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Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
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The Rushford-Peterson girls basketball team: Sub-Section 1A East Champs. Photo by Paul Trende

The basketball season is done for all but one Fillmore County Journal covered school. Rushford-Peterson High School stands tallest at the end of the 2013-2014 campaign. Their boys are section champs and headed to state. Their girls finally broke through the 1A East title game. They’ll play for the Section 1A crown.

Section Three-Peat for Boys

The 2013-2014 boys Section 1A title was about Rushford-Peterson (#3 in state, 28-1) in more than one way. On top of the Trojans making their fifth straight final, their opponent, 1A West champ Goodhue (19-10), entered with a head coach familiar to R-P fans. Matt Halverson was a starting guard on R-P’s last state title team (2006). In his first year as head coach of the Wildcats, Halverson had a plan versus his alma mater R-P and mentor Tom Vix. Slow it down. Slow it way down. Do not get in a frenetic track meet with the speedy Trojan piranhas. Goodhue limited the game’s possessions with a very patient approach offensively and very good defense. The two things held R-P to an easy season low in points. Yet ultimate success belonged to the Trojans. The game was the anti-thesis of a track meet. The halftime score was 16-13 Trojans. The teams combined for 43 possessions (25-seconds per possession). The Trojans forced 12 Wildcat turnovers, but per 7 of 21 shooting, they didn’t really capitalize. Things didn’t change much in the second half. At times, the Wildcats seemed content to pass the ball from guard to guard to the high post, without much offensive aggressiveness. The slow paced defensive struggle limited R-P (a team that averages 73 points per game) to four second half field goals (in the 1A East final versus Spring Grove, Alex Vix had as many in the first half, and Austin O’Hare five in the second half). Three of the four makes were part of a very protracted 9-0 Trojan run. O’Hare hit a three around the 13-minute mark. Jorli Hauge had a rebound-put-back basket around the 9-minute mark. Charlie Krambeer hit a three around the 7-minute mark. Those were the only points in about 6-minutes of game action. Krambeer’s trifecta gave R-P a 25-16 lead. Goodhue responded with five unanswered points (25-21). R-P then got their fourth FG, a beautiful give and go from Hauge to Cole Kingsley (27-21 Trojans, under five left). From there, the Trojans made 11 of 15 FT’s down the stretch. Goodhue was never out of it. Trojans fans couldn’t relax until the end. But the Wildcats never got it to a one possession game either. An Alex Thomforde three with 0:35.9 to go made it 33-29, but Krambeer immediately hit two FT’s. Showing some grit, playing a brand of basketball they usually don’t, in unorthodox fashion, R-P trudged through Goodhue 38-31. It is their third straight Section 1A title, their third straight trip to state. Kingsley led R-P (12 pts, 4 rebs, 3 assists, 4 stls). He had a couple marvelous hustle plays defensively, chasing down and stripping a Wildcat player with a break-away, negating sure-fire lay-ups. Hauge added 7 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals. Riley Augustine (10 pts) and Riley Bollum (8 pts, 4 pts, 3 stls) paced the Wildcats. The second half featured 41 possessions (26 seconds per possession). R-P’s critical edges were at the charity stripe (12 of 21 to Goodhue’s 3 of 4) and in turnovers (11 to Goodhue’s 19). The Trojans, riding a 13-game win streak, are the third seed in the state play-offs. They will play Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (21-7) at Williams Arena.

