Basketball: Royal girls cruise at Brainerd 66-34

By Bruce Strand 

Elk River Star News

The Rogers girls beat Brainerd, a section rival, 66-34 on Saturday on the Warriors court.

“We were able to  play everybody, and we were able to work on a new defense, too,” said Rogers coach Karlee Anderson. About Brainerd, she said, “We were too big for them.”

Rogers is 10-6 overall and 3-3 against section teams. Brainerd 2-12.

Lindsey Dorr scored 14 points, Taylor Anderson 12 and Marina Nowak 8 to lead Rogers.

In earlier action, Taylor Anderson and Lindsey Dorr each tallied 18 points as the Rogers Royals picked up their first conference win 61-52 over Cambridge-Isanti Jan. 15 in Cambridge.

Dorr, 6-foot-1 junior post, snagged 10 rebounds, blocked several shots, and made 6-of-6 free shots.

Anderson, sophomore guard, made four assists and was 6-for-7 at the line.

Taylor Paulsrud added 11 points, seven of them in the last minute of the first half as Rogers took a 26-22 halftime lead.

The Royals (1-1 conference, 9-6 overall) cashed 18 of 26 free shots and were 3-for-5 on 3-pointers.

Lily Porta netted 14 points, Brynn Liljander 13, and Justine Larson nine for Cambridge-Isanti (1-1 conference, 8-5 overall). The Bluejackets were 17-for-29 on free shots.