Back from break, RPR picks up a win and a loss

By: 
Mikaela Koski
Thursday, January 10, 2019

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The Reed Point-Rapelje Renegades put up mixed results in the first week back from winter break.

Last Friday, the Renegades faced the Roberts Lady Rockets in a close conference game.

RPR came out of the gates ready to roll, and after the first quarter, had a 12-7 lead. Roberts pushed back in the second, and the Renegades were barely able to hold onto the lead, up 17-16 at halftime.

The third quarter was tight, and entering the fourth, the game was tied at 21 points. The Rockets outlasted RPR in the final period to clinch the 31-29 win.

Junior Renegade Carlee Blodgett scored 19 points to lead the Renegades, followed by sophomore Abby Schladweiler with five.

RPR Head Coach Tricia Hess felt her team did not play as well as it could have.

“Between foul trouble and such we gave them too many opportunities, and they took advantage of it and came out with the win,” she explained. “It was a tough loss, but I hope that we learn from that and do not get in that situation again.”

Saturday, RPR bounced back against the Broadview-Lavina Lady Pirates. By the end of the game’s initial minutes, the Renegades had a six-point lead. In the second quarter, that lead was extended to nine, 15-6.

The RPR offense finally started to roll in the third, outscoring Broadview-Lavina 15-2 to extend the Renegades’ advantage. In the final minutes, RPR put up 11 points to cruise to the 41-13 victory.

Senior Jocelyn Ott led the Renegade offense with 15 points. Blodgett added 12, and sophomore Justice Albers scored six points.

Hess said that while the team started out slower than she would have liked against Broadview-Lavina, by the time the second half rolled around the girls played well enough that everyone got playing time.

This Friday, RPR will face the Bridger Lady Scouts at home; Saturday, the Renegades will travel to play the Absarokee Lady Huskies in a cross-county matchup.

“This week both games are going to be tough ones,” Hess said. “Both Bridger and Absarokee have good teams, but I know that we can get the wins if we work hard and play to our potential.”

ABSAROKEE

Thursday, the Lady Huskies traveled to play the Fromberg Lady Falcons.

Absarokee jumped out to an early 15-2 lead by the end of the first quarter, and after two big 26-point quarters, the Huskies led the game 67-13 entering the final minutes. Absarokee won the game 72-15.

Senior Mallorey Sheppard had a big night, leading the Husky offense with 25 points. Sophomore Lexi Feddes scored 15, and senior Makensi McCally contributed 12.

Saturday was a different story when Absarokee took on the Plenty Coups Lady Warriors in an away matchup. The Huskies were again able to take the lead coming out of the first quarter, but this time it was only two points, 10-8. Plenty Coups fought back in the second quarter, outscoring Absarokee 15-6 to go into halftime up seven points.

The Lady Warriors put up more points in the third while the Huskies worked to regain their rhythm, with Plenty Coups extending the lead to 13 points. Absarokee won the scoring battle in the fourth quarter 11-8, but the damage had already been done; the Lady Warriors won 44-34.

Feddes led the Huskies with eight points, followed by McCally with six and junior Breezy Williams with four.

Absarokee Head Coach Travis Frickel said Saturday’s game showed the Huskies need to “take care of the ball and be able to hit the big shots when we’re on the road.”

This weekend, Absarokee will play in back-to-back conference games. On Friday, the Huskies will face Roberts, and Saturday they play Reed Point-Rapelje. Both are home games.

“Our district seeding is going to be very tight, so every game is important here on out,” Frickel explained.

PARK CITY

The Panthers played a tight game against the Harlowton Lady Engineers last Friday.

After a close first quarter, Harlow had the lead, 7-6. Park City was able to hold the Engineers to only two points during the second quarter while putting up eight to grab the lead by halftime, 14-9.

Harlowton came out of the break ready to play, and the Panthers suffered from a slow start. Entering the fourth quarter, the Engineers had the 24-15 advantage. Park City found the momentum in the final minutes, but it was too late for a comeback – Harlow took home the 34-29 victory.

Leading the Panther offense was senior Blakely Verke with 10 points, five assists, and five rebounds. Junior Hayley Story put up seven points, six rebounds, and three steals. Sophomore Abby Hoffman added four points.

Park City Head Coach Justine Taylor explained how the team started the game flat, which caused a series of unforced turnovers. By the time the fourth quarter hit, the Panthers finally had good energy, but by that point it was “too little, too late.”

She noted, “One aspect our girls improved upon was not getting beat on the offensive boards,” as the team has struggled with offensive rebounds throughout the season.

This week, Park City will play in a pair of games. The first will take place Thursday evening in Billings at MSU-B, as the Panthers take on the Plenty Coups Lady Warriors prior to the Yellowjacket men’s game. Saturday, Park City travels to play From-berg.

Taylor said the team “will be working to put four solid quarters together and cut down on unforced turnovers” for this week’s games.

COLUMBUS

Going into winter break, the Lady Cougars were ranked fourth in the state for Class B. Coming out of the break, Columbus faced a couple hiccups.

The first came in Roundup on Thursday evening. The Cougars came out sluggish, and failed to score a point in the first quarter to go down 6-0. In the second, the Columbus offense began to produce, but the Panthers continued to roll, and by half, Roundup was up by a 16-5 margin.

The Cougars finally got a rhythm coming out of the break and cut the Panther lead to seven. A comeback was not to be, however, with Roundup outscoring Columbus 14-4 in the fourth quarter to secure the 39-22 victory.

Cougar senior Morgan Kirch led the team with seven points and six rebounds, followed by senior Alexa Riveland with six points. Senior Talyn Richard added four points.

“Roundup plays physical and they make you earn your points,” Columbus Head Coach Jeromey Burke explained. “If you’re not ready to go to battle when you play them, you don’t stand much of a chance, and we weren’t ready for it.”

Columbus faced rival Huntley Project on Saturday. The game was a battle, but the Cougars came up short in the end – the Red Devils won the game 41-38.

Junior Liz Lorash led the Cougars with 13 points, and Burke noted that she “hit some big shots to keep us within striking distance.” Kirch had 12 points, going 5-for-6 from the field, as well as five rebounds.

“We kept ourselves in it, but just couldn’t gain any traction anywhere else to take any sort of control of the game,” Burke said. He gave Huntley credit for making some big plays when they were needed.

Conference play continues this week for Columbus with a home game against the Red Lodge Lady Rams on Friday and an away game in Shepherd on Saturday.

Burke described this week’s games as “huge,” and he noted that, “win or lose, I just want the girls to respond with some fire.” He is confident the team will be able to rise to the occasion.

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