RC basketball girls notch two wins

Tigers hold Ogilvie, Hinckley-Finlayson to low scores—

After dropping its season opener by just three points to Moose Lake-Willow River two weeks ago, the Rush City basketball girls have come back with a vengeance to earn two straight wins on the road.

The Tigers took on Ogilvie in their first Great River Conference matchup last Tuesday and won, 55-15.

Leading contributors were junior Payton Ramberg, who went 5-7 from the field for a team-high 16 points, and junior Haylie Gilbert with 11 points. Sophomore Lindsey Williams put up nine points while senior Alissa Mell added six points and 10 rebounds.

Two days later against Hinckley-Finlayson, the Tigers took down another conference foe and section opponent 56-31.

Payton again paved the way for the Tigers, this time going 7-10 in field goals and three steals. Gilbert added another 11 points, while sophomore Sydnie Sybrant recorded nine points. Junior Kayla Nelson earned six points, nine rebounds and five steals while Mell added five points, eight rebounds and three blocks.

Between the two games, the Tigers tallied 28 steals and eight blocks for a strong defensive showing.

Rush City is now 2-1 and next host Pine City at home at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19.

The Dragons are 1-2 this season and have yet to score more than 39 points in a game.

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