12/6/2012 8:39:00 PM Two overtimes, two wins for RHS girls
by Mike Dalton
Two was the lucky number for the RHS girls basketball team last week. They played two overtime games, and won all two by a total of two points.
Randolph hosted Southwest Christian Academy of Chaska Tuesday, winning 51-50 in double overtime. RHS had a shaky first half, scoring only 12 points while committing 20 turnovers, but did a much better job of attacking the basket in the 2nd half.
"We got some points in the paint, both with our post players and with our guards driving to teh basket," coach Mike Haase said. "That opened up the perimeter where Kelsie Jo Endres and Breanna Wille were able to give us timely outside shooting."
Wille helped the Rockets at the end of regulation, scoring once herself and finding Jenny Werner in the middle for an easy two. Regulation play ended with a 41-41 score.
Each team scored five points in teh first overtime, with Abby Meyer scoring two for the Rockets and Wille three. Randolph out-scored Southwest 5-4 in the second overtime. Endres was clutch in that stanza, knocking down a three and then scoring the game-winner with less than eight seconds remaining.
Werner had 14 rebounds and 11 points, Meyer 13 rebounds and seven points, and Wille had fie assists and six steals to go along with eight points.
On Friday the Rockets went to Schaffer Academy, returning home with a 42-41 win.
The game was close from the start, with the halftime score 16-16. "This was a solid team effort; we rotated 11 players through the lineup and got solid contributions from everybody," Haase said.
Ashleigh Dralle and Madi Taylor hit back-to-back 3-pointers late in the game to give RHS a lead, but Schaffer took a 1-point lead with under a minute to play. With 18 seconds on the clock, Randolph took a time out. Meyer made a 6-foot jump shot to give the Rockets a 41-40 lead.
Both teams made tactical errors in the final seconds, fouling and putting the other team at the free throw line. Randolph fouled first, and Schaeffer made one free throw. Taylor Bickman was fouled while chasing a rebound after the missed second shot, and she calmly made the winning free throw.
"What a roller coaster the final seconds were!" Haase exclaimed.
Taylor led the scorers with 10 points, Dralle had seven, Wille and Werner six each, and Wille had nine rebounds. Bickman had five points and 10 rebounds.
The 2-0 Rockets hosted New Life Academy Tuesday. The are at Blooming Prairie Friday and Bethany Academy Saturday, then host Cleveland on Tuesday, Dec. 11.