ basketball team dropped a pair of close games last week but played very competitive basketball. The week began with a low-scoring, hard-fought loss at Mabel-Canton on Monday, Feb. 3, by a score of 40-35. They lost a rare Thursday night game at home to La Crescent-Hokah 60-53. The Trojans are 2-21 overall (0-13 TRC) going into the final week of the regular season.

R-P vs. M-C

Two-point field goals and a six-point advantage at the free-throw line turned out to be the difference in the low-scoring game. Points were hard to come by for both teams, especially in the first half. The Trojan girls had a one-point lead (15-14) going into halftime. Mabel-Canton outscored the Trojans by six points (26-20) in the second half to pull out the win.

Both teams shot an identical 31 percent from the field. The Cougars held an eight-point advantage (28-20) from two-point range, as well as a six-point edge at the free-throw line (9-3). The Trojans had a nine-point advantage outside the arc, draining four treys (12 points) while the Cougars made just one of 10 tries (3 points).

Ellie Dahl led the Trojans with one of her best games of the season, scoring 17 points on eight of ten shooting. She was two rebounds away from a double-double (8) and chipped in two steals. Kaylee Ruberg added nine points, six rebounds, and a team-high four assists.

All-Southeast Conference guard Payton Danielson led Mabel-Canton with 11 points and six steals. Camryn Cox added 10 points and a team-high six rebounds.

The Trojans held a 33-28 edge in rebounding over the Cougars.

The Trojans were outscored by 13 points (18-5) when it comes to points off turnovers. R-P had 22 miscues to 15 for Mabel-Canton. 10 of those 22 turnovers came off M-C steals, while the Trojans’ defense came up with five swipes.

The pace was as slow as the final score suggests, as there were just six points in transition, all scored by the Cougars.

R-P vs. La Crescent-Hokah

Once again, two-point field goals and free throws turned out to be the difference in the ballgame, but what an effort by the Trojans. R-P trailed by nine points (34-25) at halftime but decided they weren’t done. They went right at the Lancers in the second half, outscoring them by two points (28-26) before falling by just seven points to the Class AA Lancers.

The Trojans held a 12-point scoring advantage outside the three-point line, draining seven of 30 tries (23%, 21 points) while the Lancers made three of 10 (30%, 9 points). The Lancers held a 14-point advantage from two-point range, making 21 of 45 shots (46%, 42 points) while R-P hit 14 of 30 tries (46%, 28 points).

The R-P girls trailed the Lancers by five points at the free-throw line, where they made four of nine shots to nine of 15 for La Crescent-Hokah.

Rebounds were likely another big difference as the Trojans were outrebounded by 14 (44-30). 13 of the Trojans’ board were on the offensive end while the Lancers grabbed 16 of their own missed shots.

Ruberg was the top Trojan with 18 points and eight rebounds, along with three assists, three steals, and one block. Alayna Helgemoe added 13 points, adding a team-high five assists and tying Emarie Jacobson with a team-best four steals.

Three Lancers wound up in double figures, led by 12 points each from Kiley Mcquin and Sadie Treptow, along with 11 points from Piper Walton.

R-P had 14 steals and blocked two shots, while the Lancers had 11 steals and blocked three Rushford-Peterson shots. The Trojans had one of their best games of the season with only 13 turnovers to 20 miscues for La Crescent-Hokah.


The Trojans have two games left in the regular season and they’re rough. The final week of the regular season began on Tuesday, Feb. 11, with a road game at Winona Cotter. The season ends on Friday, Feb. 14, at home against Caledonia. Playoff seedings should be available Saturday afternoon.