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Lakers rout struggling RHS

By Staff | Jan 17, 2014

Tim Chapman/PCT Rugby High School sophomore Shea Heidlebaugh drives through the Des Lacs-Burlington defense in Tuesday’s game in Burlington.

BURLINGTON – Darby Deckert might be on to something. After the Rugby High School girls basketball team suffered another setback to Des Lacs-Burlington (6-1) on Tuesday, the junior guard was quick to put the Panthers’ struggles in perspective.

“I just think we need to relax,” Deckert said.

DL-B won 48-31 behind senior guard Courtney Vogel’s game-high 23 points. Vogel penetrated the RHS defense with ease and the Lakers found open players often down low. RHS (3-5 overall) looked lost on defense and offense.

“We’re gonna look to see if we can find a group of girls that’s gonna come out and put the ball on the floor and look to shoot the ball,” RHS coach Jen Brossart said. “I don’t have much more to say than we gotta find some leaders that can take the bull by the horns, run the offenses that we want run, or execute the play, and do something with the ball when we have possession.”

The Panthers lacked patience at times and failed to be assertive approaching the rim. Deckert led the team with nine points and sophomore Shea Heidlebaugh added eight.

Vogel took advantage and pushed the pace throughout the contest and led a 12-0 run to start the second quarter. The lead ballooned to 35-17 at the half.

“It’s a confidence booster and it wasn’t just one person tonight,” Vogel said. “Everybody did everything. Everybody scored, everybody played defense, everybody stole the ball, everybody helped each other, and that was the key to the game.”

Brossart was baffled by her team’s inability to respond to DL-B’s runs, but cited lack of conditioning as a point of emphasis going forward.

“I found out some things tonight,” Brossart said. “For a team of our size, who lacks the inside ability, we’re not in shape to go full court right and we’re gonna be in shape by the end of the year.”

Deckert said the team gets into ruts when they’re not working well together and communicating. The Panthers also couldn’t catch a break as simple shots failed to fall.

“We practice shooting all the time and it’s fine there and then for some reason we get to games and it’s just kind of off,” she said. “The first half our defense was fine and it was good, but then we just couldn’t get anything on offense going. And then we got tired and then we kind of got lazy and started fouling.”

The Panthers hosted Harvey-Wells County on Thursday and host Sawyer on Tuesday.

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