DRIBBLING PAST A BENSON DEFENDER is Trojan junior guard Gina Nelsen in their game at home last Thursday. The Trojans defeated the Braves, 48-41.

Lady Trojans defeat Benson

It was a busy week for the Lady Trojans with three games, two on the road and one at home.

On Tuesday, Jan. 20, the Lady Trojans traveled to Hancock to battle the Owls in Pheasant Conference play. The Trojans were looking to avenge a loss earlier in the season.

The Owls would apply their full court pressure to force Ortonville to turn over the ball. The Lady Trojans would struggle with the full court pressure as the Owls would jump out to a 24-7 lead with nine minutes to go in the first half. The Trojans would then start handling the pressure put on by the Owls. The Trojans would outscore the Owls the rest of the first half as they would find themselves down 34-21 at the half.

The second half would see both teams battle back and forth as one team would go on a run, the other team would counter with another run. The Lady Trojans would not be able to close the gap as they would go on to lose by a score of 61-46.

Leading the Trojans in scoring was Rachel Hoernemann with 21, Madysen Stegner and Jaiden Conroy each had seven points, Alisha Ross had five points, Hope Hasslen with four points, and Kirsten Erickson had two points.

Ortonville would play host to the Benson Braves on Thursday, Jan. 22. Both teams would battle hard as each was looking for a victory. The teams would battle back and forth for the lead. Some early foul trouble would force the Trojans to play different rotations. The Lady Trojans would go into the half down 20-18.

In the second half, the Trojans would go on a quick 6-0 run to take the lead 24-20. The rest of the half was more of the same of the first half as the teams would battle to keep the game close. The Lady Trojans would find themselves up late in the second half and would do a good job of moving the basketball around. The Braves had to foul at the end of the game and the Trojans did a good job of knocking down free throws as they would go 14 of 20 in the second half. This would allow the Lady Trojans to come away with the victory by a score of 48-41.

Leading the Trojans in scoring was Rachel Hoernemann with 23, Madysen Stegner with eight, Jaiden Conroy would chip in with seven, Alisha Ross had six points, and two points a piece by Gina Nelsen and Hope Hasslen.

The Trojans would not have much time to enjoy the victory as they would travel to Dawson to battle the #10 ranked Blackjacks. Dawson would do a good job of showing why they are highly ranked as they jumped out to an early lead and would cruise into the half up by a score of 55-17.

The second half would see more of the same as the Blackjacks would cruise to a victory by a final score of 95-39.

Leading the Lady Trojans in scoring was Rachel Hoernemann with 16, Hope Hasslen would put up 10 points, Madysen Stegner and Kirsten Erickson each had four, Gina Nelsen added three and Jaiden Conroy had two.

On Monday, Jan. 26. the Lady Trojans (2-14) traveled to Minneota to battle the #4 ranked Vikings and then travel to Graceville to take on the Wolverines on Tuesday, Jan. 27 starting with the JV game at 6 p.m. Ortonville will then travel to Brandon-Evansville on Tuesday, Feb. 3 starting at 6 p.m.

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