First round loss to Braham ends Tigers’ season

RCHS senior Isaac Johnson, sophomore Ryan Lind and the Tigers battled the top ranked Bombers in the first round of section playoffs last week. Photo by Victoria Dahlin

By Victoria Dahlin—

After losing convincingly to the Bombers less than three weeks before, the Tiger boys basketball team had the challenge of traveling to Braham to once again face the #1 state-ranked team in the first round of Section 7AA Championship playoffs.

The #7 section-seeded Tigers shot 21 percent to the #2 section-seeded Bombers’ 48 percent. And even though Rush City had 26 turnovers to Braham’s five, in the end it was a little less of a slaughter this time, with the Tigers falling 77-23.

“We got off to a very slow start,” said Coach Jeremy Albright. “I think that fact, and the results from the last time had us playing a little timid. Give them credit. They worked hard at their game in the off-season and it showed. They will be a tough team to knock off in the tournament.

“A big thanks to those parents and fans who gave our team positive support throughout the season. Isaac Johnson and Alex Scheffer played in their last game as Rush City Tigers. I want to thank those two for their years in the basketball program, and wish them good luck in the future. I also want to give a special thanks to Jordyn Churchsmith. She is a senior this year and has taken book for me for the past four years, with this game also being her last one. Being a part of the basketball program, I know has meant a lot to her, so we thank her for all of her time,” Albright concluded.

The Rush City Tiger boys basketball team ended the 2011-12 season fourth in the Great River Conference with a 8-7 conference and 8-14 overall record.

RC vs. Braham

Isaac Johnson, senior, 5 points, 5 rebounds

Alex Scheffer, senior, 5 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists

Ryan Lind, sophomore, 4 points

Dalton Folkema, junior, 3 points

Zach Melin, freshman, 2 points

Brandon Koehnle, sophomore, 2 points, 4 rebounds

Jesse Rasmussen, junior, 2 points

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