Tigers still searching for first win at home

Published 10:47 pm Friday, January 26, 2018

Owatonna offense is too much for Albert Lea

The Albert Lea girls’ basketball team hosted Owatonna Friday night looking to grab its first home win this season.

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Unfortunately, the Tigers played a hot-shooting Huskies team that was in the middle of a three-game win streak. The Tigers would lose to the Huskies, 76-43.

Albert Lea was helped slightly in the first half with a pair of three-point baskets from senior Rachel Rehnelt and sophomore Turena Schultz. However, they were plagued by turnovers and a relentless full-court press put on by the Huskies.

Albert Lea senior Lydia Boorsma dribbles around a defender Friday night against Owatonna. Boorsma scored five points, pulled down four boards and blocked one shot. –
Tyler Julson/Albert Lea Tribune

One of the bright spots in the first half was Rehnelt, who scored nine of the team’s 18 first-half points. However, the Tigers defense was unable to hold up against the much faster offense of the Huskies. The Tigers went into the halftime break down, 41-18.

Albert Lea came out in the second half playing a much more physical game on both sides of the court.

The Tigers were able to get to the line multiple times, but were only able to convert half of the time, going six for 12 from the free-throw line. They were able to increase their offensive production in the second half as well, but the fire power of the Huskies was too much.

The biggest difference in the game was the turnover category. The Tigers committed 24 turnovers to the Huskies’ 11.

Albert Lea senior Allison Christenson looks to pass the ball into the paint Friday night. Christenson led the team with eight rebounds. – Tyler Julson/Albert Lea Tribune

Rehnelt led the team in scoring with 18 points and shot an impressive 67 percent from inside the three-point line. Schultz finished with nine points and senior Lydia Boorsma had five.

Senior Allison Christenson led the Tigers in rebounds with eight, freshman Madison Fleek grabbed six and sophomore Samantha Skarstad had five.

Albert Lea falls to 2-15 on the season and will be back on the court Tuesday when the team travels to Rochester to take on the 4-13 Century Panthers.

Players from both the Albert Lea and Owatonna teams gathered for a photo before the game, showing their support for the fight against cancer. – Tyler Julson/Albert Lea Tribune

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Tyler Julson covers sports for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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