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Ladies crush Titans

By Staff | Jan 9, 2015

Rugby High School senior forward Jacie Lovcik pulls a rebound away from TGU senior Makayla Ness in a Panther win Tuesday at Charles Hanneman Gymnasium.

Shea Heidlebaugh started hot and the Rugby High School girls basketball team followed suit as the Panthers crushed rival TGU to open District 11 play Tuesday at Charles Hanneman Gymnasium.

The junior guard scored 10 of her game-high 24 points in the first quarter and RHS ran away with a huge second quarter in the 64-20 win.

“We just got after it defensively pretty well,” Heidlebaugh said. “We’ve been talking about the full-court press, getting into the passing lanes and getting a lot more easy baskets.”

The Panthers (7-2 overall, 1-0 district) relentlessly pressured the TGU ball handlers and the Titans finished with 24 turnovers. RHS also benefited from an active post presence. Forwards Breanna Thompson, Madison Uhlenkamp and ReeAnn Christianson joined the scoring in the second quarter, which saw sophomore Lexi Zahn score TGU’s only two points of the frame.

RHS coach Jen Brossart said the theme of the evening was defense.

“The last couple of weeks we said we’re gonna raise the bar, expect more and get in shape,” Brossart said. “We wanted to focus on extending the floor 94 feet.”

Thompson, a 6-foot-1 sophomore forward, came off the bench to score 13 points.

“We’re not afraid to play any girl,” Heidlebaugh said. “We trust the girls in the game because we knew we have a lot of girls who can play.”

TGU (3-5, 0-1) is still adjusting and looking for confident scorers following the graduation of a strong senior class that included all-region player Mattie Schmitt.

“I know we’re eight games in, but we still haven’t found that knack to push it or get into a play,” TGU coach Tyler Mack said.

TGU senior Makayla Ness scored a team-high five points.

The Panthers played at Westhope-Newburg on Friday. They return home to host Drake-Anamoose on Monday.

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