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Lady Trojans winning streak at four, host KMS tonight : half and in over time was the key." stated Hoernemann. CGB kept battling late in regulation causing Ortonville to turnover the ball and then they capitalized at the free throw line. Strobel for CGB sent the game into over time. Ortonville had a four point lead late in OT when CGB went the length of the floor and got a three-pointer to fall by Kyrsten Karsky right at the buzzer. "The girls played hard and it was an exciting win!" said noernemann. Leading the way for the Lady Tro- jans was Morgan Messmer with 20 points and three rebounds. Amber Scherer had 15 points and three steals. Ashley Eastman had 13 points, three steals, and six rebounds. Bonnie Smith had six points, three steals, and 11 re- bounds. Kara Helgeson added three points and four rebounds. Sam Peter- son and Rikki Roscoe rounded out the scoring with two points. RaeAnn Thompson did not get into the scoring column, but as always, gave the team a great defensive effort. On Thursday the Lady Trojans trav- eled to Renville and picked up a 60-37 victory. "This game brought two very dif- ferent halves for us. We were down five points at half time, 21-16. We came out strong both offensively and defensively in the second half. We scored 44 points and only allowed t 6." said Hoernemann. Morgan Messmer led the way with The Lady Trojans have a four-game winning streak going after picking up three wins last week. The action started last Tuesday when Ortonville took on the CGB Wolverines on Par- ent's Night. In their first conference meeting, CGB won 51-43. This time around Ortonville won in over time 61- 60. At half time, the score found CGB up by one, 36-35. In that first half, Or- tonville had some balanced scoring from the perimeter against CGB's 2-3 zone. Amber Scherer had 12, and Morgan Messmer and Ashley Eastman had nine a piece. "Ashley, Amber, and Morgan, com- bined for six three-pointers in the first half. The girls were moving the ball arQund nicely on the perimeter and finding each other with the skip pass," said coach Sheila Hoernemann. The second half found Ortonville adjusting both offensNely and defen- sively. Defensively, they keyed in on Kyrsten Karsky by playing a box and one. Karsky had 12 points in the first half and only four in the second, as Morgan Messmer had the assignment tO quiet her down. Offensively, the Trojans were not getting the open perimeter shots that they had in the first half. "We ended up going eight for eight from the free throw line in the second half as we looked to attack the basket. We were three for 11 in the first half. Hitting our free throws in the second DRIVING THE BASE LINE enroute to two of her 13points is senior guard Ashley Eastman of the Trojans. Ortonville defeatedCGB last Tues- . day at Trojan Gym in overtime 61-60. The Lady Trojans will host KMS. tonight (Tuesday) beginning at 6 p.m. 17 points, going eight for 10 from the, charity stripe. Morgan also grabbed, eight rebounds. "Morgan has been.. playing some great ball. She attacks. the basket strong and has been hot from the perimeter." said Hoernemann. Ashley Eastman had 13 points, three steals, and five rebounds. "Ashley has really been stepping it up, This was her second game in a row scoring 13 points. She also is attacking the basket strong making things hap- pen. She was six for eight from the free throw line and she knocked down her outside shots as well." said Ho- ernemann. Amber Scherer added nine points. Bonnie Smith had seven points and 10 rebounds. Kara Helgeson and Sam Pe- terson each chipped in six points and had nine and eight rebounds respec- tively. Emily Giese got her first var- sity points as she got a lay up just as time expired. RaeAnn Thompson, Rikki Roscoe, and Jessica Valek played aggressive defense, but did not score. Saturday the Lady Trojans extended their winningstreak to four as they hung on to beat the Hillcrest Comets, 53-47, on the University of Minnesota, Morris campus. The Lady Trojans had a commanding lead at halftime 32-17, but had some unfortunate happenings that had them scratching and clawing to hang on for the win. "Ashley and Mergan had an awe2 some first half. Ashley hit four three- pointers, with one being out near the NBA range. She had 14 points and Morgan had 11 to end the first half. The team got numerous steals off our full-court press and things seemed to be going good. However, Bonnie Smith and Amber Scherer were in foul trouble early and had to sit out to pro- tect themselves." said Sheila Hoerne- mann. "In the locker room at half time, we learned that Morgan would not be playing the second half after getting hit in the sternum. In fact, Morgan headed back to Ortonville to get checked out at the hospital." The second half found the Comets battling back to within two points. However, Ortonville hung on and pulled out the win. "The gifts should be very proud for pulling out that game. I'm sure it was very difficult to play not knowing how Morgan was doing. We overcame another obstacle as Bonnie Smith fouled out early in the second half. The bench stepped it up when we needed them." said Hoeme- mann. Ortonville was led by Ashley East- man with 21, Morgan Messmer with 11, Rikki Roscoe and Sam Peterson with six, Amber Scherer and Bonnie Smith with two, and Jessica Valek with one. Kara Helgeson and RaeAnn Thompson also contributed by pulling down rebounds and getting steals. Ortonville will play KMS tonight (Tuesday) beginning at 6 p.m. 2009-10 Section 3A Team Wrestling Tournament #1 Minneota #1 Minneota #8 RCW I Feb. 18-6:00 p.m. I Site: Minneota #9 Redwood Va ey Feb. 18 7:15 p.m. Site: Minneota Feb. 20 1 p.m. at Granite Falls #5 YME Feb. 18 7:00 p.m. Site: Minneota #4 Pipestone #2 BOLD #7 Canby #2 BOLD Feb. 20 2:30 p.m,. at Granite Falls Feb. 18-6:00 