Freshmen Propel Girls to Section Final

One offensively ugly game featuring Rushford-Peterson then led to another. Just two days later, the Trojan girls (1-seed, 22-4) took the court versus Fillmore Central (2-seed, 14-12) with the 1A East Sub-Section on the line. It was again a game defined by defense, as two teams very familiar with each other (R-P won two regular season meetings) struggled mightily to score. Trojan leading scorer (17.4 per), senior PG Kendra Crawford, was held to two points (her first single digit scoring effort of the season) on 1-12 shooting. Falcons leading scorer (13.5 per), junior SG Morgan Malley, was also held to two points on 1-9 shooting. The Falcons got field goals on two of their first three possessions, but then only one the rest of the first half. R-P got a basket on their second possession, but then went 14 possessions before again getting another. With turnovers abundant (25 total collectively), the Trojans led 13-10 at the intermission. Out of the break, the Trojans didn’t score for 6-plus minutes. FC scored six points over that protracted span to lead 16-13. Shortly thereafter, actual clocks struck the noon hour. Evidently, that is when R-P’s girls wake up on Saturdays. After hitting on just 5 for 25 FG’s through the first 26 minutes of action (38 possessions), the Trojans hit 7 of 9 FG’s over a 4-plus minute span (seven possessions). Freshman Brianna Koop authored three of those baskets. Fellow freshman Ashley Agrimson (who entered the contest averaging 1.8 PPG) authored three FG’s as well. Agrimson’s shots were in succession, and the back-end of a 14-2 Trojan run that put R-P up 29-18 with around 5:30 to go. Two possessions later, R-P ran a minute plus off the clock before getting a game-sealing Koop three that made it 32-20 (2:26). After back-to-back losses in the Sub-Section finals (courtesy of Spring Grove), the Trojans finally broke through to the section title game with a 34-20 win over the Falcons. Koop (14 pts on 5-10 FG’s, 3-4 FT’s, 5 rebs, 3 stls) and Agrimson (career-high 8 pts on 4-4 FG’s, 3 rebs, 3 stls, 3 blks off the bench) led the way. Crawford contributed elsewhere (5 rebs, 4 assists, 3 stls). The same went for Malley (8 rebs, 2 assists) for FC. Sammi Bakke led the Falcons with 6 points. Kendyl Bennett (another frosh) had 5 (pts) and 7 (rebs). FC was 7 of 34 (20.6%) shooting with 25 turnovers. R-P was 13 of 40 (32.5%) with 13 TO’s. R-P moves on to face West champ, #1 in Class A Goodhue (25-4). FC, devoid of any seniors, finishes at 14-13 (their first winning season since ’10-’11) as 1A East runners-up.

First Loss, Last Loss, Only Loss

It’s a bitter way to end a season, losing your first game, your only game. The #3 in Class AA Chatfield girls (1-seed, 24-0) trekked into their 1AA East final with P-E-M (2-seed, 24-4) in the midst of a truly special season. There is no doubt, a 24-1 mark, at least for the time-being, is a hugely disappointing. The Bulldogs didn’t upset Chatfield. P-E-M, ranked #10 in class AA, is awfully good. The regular season meeting was a great game between to excellent squads, one won by the Gophers 64-61. The 1AA East final was no different, in front of a plethora of Bulldog and Gopher fans in Mayo Civic Auditorium. Chatfield led the majority of the first half and 32-27 at the intermission. To begin the second half, P-E-M beat the Gophers up on the offensive glass. The Bulldogs got back to even and then ahead 44-39. Chatfield replied with a 10-1 run to lead 49-45. At roughly the 6:40 mark, Camille Rasmussen hit a baseline jumper to give Chatfield a 53-50 lead. It would be the last Gopher field goal. Back-to-back 3-point plays by Bulldogs Karlie Gilbeck (53 all) and Sarah Hart gave PEM a 56-53 lead. Intermixed between those scores, the Gophers had a key possession where they got three nice looks in close, but couldn’t connect. A Tessa Hubbard driving lay-up with 1:08 made it 58-54. Kirsten Keefe made a couple FT’s (58-56; 1:01). Hubbard made one-of-two (59-56; 0:34). Sidney Irish made two (59-58; 0:21.7). Sarah Hart then made two (61-58; 0:18.8) setting up the finish. First, Keefe missed a wing three. The Gophers got an offensive rebound. Maddie Talamantes then let fly a corner three. Time expired as the ball was in the air, but the shot was untrue, expiring Chatfield’s season. PEM prevailed 61-58. The victory can be attached to the aggressive drives and offensive glass work that led the Bulldogs to have a FT edge (22 of 31 to 11 of 15). The 3-point line was also unkind for the Gopher ladies (3-16). The senior forward Rasmussen led Chatfield. She hit baseline-jumper after baseline-jumper enroot to a career-high 14 points (6-8 FG’s, 6 rebs). Keefe and sophomore Sydney Gould each had 8. P-E-M got three in double digits, Hart (15 pts, 5 rebs, 3 stls), Hubbard (15 pts, 5 stls), and Hayley Rau (10 pts all in the second half, 10 rebs). Rau’s offensive rebounding spearheaded the Bulldogs early second half effort. It doesn’t happen too often that a team wins 24-straight out of the gate. No matter the finish, it was an extraordinaire three-plus months for the Gopher girls. They will push on, as S. Irish, Rasmussen, Morgan Henry, and Mariah Pederson are the only seniors.

