Otter girls’ steals calm Storm 75-26Published 9:41am Monday, January 14, 2013
The Otter girls basketball team had a season high 26 steals against Sauk Rapids-Rice, with Brianna Rasmusson having 11 herself, to stop any offensive threat by the Storm and run over them for a 75-26 victory.
Rasmusson converted many of those steals for drive in lay-ups, making 10 of 12 two pointers from the floor, and added 3 of 4 three pointers to total a team high 29 points on the night.
Bailey Strand also had six steals and was fouled numerous times converting driving shots, getting 9 of 11 free throws to add to her floor shooting for a total of 23 points.
The formal name for killer bees is “apis mellifera”, but the Otters have their own version of killer “B’s” in Brianna and Bailey as they scored 52 of the Otters 75 team points. They are all sweet like honey off the court, but B and B will swarm all over you and can sting you like a bee on the court.
Devonie Smith added four steals and Anna Monke and Hanna Swenson controlled the boards to complete the Otter defensive effort. No player from Sauk Rapids scored more than five points in the game. Along with their 26 team steals, the Otters had 18 assisted baskets and only committed nine turnovers to have one of their best overall team efforts of the season. Every player for the Otters got into the game.
“We were looking at adding some new pressure dimensions to our defense, and the girls applied what we’ve been working on in this game,” noted Otter coach Brad Strand. “Our guard play was excellent, creating easy baskets with their defense, and our posts did a nice job of cleaning up under the basket and out-rebounding Sauk Rapids by a large margin. Our goal is constant improvement game to game and I think our girls made another step forward in that regard tonight.”
In JV play, the Otters pulled away with a 57-28 win over the Storm. The Otters had balanced scoring with all players getting significant minutes. Ashley Reinertson and Rachel Johnson each had 11 points, Nicole Anderson eight, Annah Pajari six and Brooklyn Seland six to lead the scoring. Seland pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the Otters, the second game in a row where she has had double-digit rebounds.
The Fergus Falls ninth grade team completed the sweep for the night as they defeated the Storm 42-16 with even scoring and great defense. Brynn Rogelstad and Amanda Nelson led the Otters with 12 points each.
The Otters maintain their undefeated record, now 11-0 on the season and 7-0 in the conference. They return home next Tuesday for another conference game against Brainerd. The halftime show for that game will be the Pride of Fergus Falls High School Marching Band who will be doing their dress rehearsal before they leave for Washington, D.C. and play for the presidential inauguration.
Fergus Falls (75) – B. Rasmusson 29, B. Strand 23, A. Monke 8, H. Swenson 5, D. Smith 4, K. Traiser 2, A. Reinertson 2, K. Sawtell 2.
Sauk Rapids (26) – B. Benboom 5, B. Becker 5, E. Henkemeyer 4, R. Paulson 4, E. Krueger 2, E. Woods 2, A. Skillingstd 2, S. Woods 2.