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Vix/R-P denied

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
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Rushford-Peterson Coach Tom Vix came into the week sitting on 499 wins. After two games, he'll sit there a week longer. His Trojans played two worthy adversaries. The Kingsland Knights, on paper, were the smaller hill. R-P already defeated the Spring Valley-Wykoff conglomerate earlier this year (by three). Length was a factor, as Jacob Harder used his to dominate R-P's lack thereof. He scored 27 points, but got help too. Tanner Lange and Justin Buchholtz each added 10. Harder's performance usually would've been game high, except R-P's Nick Thompson nailed six three's and tallied 30 points. Trent Vix added 14. A key stat was free throws. Kingsland shot 40. Though they made only 18, it was still more than twice the number R-P shot (6 for 7). Paul Eckheart's Knights prevailed 68-61.

If Kingsland was a small hill, Caledonia resembled a mountain. At 21-3 overall, and 17-1 in conference, Josh Diersen's 9th ranked Warrior's only losses were to Austin (an 11-win AAA squad), double-A #1 PEM, and single-A #3 Minnesota Transitions Charter School (a 16-win team from Minneapolis). Caledonia also beat R-P 62-37 in January. A month-plus made a huge difference. Offense was hard to come by, though R-P hit seven-trifectas. Their defense, or offense, held Caledonia to a season low 37 points. Unlike versus Kingsland, the Trojans only got moderately butchered at the free throw line (5 for 10 versus 1 for 3). They just didn't have enough to pull off an upset. The Warriors eked out a 37-36 victory. Thompson and Vix led R-P with 11 and 10 apiece.

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