GBB Semifinals

Trojans Fend Off Cougars Upset-Bid

If there was a plan for the R-P girls (1-seed, 21-4) versus Mabel-Canton (4-seed, 15-9), it was probably force turnovers, get easy baskets, and execute in the half-court. If M-C has a plan, it was probably, don’t turn the ball over, force the Trojans into a half-court game, and take good shots. M-C’s plan probably went the most right. The Cougars had turnovers, but they maximized their offensive opportunities (shot 52% for the game). Yet, the Trojans still walked out of the teams’ 1A East semifinal winners. They held off upstart M-C’s upset bid. R-P began 7-2, but from there, until real late, it was a dog-fight. The Cougars led by as many as nine (28-19) in the first half. R-P pushed back to lead by one (36-35) at the half. Senior 1,000-point guards Kendra Crawford and Lydia Geving dueled (16 points each). In the second half, M-C got a 9-2 run midway through to lead 55-48 with 6:37 left. Then came R-P’s run. At the 4:01 mark, Trojan senior Hope Morrison hit a three to tie the game at 57. Two possessions later, Crawford hit a pair of FT’s to give R-P the 59-57 lead. Another possession later, one that proved critical, the Trojans’ effort on the offensive glass netted four shot attempts. The last, a Brianna Koop lay-up put R-P up 61-57 with around 3:00 to play. After trailing 55-48, R-P finished the game 20-5. During that span, M-C went 1-8 from the field and 3-7 from the FT line. Shots that had fallen suddenly rimmed out. R-P moved on to their third straight 1A East title game courtesy of a 68-60 win. Crawford (27 pts on 12-15 FT’s, 6 rebs, 5 assists, 8 stls), Koop (15 pts, 5-7 FG’s), and Morrison (13 pts, 4-6 three’s) led R-P. Geving (21 pts, 8-14 FG’s, 4 stls), Sara Lind (12 pts, 6-7 FG’s), and Carly McCabe (11 pts) did the same for M-C, which also got a nice boost from Abby Hanson (7 pts, 5 rebs) off the bench. Turnovers (23 to R-P’s 17) and a FT discrepancy (R-P 21-39, M-C 10-17) did the Cougars in. M-C’s fine season finishes at 15-10. They’ll lose highly-experienced seniors Geving, Lind, McCabe, and Hanson.

Defense, Broadwater Propel Falcons

It wasn’t pretty. But winning because of your defense usually doesn’t lend its hand to offering up an aesthetically pleasing brand of basketball. The Fillmore Central (2-seed, 13-12) girls uglied it up against three-time reigning 1A East champ Spring Grove (3-seed, 19-7), and came out on top. The result is all that matters. With leading scorer Morgan Malley held to a pedestrian eight points (she had 30 the first meeting with SG) and then exiting the game early (4:17) with five fouls, 5’4” freshman PG Kenzie Broadwater ran the show and stole the show. The teams slugged out a half-court first 18:00, with FC holding a 22-19 edge at the intermission. The score was tied a 29 in the second when the Falcons went 12-2. Broadwater scored six and (likely) assisted the other three FG’s. Spring Grove never really responded (even after Malley’s DQ). The two points they scored opposite FC’s run was their last field goal of the game (roughly the 9-minute mark). FC didn’t put the game away. They made just six of 15 FT’s down the stretch, but their defense was always present. It held the Lions to just 3 of 19 shooting (15.8%) in the second half, and 9 of 35 shooting (25.7 %) for the game. The Falcons notched their second win over SG this year, and ended the Lions run atop 1A East, with a 51-40 victory. It was Broadwater’s game. She finished with 15 points and 10 assists. Her hands were on 35 of FC’s 51 points. Junior forward Sammi Bakke added 8 (pts) and 10 (rebs) and freshman Tayah Barnes had 9 points (7-10 FT’s).SG was led by junior C Samantha Bratland (18 pts, all three of the Lions’ second half FG’s), and senior F Nicole Elllingson (14 pts, 8 rebs). It’s the Falcons first trip to the 1A East title game since the Connor Nagle-led 2010-2011 squad. FC also got a little redemption on SG. The Lions had bounced FC from the play-offs five of the previous six years.



1AA East semis; 4-seed Cotter (15-12) 24, 1-seed #3 Chatfield (23-0) 48 (Chat: M. Talamantes 16 pts, 6-9 FG’s, 2-3 three’s); K. Keefe (14 pts, 5 rebs, 3 assists, 4 stls); Maddy Larrabee (9 pts, 3 rebs, 4 assists). Cot: Gabrielle Bowlin 10 pts. Gophers began game 14-2 and led 35-7 at halftime))

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