Tigers rule jungle of the cats in girl hoops

Payton Ramberg, pictured here at Braham, had nine points, 11 assists, four rebounds and three steals in last week’s games against the Jaguars and Lions. Photo by Victoria Dahlin

Payton Ramberg, pictured here at Braham, had nine points, 11 assists, four rebounds and three steals in last week’s games against the Jaguars and Lions. Photo by Victoria Dahlin

Neither Jaguars nor Lions could measure up to an ambush of Tigers who came ready to play — on the basketball court, that is.

The Rush City girls basketball team slaughtered the Hinckley-Finlayson Jaguars 71-39, and then tamed the Ogilvie Lions 45-32 last week.

In the first game, the Tigers took the lead and never looked back before fans on their home floor.

“The girls played very well against Hinckley-Finlayson,” said coach Mark Henrich. “Haylie Gilbert hit five three-pointers in the first half to help the team get out to a nice lead. The girls continued to add on to the lead in the second half. Every player that entered the game contributed to the win.”

Then on Thursday, the team took the trip to Ogilvie and came out of a very physical game on top.

“Ogilvie got out to an eight point lead within the first two minutes, but after a timeout Rush City calmed down and started putting points on the board,” said Henrich. “Abby Scherer hit an 8-foot shot with time running out in the first half to put the Tigers up by four. Rush City fought off some threats by Ogilvie in the second half, but never gave up the lead.”

Coach added, “The Tiger defense and rebounding really set the tone.”

The Rush City girls basketball team is tied for fourth with East Central in the Great River Conference with a 6-4 record. The Tigers, at 8-7 overall, will face the 15-5 Gobblers in Aitkin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, before hosting the 10-6 East Central Eagles on Pink Out the Gym and Senior Night at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12.

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