Strong second half leads RSM past MMCRU

Thursday, February 2, 2017

By: Allen Hamil, Sports Editor Le Mars Daily Sentinel REMSEN -- After an even first half, Remsen St. Mary's got the offense to click in the second half and came away with a 48-29 victory on Friday, January 27. MMCRU trailed 9-2 in the first quarter, but began to climb back into the game, beginning with a 3-pointer from Rae Tucker. The Royals closed the half on a 16-9 run, but couldn't keep the momentum going in the second half. RSM Head Coach Scott Willman said the team made some changes at halftime to their game plan. "We changed up our offense at break against their zone and it helped us free up some shooters and inside play," Willman said. "A press also proved effective." The Royals kept it within a couple possessions until late in the third quarter when the Hawks began to pull away, helped in part by a 3-pointer before the buzzer by Paige Willman, one of her three 3-pointers of the game as she finished with a team-best 15 points. She also added four assists and three steals. The Royals came up with 20 offensive rebounds but could not convert those into second-chance points as the team shot just 22 percent from the field and made just 4-of-25 3-point attempts. Willman said the Royals were able to control the boards more than he would have liked. "We did give up too many offensive rebounds to a scrappy MMCRU team and that's something we will work on," Willman said. Emily Moser was the biggest recipient of rebounds for the Royals, finishing the game with eight. Aliyah Jackson paced the Royals with nine points and four steals. Kayla Alesch added eight points and a trio of rebounds and assists. For the Hawks, Haley Delperdang just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds. Erika Strassner and Hannah Loutsch finished with eight and seven points, respectively. RSM travels to South O'Brien on Tuesday, Jan. 31, while MMCRU faces West Sioux on Monday, Jan. 30.