Natalee Rolbiecki drove between two RTR players.

Loss behind them — girls roll on

 Minneota’s loss to Brandon Valley last week has been written off as learning experience to a very good team.
With that in the rear-view mirror, the Vikings went out to continue their season with an 80-44 win Monday night at Tyler.
The win upped their record to 19-1 on the season.
Taking a chapter out of a book that could have been titled, “The Strange Season,” Minneota Coach Chad Johnston said, “Normally we would tweek and fine tune things — but we’ve had one practice, then four games. We just haven’t practiced,” he said after the satisfying win over Russell-Tyler-Ruthton.
“We have to control the things we can control,” he said, adding, “We just haven’t had time to fix thins.”
After turning an 18-17 lead at Tyler into a 36-point win, the coach said, “It’s nice to be back on the hard court. This was a good win for us.”
It was a victory that included four Vikings hitting double figures. Morgan Hennen turned her fearless, driving the lane techniques into 20 team-leading points. “Morgan picked up the pace,” said Coach Johnston.
Lydia Sussner scored 17, then was relegated to the bench much of the second half as the reserves took over. Natalee Rolbiecki came off the bench to score 11 points, including five of eight from the free throw line. And Abby Hennen cashed in with 10 points.
“We must be consistent. Rolbiecki and (Abby) Roth (nine points) came off the bench and is starting to hit. We need to be a well-rounded team,” the coach said.
The Knights were in the game early, but after Minneota went on an 11-0 run in the first half — the game was tilted in the Vikings favor.
When Morgan Kockelman hit a three-point shot, the Vikings led by 10 at 27-27.
That’s when Morgan and Abby Hennen took over and Sussner began swiping the ball and would end with four steals and 14 rebounds.
A Morgan Hennen layup made it 42-23, Sussner scored to end the half and the Vikings were firmly in control, 47-26. At the half Sussner had 16 points.
“I was happy about a lot of things. In the pre-game we explained they needed to play defense. Without practice, we just didn’t know what their shooting would be like,” said the coach.
While the Vikings pressed early, “The press was not affective because did not rotate enough. In the second half we came out with good defensive pressure and rotated better.”
He added, “It’s hard to be upset with a game lie that.”
Asked about playing without Sussner, the coach added, “We need to be a well-rounded team. We’ve got to have other weapons.”

MINNEOTA (2’s, 3,’s, FT, F, TP) Audra Buysse 0 0 0-0 0 0; Lizzy Gillingham 0 0 0-0 3 0; Abby Hennen 2 1 3-4 4 10; Morgan Kockelman 1 0  1-2 1 3; Katie Konold 2 0 0-0 1 4; Mariah Muhl 1 0 0-0 1 2; Natalee Rolbiecki 3 0 5-8 0 11; Abby Rost 3 1 0-2 1 9; Jeren Rost 2 0 0-0 0 4; Madison Sorenson 0 0 0-0 0 0; Lydia Sussner 8 0 1-3 1 17; McKenna Yost 0 0 0-0 0 0. Totals 30 3 11-23 15 80,
RTR (2’s, 3,’s, FT, F, TP) Joni Biren 0 0 0-0 0 0; Borresen 0 0 0-1 2 0; Carr 0 0 1-2 5 1; Christianson 1 0 0-0 2 2; Hess 0 0 0-0 1 0; H. Muenchow 6 0 0-0 1 12; M. Muenchow 3 0 0-1 3 6; Owen 0 0 0-0 0 0; Schreurs 1 0 0-2 0 2; B. Thomsen 4 0 2-3  2 10; S. Thomsen 2 1 2-2 2 6; Wendland 1 0 0-0 0 2. Totals 18 1 5-11 16 44.
Score by Halves
Minneota     47     33    —    80
RTR            26     18    —    44
Statistics:
SHOOTING: Minneota (2’s 30 of 62 for 48 percent); 3’s 3 of 9 for 33 percent; overall 33 of 71 for 47 percent); RTR (2’s 18 of 48 for 38 percent; 3’s 1 of 8 for 13 percent; overall 19 of 56 for 34 percent).
FREE THROWS: Minneota 11 of 23 for 48 percent; RTR 5 of 11 for 46 percent.
REBOUNDS: Minneota 38 (Sussner 14, A. Rost 7, Rolbiecki 5, A, Hennen 3, M. Hennen, Kockelman, Gillingham 2 each, Sorenson 1); RTR 32 (H. Muenchow 8, S. Thomsen 5).
TURNOVERS: Minneota 16; RTR 30.
STEALS: Minneota 22 (Morgan Hennen 5, Sussner , Gillingham, A. Hennen 4 each; A. Rost 2, Sorenson, Yost, Muhl 1 each); RTR 7 (S. Thomsen 2).
ASSISTS: Minneota 17 (A,.Hennen, M. Hennen 4 each, Kockelman, Muhl, Sussner 2 each, Konold, A. Rost, J. Rost 1 each); RTR 7 (Carr 2).
BLOCKS: Minneota 2 (Sussner 2); RTR 0.

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