Tiger girls procure pair of big wins

Jessica Bottomly, pictured here against Mora, had two points and three rebounds versus Onamia last week. Photo by Victoria Dahlin

Jessica Bottomly, pictured here against Mora, had two points and three rebounds versus Onamia last week. Photo by Victoria Dahlin

After annihilating the Panthers, the Tiger girls basketball team scratched out a win in overtime against the Mustangs last week.

Rush City dominated Onamia from the start taking a 34-14 lead at the half and in the end won 62-20 sending the Panthers home licking their wounds.

“Tonight was Parent’s Night at Rush City, and the girls showed great appreciation toward their parents in a spectacular win over Onamia,” said coach Mark Henrich. “The girls came out very aggressively against Onamia and continued this style of play for the entire game. Contributions by every member that played was outstanding.”

Last Thursday section rival Mora came to Rush City and put up a fight in a white knuckle game.

“Thursday night was Senior Night where Abby Scherer and Courtney Arvidson were honored for their dedication to the sport of basketball,” said Henrich. “It was also Pink Out the Gym Night, a great fundraiser for breast cancer research.”

He continued:

“The game started out very slow with not much action on the scoring with the score at the half being 16-13 in Rush City’s favor. The second half things started to heat up and become more intense. The Tigers were up as much as six points in the second half, but Mora came back on some key plays in the paint along with some timely free throws.

“The score was tied at 39 in the closing seconds. Both teams had chances to score but could not put the ball in the basket. The game was extended for another four minutes. The Tigers were the aggressors in the over-time period.

“The game came down to Sammi Herberg making a driving layup and a foul to put the Tigers up by two with four seconds left to play. Mora had a last second shot that banked off the board hitting the rim and coming off as the horn sounded.

“I am very proud of how the girls played with composure and control in this game giving themselves a chance to win. I would also like to thank the people who purchased T-shirts for our Pink Out the Gym effort. And lastly thank you to the fans at the game; it was great to hear the support for the girls who played an exciting game.”

The Rush City girls basketball team is tied for fourth with East Central in the Great River Conference and has a 9-7 conference and 12-10 overall record. The No. 4 section seeded Tigers will host the No. 5 section seed Mora (7-19) in the first round of Section 7AA Championship playoffs at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27. The winner of that game will face the winner of the No. 8 seed Pine City versus No. 1 seed Braham in the section quarterfinal at University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, March 2. The section semifinals will take place at UMD at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 5 and the section championship at UMD at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7.

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