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Lady Trojans season ends with loss to #1 seed Minneota The Lady Trojans saw their season come to an end last Saturday, losing to the Section 3A North top ranked Min- neota Vikings 60-37. The game capped off a busy week of basketball for Or- tonville. On Tuesday, Feb. 22 the Lady Tro- jans would play host to the #9 ranked Canby Lancers in a rescheduled game. Ortonville knew it would be a chal- lenge taking on the Lancers being led by Riley Nordgaard. The Lady Trojans were able to keep it close for the first couple of minutes. Then Nordgaard took over for the Lancers with her re- bounding and scoring. She would score several buckets in transition and also break down the Trojan defense and hit some good jump shots. At the half the Lancers took a 28-12 lead. At halftime the Lady Trojans dis- cussed a different defense. They came out ready to play and early on it was working. The Lady Trojans were able to close the gap to 10 and had some op- portunities to make it closer but the shots were not falling. The Lancers were then able to make some adjust- ments and pull away with the victory 52 -40. "We played well against a very tough opponent," said Coach Bob Foley. "We just needed a few more shots to fall and a couple of more stops on the defensive side of the ball. I was very pleased with the effort the girls came out with in the second half." Leading the Trojans in scoring was Amber Scherer with 17, followed by Morgan Messmer with seven. Others scoring were Brenna Giese with five, Theresa Hoffman had three, Samantha Peterson and Kara Helgeson each with two and Bonnie-Joy Smith with four. Leading rebounder for the Trojans was Samantha Peterson with four. Kara Helgeson and Brenna Giese followed up with three rebounds of their own. Samantha Peterson also led the team in assists with two and steals with two. Theresa Hoffman and Bonnie-Joy Smith also had two steals each. Or- tonville shot 11 for 34 from two point range for 32 percent and four for 13 from three point land for 30 percent. From the charity stripe they were six for 15 for 40 percent. Last Thursday. the Lady Trojans played host to the #9 seeded Lakeview Lakers in first round play of Section 3A. The Lakers traveled to town two weeks earlier and the Lady Trojans were able to come away with the vic- tory. The Lady Trojans were hoping to have a repeat of that night. The first half was similar to the game a couple of weeks earlier, a little sluggish to start the game and just not able to get the ball to go in the hoop early. Then Morgan Messmer came alive for Ortonville and would go four for four from the three point line, Pro- viding the spark they needed to lead at the half 23-11. In the second the Lakers showed they did not want their season to end. They would fight back hard and close the gap to about 10 several times, but luckily for the Trojans they were not able to get any closer. The Lakers changed their defense up and worked on shutting down Messmer. This al- lowed Samantha Peterson to go off and have her best game of the season as Samantha would end up scoring 14 in the second on her way to a game high 18. "Samantha had been struggling after coming back from her surgery," said Foley. " It was great to see her put to- gether a game like that especially in the playoffs." The Lady Trojans would go on to the victory 59-38. Leading in scoring for the Trojans was Peterson and Messmer each with 18. They were followed by Brenna Giese with six, Amber Scherer had five, Theresa Hoffman with three, Re- becca Peterson with three, Kara Helge- son and Bonnie-Joy Smith each with two, Jenae Schneider and Lauren Con- roy each with one. Leading the Trojans in rebounds was Samantha Peterson with 11 (seven offensive), Smith, Helgeson and Messmer each with seven and Hoffman and Scherer each with five. Leading the team in assists was Amber Scherer with three. In the steals category Scherer and Messmer each had three. Peterson and Smith were having a block party as they both had three blocks on the night. Ortonville went 10 for 36 for 28 percent from two point range and five for 14 for 36 per- cent from three point range. They were 24 for 41 from the free throw line. The Lakers only took 25 as a team going 11 for 25. The victory meant the Lady Trojans would travel to Montevideo to take on the Section 3A North number one seeded Minneota Vikings who are also ranked #4 in the state in class A on Sat- urday, Feb. 26. The Lady Trojans came out early determined to make the Vikings earn every bit of it. The Vikings would get the tip and come down and score on the first possession. An early turnover gave the ball right back, but the Trojan de- fense stopped the Vikings from scor- FIVE STAR ..... All Wheel ....... Drives Red w/16k miles Silver w/lk miles Leather, DVD's & Mo luxury $111rs ing. Ortonville would come down and give the ball to Samantha Peterson for the early two. Both teams battled back and forth in the first five minutes of the game. The Trojans would find them- selves up 11-10 early. However, from that point forward