NRHEG gets back on track; USC still looking for first win

Published 10:45 pm Friday, January 12, 2018

Panthers rout Rebels in girls’ basketball matchup

WELLS —  Friday night’s girls’ basketball game saw a United South Central team looking for its first win of the season against a NRHEG team looking to get back on track after losing its last two games.

The Panthers were able to control nearly every aspect of the game, as they beat the Rebels 60-29.

After junior Lizzy Baird was able to score on the Rebels’ first possession of the game, the Rebels were able to hold the Panthers scoreless for the first three minutes. The Panthers’ opening drought was stopped by junior Olivia Christopherson with a corner three. Christopherson was a big key to the Panthers sticking with the Rebels during the first eight minutes of the game.

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United South Central was able to match NRHEG’s powerful offense throughout the first 10 minutes of the first half. At that point, NRHEG was able to get its primary scorer, Betsy Schoenrock, the open looks she needed.

United South Central freshman Kaitlyn Dylla powers up for a layup in Friday night’s game against NRHEG. Dylla finished with three points in the game. – Tyler Julson/Albert Lea Tribune

Schoenrock and the Panthers took over the game from that point forward. The teams would go to the locker rooms with the Panthers on top, 27-11.

Schoenrock led all scorers at the half with 10 points. Rebels senior Morgan Pyzick wasn’t far behind with eight.

The deficit would only grow in the second half for the Rebels. After cutting to within 12 points, the Rebels went on a shooting slump while the Panthers stayed hot. The Panthers went on a 25-6 run to build upon their lead and put the game well out of reach for the Rebels.

Schenrock led the Panthers with 21 points, senior Kelly Harden had 10 and Christopherson had eight.

The Rebels were led in scoring by Pyzick with 13 points, and freshman Izzy O’Rourke finished with seven.

The Panthers climb to 9-4 on the season and will play again Saturday against Sleepy Eye in the Hayfield showcase.

The Rebels fall to 0-11 on the year and will look to get their first win Monday when they face off against St. James Area.

NRHEG junior Olivia Christopherson shoots a wide open three to open scoring for the Panthers. Chistopherson would end the game with eight points. – Tyler Julson/Albert Lea Tribune

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Tyler Julson covers sports for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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