p.m. Site: BOLD #10 MACCRAY #6 Benson Feb. 18 - 6:00 p.m. Site: KMS #11 Ortonville Feb. 18 7:15 p.m. Site: BOLD I , Feb. 18 7:15 p.m. Site: KMS FOb. 20 1p.m. at Granite Falls #3 KMS #3 KMS ORTONVILLE EIFTH GRADE BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM is undefeated on the season. They have won tour- naments in Ortonville, Clinton and Wheaton. Team nembers are pictured above. In front from left to right are Colin Hartman, Mason Kuechenmeister, Tyler Ruby and Nate Trenen. Back row left to right are Britton Con- roy, Alex Gustafson, Deric Radermacher, James Erickson, Braden Bohlman and Coach Chris Conroy. Trojan free throw shooting seals win over Fighting Saints The Trojan boys basketball team played two games last week, the first being a conference game at'Graceville against the CGB Wolverines last Thursday. Ortonville had won the first game played in Ortonville, but knew this would be a tough game on the Wolverines home court. The game was close throughout, but the Trojans struggled from the field, hitting 16 of 53 shots for 30 percent in losing to CGB 51-45. "We knew this would be tough," said Coach Jay Orvik. "Neither team shot the ball particulary well. I was proud of our defensive effort, we just couldn't score enough points." Jesse Roscoe led the Trojans with 24 points, 10 rebour)ds, four assists and two steals. Tate Messmer had his first double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Shane Lindahl added six points and Michael Winther and Dan Berdan each had two. Coach Orvik pointed out that Roscoe and Messmer each had good games offensively, with Dan Berdan playing a good defensive game. Roscoe sat out most of the first half in early foul trouble. The Trojans committed nine turnovers, shot six of 10 from the free throw line for 60 percent and grabbed 32 team rebounds. The Trojans were able to bounce back the next night hosting the KMS Fighting Saints and coming away with a 68-66 win. Ortonville shot the ball much better in this game, hitting 24 of 57 shots for 42 percent. They were also 15 of 27 from the free throw line for 71 percent. KMS started the game hitting six of 10 three point shots that concerned Coach Jay Orvik. "I thought I was having a flashback nightmare from last year's Ellsworth game," said Orvik. "We were able to hit some key free throws down the stretch that helped us to the win. This made Parents Night even sweeter." Dan Berdan led the Trojans with his best scoring performance of the season scoring 24 points. Jesse Roscoe had his seventh, double-double of the year scoring 16 points and grabbing a sea- son high 17 rebounds. Charlie Stattel- man added 11 points, Shane Lindahl had six, Tate Messmer five, Austin Swanson had four and Michael Winther added two. The Trojans cleaned up on the boards with 42 team rebounds. "Stattelman, Roscoe, and Dan Berdan all had good nights scoring," said Orvik. "And Shane Lindahl sealed the win going six of six from the free throw line, proving he is one of the better free throw shooters in the area." The Trojans have a busy week with three road games. They will be at Wheaten tonight (Tuesday), at Dawson on Thursday and at Morris on Satur- day. Teens to create commercials discouraging texting, driving Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) and AAA Minnesota/Iowa is calling on Min- nesota's teenagers to do "thumbthing" about the dangers of texting and driv- ing by participating in the Don't Text and Drive, Teens! TV Commercial Challenge. Minnesota teens in grades 9-12 are eligible to create and produce a 30-sec- ond TV spot to communicate the dan- gers associated with driving while texting and the solutions to avoid the dangerous and illegal behavior. Since August 2008, texting, emailing, com- posing messages and web browsing has been illegal for drivers of all ages with violations costing up to $300. The top spots will be selected by DPS, AAA Minnesota/Iowa and a teen panel for public online voting in May. AAA Minnesota/Iowa will award first- , second- and third-place finishers with $1,000, $600 and $400, respectively. The winning spot will make its televi- sion broadcast premiere in spring 2010. Rules and entry forms are online at Spots are due to DPS by April 19, 2010. Teens are also encouraged to post their spots on the DPS Office of Traffic Safety page ("MnDP$_OTS-Traffic Safety"). "Teens have the opportunity to de- liver a positive, life-saving message so their friends get their thumbs off the phone and back on the wheel," says Gordy Pehrson, youth traffic safety co- ordinator of DPS Office of Traffic Safety. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teens -- a group overrep- resented each year. due to driver inex- perience, risk-taking behavior, distractions, nighttime driving, speed- ing and seat belt non-use. During 2006-2008, 118 teens (ages 16-19), were killed and another 577 were seri- ously injured in crashes. DPS reports that distraction or inat- tention factors in at least 25 percent of all crashes annually, resulting in at least 70 deaths and 9,000 serious injuries. Pehrson recommends teens put their cell phone out of reach when behind the wheel and encourages passengers to handle calls and texts for drives to reduce distraction. He also reminds teens and their parents that cell phone use for drivers with a provisional li- cense is prohibited by law. View finalists and the winning spot from the 2009 Buckle Up, Teens! TV Commercial Contest at www.rockthe- belt .org. TEACHING GYMNASTICS TO THE K-THIRD GRADE are members of the OHS girls gmnastics team. Ap- proximately 40 girls took part in the clinic over the past few weeks run by Coach Becky Holtquist and her team. The young athletes were taught the basic fundamentals of gymnastics and had a fun time on all the equipment. Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010 00INDEPENDENT Page 7