By Bruce Strand
Elk River Star News
The Rogers Royals captured the championship of the Jordan holiday tournament, outlasting the host team 74-70 Saturday, Dec. 28.
Junior forward Marina Nowak led the Royals (5-3) with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Senior post Lindsay Dorr added 11 points and 13 rebounds as the Royals controlled the boards.
“It was a team victory, and we got a nice little trophy,” said coach Karlee Anderson. “We had 40 rebounds. We used a box-and-one on No. 32 and did a good job on her in the second half. Taylor Paulsrud made some big shots for us at the end.”
The Royals overcame a 38-point outburst by Jordan’s Madison Dean, 25 of them in the first half as the Jaguars led 36-30 at the break. The 5-10 senior guard has signed with Drake.
Taylor Anderson added 10 points and Paulsrud nine for Rogers. Jessie Mathews had 10 for Jordan (5-2).
Rogers scoring — Adri Tjeerdsma 5, Bailey Miller 4, Dani Karels 2, Taylor Anderson 10, Paige Kalthoff 6, Taylor Paulsrud 9, Bella Wilson 5, Marina Nowak 20 (12 reb), Hannah Sjerven 2, Lindsay Dorr 11 (13 reb).
In earlier action, facing their coach’s home town team, the Royals cruised 74-39 over the Rockford Rockets in the first round of the Jordan holiday tournament Friday.
Senior center Lindsay Dorr led with 19 points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots. Bailey Miller notched 12 points and Mackenzie Buttenhoff and Marina Nowak nine each.
Rockford, 1-6 this year, is the alma mater of Royals’ second-year coach Karlee Anderson.
Rogers won by 35 despite not shooting well as they were 29-for-78 overall and 2-for-15 on 3-pointers. At the line, they were 14-for-20. The Royals made less than 10 fouls while pressuring the Rockets into numerous mistakes.
Rogers scoring — Maddie Mikolich 2, Bailey Miller 12, Dani Karels 8, Paige Kalthoff 2, Taylor Paulsrud 2, Taylor Anderson 8, Bella Wilson 1, Marina Nowak 9, Hannah Sjerven 4, Megan Dobberstein 2, Lindsay Dorr 19 (11 reb, 6 blk)
Rogers will return to action at Dassel-Cokato on Friday.