Natalee Rolbiecki tried to stop a Lynx shot. Lydia Sussner was behind her.

Vikings throw away game to Brandon Valley

After two attempts to schedule a game against Brandon Valley (12-3) had to be cancelled due to poor weather conditions, the Vikings braved another winter storm on their way to play the Lynx on Tuesday night.

The cold weather outside seemed to follow the Vikings onto the court to start the game, as they dropped their first game of the year, 59-39.

It was a night when the offense completely fell apart. The Vikings (17-1) threw the ball away 25 times compared to four turnovers for the hometown Lynx.
Brandon Valley also  capitalized on poor free throw shooting by the Vikings and coupled that with a physical full court press that left the Vikings scrambling. 

the Vikings hit just 10 of 24 free throws and committed 22 fouls, resulting in 13 of 23 free throw shooting for Brandon Valley.

The Lynx used this combination to jump out to a 15-9 first quarter lead.

 In the second quarter, Minneota seemed to adjust to the style of play and fought their way back into the game. Lydia Sussner led the Vikings with 12 first half points and the Vikings were able to tie the ball game at 24 heading into halftime.

 The third quarter was a physical, low scoring period as Brandon Valley retook the lead and headed into the final stanza with a 36-32 lead.
In the fourth quarter, Minneota appeared to finally succumb to the physical full court press that Brandon Valley had deployed all game long. 

The Lynx pressure, combined with the poor free throw shooting doomed the Vikings.

Sussner ended the game with 20 points and 11 rebounds but she was the only Viking to get into double digits in the scoring column. Abby and Morgan Hennen had seven apiece.

For Brandon Valley, they rounded out their scoring with 15 from Trinity Law; 11 from Ashley Wells and 10 from Danica Kocer.

One bright spot for the Vikings was their work on the glass as they out rebounded the Lynx by a margin of 35 to 24.  Unfortunately the extra possessions didn’t translate to victory on this night.

MINNEOTA (2’s, 3’s, FT, F,TP) Lizzy Gillingham 0 0 1-5 2 1; Abby Hennen 2 0 3-4 1 7; Morgan Hennen 3 0 1-4 2 7; Morgan Kockelman 0 1 0-0 3 3; Natalee Rolbiecki 0 0 0-0 0 0; Abby Rost 0 0 1-2 2 1; Jeren Rost 0 0 0-0 0 0; Lydia Sussner 8 0 4-9 4 20; Mariah Muhl 0 0 0-0 0 0. Totals 13 1 10-24 14 39.
BRANDON VALLEY (2’s, 3’s, FT, F, TP) Hannah Behrens 3 0 0-0 5 6; Abby Finch 0 1 0-0 0 3; Emma Jarovski 2 1 1-2 4 8; Danica Kocer 2 1 3-3 1 10; Jazymn Larson 1 0 0-2 2 2; Trinity Law 4 1 4-6 3 15; Hailey Pieper 0 0 0-0 2 0; Ashley Wells 3 0 5-8 3 11; Lauren Wells 2 0 0-2 4; Mara Schaap 0 0 0-0 2 0. Totals 17 4 13-23 24 59.
Score by Quarters
Minneota                 9    15  9     7   — 39
Brandon Valley        15  9    12   23 — 59
Statistics:
SHOOTING: Minneota (2’s, 13 of 40 for 33 percent; 3’s 1-7 for 14 percent; overall 14 of 47 for 30 percent); BV (2’s 17 of 45 for 38 percent; 3’s 4 of 19 for 21 percent; overall 21 of 64 for 33 percent).
FREE THROWS: Minneota 10 of 24 for 42 percent; BV 13 of 23 for 57 percent.
REBOUNDS: Minneota 35 (Sussner 11; M. Hennen 9, Gillingham 5; A. Hennen 4; J. Rost, Kockelman 2 each; Rolbiecki, A. Rost 1 each); BV 15 (Jarovoski 6, Behrens, Law 4, :ieper 3, Kocer Wells 2).
TURNOVERS: Minneota 25, BV 4.
STEALS: Minneota 4 (Sussner 2, Rolbiecki, M. Hennen 1 each); BV 15 (Kocer, Law 3 each, Wells, Wells, Jarovoski 2 each, Behrens, Pieper, Tekrony 1 each).
ASSISTS: Minneota 5 (A. Hennen 3, M. Hennen, Sussner 1 each);  BV 2.
BLOCKS: Minneota 5 (Sussner 4, M. Hennen 1); BV 2 (Behrens, Law).

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