by Bruce Strand
Free-throw accuracy helped the Rogers Royals hold off the Moorhead Spuds 60-50 at home on Saturday evening, Dec. 15.
Lindsey Dorr led Rogers with 17 points. Taylor Paulsrud added 13 points, Taylor Anderson 12, Courtney McClay 10 and Kelsey Frain seven. McClay led with 10 rebounds.
Anderson was 4-for-4, Paulsrud 4-for-5, McClay 6-for-8 and Dorr 5-for-7 on free shots.
Rogers built a 48-30 lead, saw it dwindle to six points with some ball handling issues, then regained control at the end.
“We held on,” said coach Karlee Anderson. “We want to score, score, score, and push the ball, and sometimes we have to be more patient.”
For Moorhead (2-5), Hailey Wixo sank 13 points and Melissa Groth 11. The Spuds made five 3-pointers, and 11-of-15 free shots.
“Moorhead has a lot of outside shooters that we had to identify,” said Anderson. “We did that for a while and then got lax.”
The Royals cruised 66-31 over Bemidji at home Friday evening, leading 40-6 at the half.
Lindsey Dorr with 12 points, Kelsey Frain with 10, and Megan Dobberstein and Courtney McClay with 8 each, led the Royals (4-2), who had 11 players score.
“The girls came out on fire, and never let up,” said coach Karlee Anderson. “We have Moorhead tomorrow, and we will do the same things, pressure the ball and get up and down the court.”
The Royals sank 22 of 28 at the line as they improved to 5-2.
In earlier action, the Simley Spartans, ranked No. 3 in Class 3A, overtook the Rogers Royals in the second half and won 61-51 Tuesday, Dec. 11, in Rogers.
Freshman post Abby Kane scored 20 points for the Spartans (4-2). Alexis Boyd-Lockett sank 15 points including three 3-pointers. Aeijah Lockett added 12 points, and Maya DeLao 11. The Spartans made 15 of 17 free shots.
Lindsay Dorr notched 20 points for Rogers (3-2) and Taylor Paulsrud was next with eight.
Rogers led 28-25 at halftime but the Spartans took control in the second half. Royal coach Karlee Anderson noted that Simley had two good posts and two point guards who could handle the ball and shoot.
Rogers was to play at St. Cloud Tech on Tuesday.