Braham ends Tiger run in section quarters

Payton Ramberg registered 13 points, four rebounds, two assists and one block in the section playoff game against Mora. Photos by Victoria Dahlin

Payton Ramberg registered 13 points, four rebounds, two assists and one block in the section playoff game against Mora. Photos by Victoria Dahlin

Defeating Mora in the first round of section play, the Rush City girls basketball team’s season was ended by Braham in the Section 7AA quarterfinals.

After hosting Mora only a week before, the No. 4 seeded Tigers hosted and tamed the No. 5 section seed Mustangs to earn a 63-60 win.

“After coming off an overtime win a week ago this game seemed destined to be close,” said coach Mark Henrich. “The Tigers came out strong on defense, which seemed to give Mora trouble.”

He continued:

“The first half was close for the entire 18 minutes with the Tigers leading by four at the break. The Tigers came out with intensity in the second half and built a 15-point lead behind a strong scoring effort from Payton Ramberg and Abby Scherer.

“Mora started to come back with the three ball and some fastbreak layups. They came back to within the final margin of three points. The Tigers were able to keep their composure in the final minutes on strong free throw shooting and ball control.

“Excellent win for the Tigers to push them into the next round of sections, which would send them to UMD to play the top seed Braham.”

Rush City was no match for the No. 3 state-ranked Bombers and was crushed 106-28 when No. 1 section seeded Braham rolled over the Tigers last Saturday on its run for another chance at state.

“The Tigers could not get things going against the tough defense of Braham,” said Henrich. “Braham’s defense was not the only tough aspect of their game, but they were able to hit shots in their half court offense as well.”

Coach added:

“Rush City was able to get some offense going in the second half and continued to play hard on the defensive end. The Tigers ended their season playing one of the top teams in the state.

“The Tigers should be stronger next year while only losing one senior, Abby Scherer, who with her strong play in the last five games propelled us to having a home section game and leading us to Duluth again. The coaching staff would like to thank Abby Scherer for her efforts this season and wish her the best in her future plans.

“The entire team would like to thank the fans for their strong support of the team for the season.”

The Rush City girls basketball team finished the 2012-13 season tied for fourth with East Central in the Great River Conference with a 9-7 conference and 13-11 overall record.

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