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Focused fourth quarter not enough for RSM girls against South O'Brien

Thursday, December 6, 2012

REMSEN -- The Remsen St. Mary's Hawks were edged out by the South O'Brien girls Tuesday 55-42.

The Wolverines (5-1) jumped out to a 15-3 lead in the first quarter of the conference matchup.

RSM (2-2) started the game with four turnovers right off the bat.

"That's kind of the tell-tale story," RSM girls' coach Nick Staab said. "We kind of dug ourselves a hole right away and we couldn't get out."

The Hawks made up some ground by halftime, but the Wolverines still led by nine, 27-18.

Coming out of the break, South O'Brien powered up for a 22-point quarter, stretching their lead to 20 points over RSM.

"In the first seven possessions of the second half we had four turnovers and three missed shots," Staab said. "It was tough."

South O'Brien was on the mark right away, going on a 6-0 run to start the second half.

"We need to bring more intensity," Staab said.

The Wolverines led 49-29 going into the fourth quarter.

RSM only allowed six points in the final stanza, scoring 13 of their own, but it wasn't enough to take away the Wolverines' win.

"We hit some threes toward the end and we figured some things out. We started making some shots," Staab said. "We were shooting pretty quick and hitting some threes. Then they'd come back and we'd foul them and they'd hit a few free throws."

South O'Brien earned the win Tuesday, Coach Staab noted.

"They're a nice team, they're pretty athletic, and they have a lot of juniors so they'll probably be very good next year," he said.

For RSM, the Hawks had eight girls in the scoring column.

Senior Makenzie Ricke and sophomore Alexis Bunkers led with seven points, while senior Paige Harpenau, junior Lyndsie Schorg and senior Anyssa Trejo each added six.

"We were pretty balanced; we just need to score more," Staab said. "We're passing up some open shots that we need to take. We're not taking advantage of when we have some fast break opportunities."

For RSM, senior Miranda Staab and Schorg each grabbed six rebounds.

Harpenau added three steals and Staab logged two assists for the night.

The Hawks started with a press on the Wolverines, but had to go a different route after South O'Brien quickly scored.

"Our defense wasn't bad; our biggest problem is we need to score more points," Coach Staab said.

For the Wolverines, junior Rachel Struve led scoring with 21 points.

"She's really athletic. We just couldn't stop her," Staab said.

Struve was a major contributor to the Wolverines' 55-point finish.

"That the most points we've given up. Usually we hold teams in the 40s," Staab said. "We just couldn't get any flow going in the first three quarters."

The Hawks next travel to Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn at Hartley for a conference matchup.

"We're looking for more intensity," Staab said. "We're slow starters. We need to get over that We need to pick up the pace."

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