RSM downs Lynnville-Sully in state quarterfinals
DES MOINES — Strong finishes to both halves led Remsen St. Mary’s to a state quarterfinal victory over Lynnville-Sully on Monday afternoon, March 5, as they advance to the semifinals in back-to-back seasons with a 73-59 win.
RSM Head Coach Scott Ruden said the team was able to find ways to attack the basket in the win.
“When we can get by athletes man-to-man and one-on-one, we can play basketball,” Ruden said. “The boys just loved it because it seemed like there was more space to push the basketball. Our gameplan was to push because we thought we had an advantage there and I believe that really won the game for us, is our transition fast breaks.”
The third-seeded RSM team fell behind early as after a Brody Ricke layup to start the scoring, Lynnville-Sully went on an 8-0 run with 3-pointers by Jesse Van Wyk and Tanner Foster fueling the run. RSM had to play catch-up for most of the first quarter with Carter Kuchel tying the score with a triple, part of his 11 point game, before Tyson Vander Linden answered on the other end. From then on, Lynnville-Sully couldn’t hit a shot from beyond the arc the rest of the half.
It was a back-and-forth beginning to the second quarter until a strong close to the half pulled RSM in front. After being tied at 26 apiece, RSM went on an 8-0 run to force a timeout from their opponent before stretching the run out to 13 consecutive points before Lynnville-Sully tacked on the final two points of the half with a pair of free throws to make the game 39-28 at the break.
“The second quarter we got out and pushed, got adjusted a little bit and had a great run at the end,” Ruden said. “Third quarter we came out, didn’t push the basketball. They went into a kind of triangle-and-two and it kind of slowed us up a little bit.”
The lead hovered in double digits for RSM for a good chunk of the third quarter before Lynnville-Sully shut down RSM for the final 4:18 of the quarter. While RSM couldn’t do much offensively, their defense only allowed six points to their opponents during the same stretch to still maintain their lead. Lynnville-Sully’s leading scorer for the season, Van Wyk, was limited to just six points as foul trouble kept him off the floor. He picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter.
A 3-pointer by Foster early in the fourth quarter, part of his team-high 19 points, pulled Lynnville-Sully to within three points, but that would be as close as they would get in the game. RSM responded with a strong run to take control of the game, scoring 12 unanswered points, capped by a triple from Spencer Schorg, part of his 10 point performance.
Derrick Schorg had the hot hand in the game for RSM as he finished with a double-double scoring 20 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. He was 6-of-9 from the field and 8-of-9 at the charity stripe.
Ricke added an 18 point performance with six rebounds as he went 7-of-11 from the field.
Nicholas Ruden chipped in nine points and six boards while Mitchell Schiltz came off the bench to score five points.
“I told the kids at the end of the game that it was the best team effort I’ve seen down there out of any team I’ve seen play today, both defensively and offensively,” Ruden said. “If we can keep that, we’re going to need all of that and then some against the No. 2 team in the state.”
Neither team shot particularly well from outside with both teams right around 23 percent. The difference in the game came close to the hoop as RSM nearly doubled up Lynnville-Sully in the paint, outscoring them 36-20. RSM shot 48 percent overall in the game compared to just 33 percent for their opponent.
Lynnville-Sully ends their season with a 22-4 record.
Remsen St. Mary’s improves to 26-0 and will advance to Wednesday’s (March 7) semifinal game against Grand View Christian (23-1) at 3:45 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena. RSM fell to Grand View Christian in the semifinals a season ago in a 45-36 game. Grand View Christian went on to win the 1A state championship by beating Gladbrook-Reinbeck.
Lynnville-Sully 17 11 14 15 57
St. Mary’s, Remsen 16 23 9 25 73
RSM: (Individual) Points- D. Schorg 20, Brody Ricke 18, Kuchel 11, S. Schorg 10, N. Ruden 9, Schiltz 5; Rebounds- D. Schorg 12, S. Schorg 6, Kuchel 6, Brody Ricke 6, N. Ruden 6, Brayden Ricke 1, Schiltz 1, Galles 1; Assists- S. Schorg 3, Kuchel 3, Brody Ricke 2, D. Schorg 2, N. Ruden 1; Steals- S. Schorg, N. Ruden, D. Schorg, Galles; Blocks- Brody Ricke; (Team) FG 26-54, 3ptFG 3-13, FT 18-24, OFF-DEF REB 10-31/41, AST 11, STL 4, BLK 1.
Lynnville-Sully: (Individual) Points- Tanner Foster 19, Rylan James 13, Tyson Vander Linden 8, Brevin Hansen 6, Jesse Van Wyk 6, Blaize Kuhlmann 3, Corey McCoy 2; Rebounds- Rylan James 8, Tanner Foster 7, Jesse Van Wyk 6; Assists- Brevin Hansen 4, Jesse Van Wyk 1, Tanner Foster 1; Steals- Brevin Hansen 2, Tyson Vander Linden 2, Tanner Foster 1; Blocks- Tanner Foster, Rylan James; (Team) FG 19-58, 3ptFG 6-27, FT 13-19, OFF-DEF REB 10-23/33, AST 6, STL 5, BLK 2.