MMCRU girls improve to 10-0 with win over RSM
MARCUS — Class 1A No. 6 ranked MMCRU pushed its record out to 10-0 following a 65-26 win over Remsen St. Mary’s in War Eagle Conference action Friday, January 10. The Royals started the season with a similar 62-27 win over the Hawks.
From where the season started to being 10-0, MMCRU Head Coach Gillian Letsche said it’s been a great start to the season for her team.
“It feels great,” Letsche said of the 10-0 start. “I didn’t know what to expect coming into this year. With my freshmen from last year, sophomores this year, I knew we had some talent and it’s good that they had that experience. Now I’m seeing a lot of maturity, even as sophomores. The fact that our lone senior and two juniors are providing so much leadership, they’re filling that role so well that we’re just coming together as a family on the floor and meshing really well. I think that is helping the team get to those victories. I did not expect to be 10-0. It was just one of those things where you took it a game at a time and work hard and they did.”
The Royals scored the first six points of the game and followed up a basket from RSM’s Gracyn Schroeder with the next 11 points to take control of the game early. The team established their presence in the paint from the get-go as only one of the team’s 13 first half field goals came from beyond the arc.
The Hawks were able to go on a run of their own midway through the second quarter, cutting MMCRU’s lead from 17-2 down to 21-12. The run featured a pair of free throws from Brittany Johnson, a basket by Schroeder and back-to-back 3-pointers from Tori Galles.
“We had a strong second quarter scoring 14 to MMCRU’s 17 and handled their press well,” RSM Head Coach Scott Willman said. “MMCRU has long athletic girls that play the game well.”
MMCRU was able to double up their opponent entering the locker room by a 32-16 score and controlled the second half with ease by outscoring the Hawks 33-10 after the intermission. The Royals were able to initiate the running clock by hitting the 35-point differential with about 6:40 left in the game as Emily Dreckman got a layup on an assist from Taylor Harpenau.
While the win came easily for the Royals, Letsche said there were still some lessons to take away from the game.
“What we really wanted to work on this game is we really wanted to be more disciplined,” Letsche said. “There’s some things that we do spacing-wise and play-wise that we needed to work on. We’ve got to run the plays right and when we see an opportunity to score that’s great, but otherwise run through the play. Every game we take as a learning experience no matter if it’s a big win or small win or whatever it is.”
It was a balanced scoring game for the team with four players in double digits with anywhere from 11 to 14 points. Dreckman and Jaylen Bork each ended with 14 points as co-leaders for the team. It was a season-high scoring mark for Bork as she surpassed her previous high of 11 points which coincidentally came in the first meeting against RSM. She had half of the team’s four 3-pointers while Dreckman and Molly Reuter added the other two.
Harpenau scored 10 of her 13 points in the first half while Ellie Hilbrands had nine of her 11 points come before halftime.
“The fact that we had four of them plus everybody got to come in and some of our bench players scored, that’s a win for me no matter what,” Letsche said.
Johnson led the Hawks with 10 points. Tori Galles and Gracyn Schroeder ended with six apiece while Emma Galles provided the other four points for the team before fouling out.
Remsen St. Mary’s falls to 1-10 with the loss. The team will next host South O’Brien on Monday, January 13. The Hawks lost their first meeting with the Wolverines by a 56-29 score.
MMCRU will look to continue their winning ways as they will host Harris-Lake Park on Tuesday, January 14. The Royals won their first meeting with the Wolves by a 73-17 score.
With a target on their back, going 10-0 across the second half of the season may be even more difficult according to Letsche.
“It’s a tough road ahead and we’ve got some tough games coming up,” Letsche said. “We have a rematch with K-P coming up which we’re excited about. We’re going to scout each team like we usually scout, figure out what each team does and do what we do best.”
MMCRU: Points- Dreckman 14, Bork 14, Harpenau 13, Hilbrands 11, Holmes 4, Reuter 3, Olson 2, Alesch 2, Meyer 2.
RSM: Points- Johnson 10, G. Schroeder 6, T. Galles 6, E. Galles 4.