By Bruce Strand
Elk River Star News
Northern trips have been enjoyed by the Rogers girls basketball team this season. The Royals beat Duluth East 61-39 in the port city on Saturday, marking the third time they’ve gone up north and brought back a win.
Lindsey Dorr led with 17 points. Taylor Anderson ad Courtney McClay each added 10 and Marina Nowak nine. McClay and Dorr each had around 10 rebounds. The Royals made 13 of 15 free shots and were 3-for-8 on three’s.
Previously, the Royals (14-9) won non-conference games at Staples-Motley and Brainerd.
Rogers coach Karlee Anderson was mainly hoping the team could bounce back from a tough loss the night before — to Cambridge-Isanti in double-overtime 73-64 (see below).
“We needed to get our energy and fire back,” said the coach. “That loss to Cambridge was so mentally draining.”
Rogers will get accustomed to traveling, although normally not so far. They’ll have just one home game in February. That lone home game is Tuesday against Buffalo.
Brynn Liljander poured in 38 points, including all 11 of her team’s spoints in the second overtime, as Cambridge-Isanti foiled the Royals 73-64 there Friday evening.
The hard-driving point guard had just five points at halftime but sank 33 in the second half and overtimes.
Regulation ended 53-53 and the first overtime 62-62. Rogers had a 2-point lead and the ball late in the first OT but gave up a turnover and a basket.
Nowak had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Rogers. Anderson netted 15 points and Dorr 14.