Panthers roll over Royals into regional semifinal

Thursday, February 22, 2018
MMCRU’s Madison Treinen, sophomore guard, directs the offense in the Royals’ season ending regional loss to Kingsley-Pierson in Kingsley last week. (Photo by MMCRU Journalism)

KINGSLEY — Jumping out to a 20-4 lead after a quarter, Kingsley-Pierson went on to win 68-32 over MMCRU in a 1A girls regional quarterfinal on Tuesday, February 13.

The win marks 10 consecutive for the Panthers as they continue on their postseason journey in hopes of a third straight state tournament appearance.

Addison Hirschman led the Panthers with 17 points, one of four players in double digits, as she added nine rebounds and a team-best four assists.

Sophomore Gretchen Ruba drives inside in MMCRU’s regional quarterfinal loss to Kingsley-Pierson last week. (Photo by MMCRU Journalism)

Jayde Barto added 15 points with a pair of 3-pointers and pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds.

Bri Jensen had half of the team’s 18 steals as she scored 11 points and dished out three assists.

Madison Goodwin was the final player in double figures as she scored 10 points.

MMCRU was paced by Gretchen Ruba and her nine points and five rebounds.

Madison Treinen ended with six points after hitting the team’s only two 3-pointers. She was 2-of-5 from beyond the arc while the rest of the team went 0-for-11 from that distance. Treinen also led the Royals with four steals.

Faith Olson finished with five points along with three each in the categories of rebounds, assists and steals.

The team was without leading scorer Aliyah Jackson, who averages over nine points per game.

MMCRU ends the season with a record of 11-12, an improvement over last season’s 5-17 mark. The team graduates Aspen Woodall, Mahaley Dirks, Megan Loutsch as well as Jackson, but will bring back a strong core for next year as the team looks to have their first winning season as MMCRU.

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