By Victoria Dahlin—
After losing to Foley earlier in the week, the Rush City girls basketball team hosted Pine City and crushed the Dragons, with senior team member Danica Schellbach scoring her 1000th point.
The Tigers got out to an eight point lead at the beginning of the game last Friday, only to see their lead cut to two by the end of the half. But with the score 29-27, Rush City came out hot in the second half and expanded on the lead, behind the combination of full court pressure and strong offensive rebounding. The Tigers took control and came out with a 62-46 victory.
Schellbach was 17 points short of the 1000 mark at the start of the game, but reached the milestone off of a pass from Kristy Carlson in the first half. Coach Mark Henrich presented Schellbach with a plaque commemorating her accomplishment in front of a cheering crowd.
A second milestone was made in the first half by Pine City’s Gretchen Linzmeire who broke her school’s record as all time leading scorer for both boys and girls.
“Congratulations to Danica Schellbach and Gretchen Linzmeire for reaching two great milestones in their high school careers,” said Coach Henrich.
On Jan. 3, Rush City traveled to Foley to face the Falcons in an exciting game with numerous lead changes, but in the end fell 68-53
“The Tigers could not find an answer to the Falcons’ hot shooting in the second half,” said Coach Henrich. “The Tigers played their best game of the season but could not pull off the win.”
The Rush City girls basketball squad is ranked second in the Great River Conference with a 4-0 conference and 6-2 overall record. The Tigers will host the 5-4 Royalton Royals at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 before traveling to Braham to face the #4 state-ranked Bombers (11-1) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17.