Tiger girls hoopsters falter against two of three conference rivals

The Rush City girls basketball team went up against three conference rivals and came away with one win last week.

First, the team hosted Isle (in a game previously postponed due to poor weather) and were walloped by the Huskies 80-28.

Isle has a 11-1 conference record, with its only loss being to No. 4 state- ranked Braham.

“Isle was hot from the floor early while Rush City could not seem to get things going and found themselves down by a large margin at the half,” coach Mark Henrich said. “The Tigers could not pull themselves out of the hole, but continued to play hard until the end.”

Things went better for the Tigers when they hosted Pine City and chilled the Dragons with 62-30 victory.

“A new night and a different opponent,” Henrich said of the win. “The Tigers were ready to play and jumped out early against the Dragons.”

Aggressive defense was key in the victory.

“A tough defense created many turnovers for Pine City, which led to points for Rush City, Henrich said. “The team played well together on the offensive end with contributions by each player for a nice win.”

Last Friday, the team traveled and fell 52-47 to the Aitkin Gobblers.

“The first meeting was won by Aitkin by five points,” Henrich recalled. “This game started with Aitkin getting out to an early lead, but Rush City fought their way back into the game and only trailed by five at the half.”
He added, “The second half was a battle with both teams exchanging baskets, but Rush City was never able to get the lead.”

Henrich sees more improvement for his team this season.

“I am very proud of how the girls played as a team and look forward to them putting this effort together again for the rest of the season,” he said.

The Rush City girls basketball team is tied for fourth with East Central in the Great River Conference and has a 7-6 conference and 9-9 overall record. The Tigers will travel to Isle to face the Huskies (15-5) at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15, before hosting the Onamia Panthers (1-20) at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19. The team will then host the Mora Mustangs on Pink Out the Gym and Senior Night at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21.

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