PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL: Strong second half lifts Canby past RTR

Photos by Kyla Gundvaldson RTR sophomore Jonni Biren (25) defends against Canby senior Sydney Sisk during the Knights’ game against the Lancers on Thursday night.

TYLER- The Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Knights hosted the Canby Lancers on Thursday where the Knights fell to the Lancers 72-45.

After the game was tied in the early stages, Canby took control. Morgan Viessman put up a 3-pointer with eight minutes left in the first half to extend Canby’s lead to 20-13. The Lancers held the lead for the remainder of the first half to lead 33-23 going into halftime.

The second half contained 35 fouls which is where a large majority of the second half points came from. Natalie Dinius for Canby went 12-14 on the night while Tina Haroldson went 5-12 from the charity stripe.

The Knights fought hard to come back from a seven-point deficit at the start of the second half but just could not keep up with the Lancers.

The Knights took a timeout with 5:59 left in the second half while the Lancers led 54-40. Still with plenty of time to come back, the Knights worked to stop the offensive capabilities of the Lancers but it was Canby that continued to extend its lead. One final timeout was taken with 1:50 remaining in the game but Canby came out with the win.

Canby head coach Jeff Thovson was happy that his team could head home on Thursday night with their sixth overall win on the season.

“It takes a team to win and everybody contributed so I am proud of all of our kids.”

Canby is scheduled to play Wheaton/Herman-Norcross today, weather permitting.

“Wheaton is a very good ball club. It’ll be a big game for us because they are a good team,” said Thovson.

RTR coach Josh Fredrickson had a lot to say about his team’s performance on Thursday.

“I thought we came out and played really hard and had a lot of energy. I was really happy with that.”

The Knights’ game against the Minneota Vikings originally scheduled for tonight has been rescheduled to Monday.

“It will be a tough battle but hopefully, if we play with energy like we did tonight, I think we will be able to stay within range of them,” said Fredrickson.

After Thursday’s game, Canby extended their overall record to 6-0 and remains undefeated while RTR has an overall record of 2-4.

Canby            33  39 – 72

Russell-Tyler-Ruthton    23  18 – 45

Canby (6-0 OVERALL) Hansen 1-5, 2-4, 5; Viessman 3-8, 3-5, 9; Dinius 5-19, 12-14, 22; Sisk 2-2, 2-2, 6; Deslauriers 1-1, 0-0, 2; Leppke 2-6, 4-4, 8; TOTALS: 25-34 (73.5%) 72 PTS.

RTR (2-3 OVERALL) Buchert 1-1, 0-0, 2, Haroldson 5-17, 5-12, 15; Hess 1-1, 0-0, 2; Alexis Nelson 1-1, 0-0, 2; Hallie Lingen 4-8, 1-4, 10 Jonni Biren 1-4, 1-3, 3; TOTALS: 12-29 (41.4%) 45 PTS.

REBOUNDS: RTR 34 (Christensen 8) CANBY 44 (Dinius 9)

ASSISTS: RTR 7 (Haroldson 3) CANBY 11 (Sisk 4)

STEALS: RTR 11 (Haroldson 4) CANBY 5 (Sisk 3)

BLOCKS: RTR 0 CANBY 1 (Varcoe)



RECORD: RTR (2-4, 0-3 Camden) CANBY (6-0, 2-0 Camden)

NEXT GAME: RTR (Monday vs. Minneota); Canby (Today vs. Wheaton/Herman Norcross)