Royals trip Gehlen in Regional Quarterfinal in OT
The MMCRU Royals girls’ basketball team played their second round of regionals against Gehlen Catholic last Wednesday. The Jays had defeated MMCRU twice during the regular season.
The Jays took the lead early in the game as the score was 32-19 Gehlen at half-time. The Royals closed the gap to within 43-38 at the end of third quarter, but not enough to take the lead over the Jays. The game was close throughout the fourth quarter and ended 55-55, forcing them into overtime. The Royals fought hard and were able to take a five point lead at the end of the game. The ending score was 65-60, Royals taking the win and advancing into round three against the Kingsley-Pierson Panthers.
The leading scorer for the Royals was Taylor Harpenau with an astonishing 25 total points in the game. The second highest scorer was Emily Dreckman with 15 points, while Ellie Hilbrands had a total of 13 points and was the leading rebounder with 12 rebounds.
Looking at individual scores for the Jays, the leading scorer was Sydney Livermore with a total of 20 points. Following Livermore was Addison Weber with 18 points and Lauren Heying with 15 points. The leading rebounder was Rachel Langel with eight rebounds, while Katelyn Langel followed her with six rebounds.
MMCRU sophomore Jaylen Bork said, “Overall I think the Gehlen game went very well. We came out with a win and finished together and that’s all we wanted. At half time we realized we were down and knew that if we would have lost it was not going to be how our season ended, we had to win second rounds; our goal is to knock off K-P and make it to state tournament.”
Faith Olson shared, “The Gehlen game was intense. Our second quarter wasn’t the best basketball we’ve played, however, we knew we needed to overcome to continue on to round three which is exactly what we did. At half-time we were down by 13 points. None of us wanted the season to be over. In the locker room we just kept saying there is a lot of game left and that it isn’t over until it’s over. We also knew we had to play better defense and stop them. That’s exactly what we did. Also our crowd was really loud and we built our momentum off them. They really kept us positive throughout the entire game.”