the Vikings would show how and why they received their high ranking as they would go on a 24-7 run to finish the half off. "At halftime we disscussed the de- fense of the Vikings and the help they provide to each other and the ways to get around that," said Foley. "Unfortu- nately they were a bit too much for us." The second half saw a lot of similar things as they were towards the end of the first half. The Minneota Vikings went on to beat the Lady Trojans 60 - 37 to end the Lady Trojans season. Leading the Trojans in scoring was Samantha Peterson with 13, Amber Scherer had eight, Morgan Messmer with four, Theresa Hoffman and Re- becca Peterson each with three, Brenna Giese, Kara Helgeson and Bonnie-Joy Smith each had two. Scherer lead the team in rebounds with six, followed by Smith with four. Scherer and Messmer each had two assists and Scherer and Smith would lead the team with two steals. The Lady Trojans shot 10 for 34 for 29 percent from two point range and from beyond the arc were four for 13 for 31 percent. Ortonville went five of seven from the free throw line for 71 .percent. The loss ended the Lady Tro- jans season with a 9-13 record overall and 3-3 in Pheasant Conference play. "I am extremely proud of how hard the girls worked and all their accom- plishments on the season," said Foley. "I would also like to thank all the par- ents, fans, workers at games, custodi- ans, and everybody that has supported the Lady Trojans this season. It is greatly appreciated by myself and the players." Trojan gymnastics team end season at Section 6A Meet The Trojan gymnastics team wrapped up the 2010-2011 season by competing at the Section 6A meet in Morris on Saturday, Feb. 19. Melrose was once again the Section champions with a 144.05. They were followed by Sartell with 131.55, New London- Spicer with 128.95, Litchfield at 128.57, Willmar with 128.3, Benson at 120.1, Morris with 113.75 and Or- tonville at 99.45. Going into this meet the Ortonville coaches didn't set their sights on a big team score, but were hoping for a score of around 105. Senior Mallory Adel- man was out of town, while junior Rachel Berger was battling a bad case of influenza. With two top athletes down and out it was a struggle to hit a big team score. Junior Destiny Eastman peaked at the right time on uneven bars and hit her cleanest routine of the season and led the team on this event. While Rachel Berger was ill, she still made the effort at all around. Junior Kaitlyn Kottke had a few bobbles on beam, but #569 GPS Sunroof- DVD Chrome Wheels .i Grand Cherokee00 Laredo | 1500 4x4 1 Quad Cab 1 Owner P. Seat, P. Brakes R Windows P. Locks & More I-TON" Cummins DIESEL Dually 23,000 Nice Flex Fuel Trailer Tow 20" Chrome More #601 MIILES _Trucks! 2007 Priced , ,,, i still led the team on this event and floor exercise. Sophomore Hannah Eustice pulled a solid one fall beam routine and showed a new maturity and confidence CO-GYMNAST OF THE WEEK is Destiny Eastman. She performed her strongest bar routine of the sea- son and connected all her new skdls at the Section Meet. that will help start her off strong next season. Other competitors were ShaRaye Redfield, Kirsten Giese and Kersten Cooper. Most of the section teams train all season at private clubs and the reality is all the Trojans can expect is togive their best effort and challenge them- selves individually to accomplish the level of routines they are capable of performing. Scores for the event were: Vault-Rachel Berger 8.25; ShaRaye Redfield 7.85; Kersten Cooper 7.8; Destiny Eastman and Kirsten Giese 7.45. Floor Exercise-Kaitlyn Kottke 6.95; ShaRaye Redfield 6.85; Rachel Berger 6.3; Hannah Eustice and Kersten Cooper 5.8. Uneven Bars-Destiny Eastman 5.75; Rachel Berger 5.175; Hannah Eustice 4.8; ShaRaye Redfield and Kersten Cooper 4.55. Balance Beam-Kaitlyn Kottke 5.935; Hannah Eustice 5.8; Rachel Berger 5.525; Kirsten Giese 4.975 and ShaRaye Redfield 4.625. All around was Rachel Berger with 25.25. The team is planning their Awards banquet on Sunday, March 6 at 6 p.m. at the Matador Supper Club. SENIOR SAMANTHA PETERSON goes in for two of her game high 18 points in the Lady Trojans 59-38 win over the Lakeview I.akers in the first round of the Section 3A North piayoffs last Thursday at Trojan Gym. TRYING TO GET AROUND A MINNEOTA DEFENDER is Lad. Trojan freshmanguard Brenna Giese in their Section 3A game alainst Minneota last Saturday. Minneota ended the Lady Trojans season with a 60-37 win. Ortonville finished 9-13 on the season. Lady Trojan B-squad finishes season 13-5 The Ortonville Lady Trojans B- 'squad finished their season on Tues- day, Feb. 22 hosting the Canby Lancers. Ortonville won the game 33- 30. Leading scorers in the game were Amanda Goergen with 19 points. She was followed by Brenna Giese and Michaela Radermacher each with four, Jenae Schneider with three, Mary-Kate Treinen had two and Becca Peterson with one. Ortonville finished the season with a 13-5 record. They were under the di- rection of first year coach Ivy Lovgren. Tuesday, March 1,2011 00INDEPENDENT Page 7 # t l '