Royal girls end season with loss to Panthers

Thursday, March 7, 2019
Members of the MMCRU basketball cheer squad are, from left: Nicole Specht, Paige Gergen, Hannah Jochims, Belle Bush, Nicole Maass, Taylor Galles, Blacey Stodden, Mackenna Henrich, and Audra Penning.
(Photo by MMCRU HS Journalism)

The MMCRU Lady Royals packed their bags and headed to Kingsley to play against their foe, the Kingsley Pierson Panthers in a regional semifinal contest. The Royals were fighting to advance to the regional finals, but were unable to leave with a win.

The Royals started with a four point lead in the first quarter. At half time the Panthers gained a two point lead over the Royals with a score of 26-24. The Royals bounced back with the lead by just one point at the end of the third quarter, but just couldn’t stay up the Panthers who were able to advance to a six point lead by the end of the game. The game ended with a score of 55-49. The Royals ended their season with a record of 17-6.

Taylor Harpenau led the team in scoring during the game with a total of 17 points. Emily Dreckman had 14 points, a 100% free throw accuracy, eight rebounds and made half of the three point shots for the Royals. Ellie Hilbrands had 12 total points, made nearly half of her field goals and was the leading rebounder with a total of 11 rebounds. Faith Olson had nine rebounds.

Members of the MMCRU student body cheer on the Royals’ girls’ basketball team in a regional semifinal game at Kingsley-Pierson last week.
(Photo by MMCRU HS Journalism)

Looking at individual stats for the Panthers, the highest scorer of the night were Jayde Barto with a total of 20 points, Delaney Iseminger with 17 points, and Madison Goodwin with 16 points. Goodwin and Abbi Bailey had the most rebounds for the Panthers, each having four.

Senior Madison Treinen had this to say about the game, “We would have liked a different outcome on the Kingsley game, but they are a talented team. We knew it would be a struggle the whole way through.” Treinen added, “I wouldn’t trade the team I was blessed to play with this season for anything. It was a blast and I’ll be forever thankful for the players, coaches and the fans.”

Taylor Harpenau shared, “I feel like we gave it our all and never stopped fighting. Our overall season had lots of good things. Next season I hope to get even further and I’m going to work hard in the off season.”

MMCRU freshman guard Taylor Harpenau wrestles for the basketball with KP’s Jayde Barto in a regional semifinal game in Kingsley.
(Photo by MMCRU HS Journalism)
Royal freshman guard Emily Dreckman scores inside in regional semifinal action against Kingsley-Pierson in Kingsley.
(Photo by MMCRU HS Journalism)