GOING OVER TWO WOLVERINE DEFENDERS for two points is Madysen Stegner of the Trojans. Stegner had 10 points in the Lady Trojans win over CGB, 63-49 last Friday at Trojan Gym. Ortonville will travel to Dawson-Boyd this Friday, Dec. 9 starting at 6 p.m.

Lady Trojans drop opener to Morris Area, defeat CGB

The Lady Trojan basketball team opened the 2016-17 season on Tuesday, Nov. 29 hosting the Morris Area Tigers.

Ortonville came out with a lot of energy and got the opening tip, but were not able to convert for a score. The Tigers would come down the floor and take an early two point lead. The Lady Trojans would find Jaiden Conroy in the corner and to knock down a three point shot to get the first points of the season and take the lead back from the Tigers.

Morris would utilize their inside post presence of Ashley Solvie to build a lead throughout the first half. The Trojans would get numerous good looks at the hoop, but would not be able to knock down their shots. Morris would build a lead up to 21-5. The Lady Trojans would start to mount a comeback the last six minutes of the first half, as they would go on a 12-6 run to finish the half down 27-17.

“At halftime, we discussed that we had several good looks at the hoop, but were not able to knock down the shots,” said Coach Bob Foley. “We needed to keep our spacing and movement. We also wanted to keep battling on the boards to get our second chance opportunities.”

The Lady Trojans would open the second half on a quick 5-0 run to cut into the Tigers lead. Morris would make a couple buckets to build their lead back up to 40-26. The Trojans would increase the tempo of the game and continue to fight to cut into the lead. Ortonville would go on a 14-2 run led by Racheal Hoernemann who had eight points. The Lady Trojans would find themselves down 42-40 just over half way thru the second half.

Morris would pound the ball back inside to build their lead back up again to 51-44. Ortonville would fight back and cut the lead down to 51-50 with 3:40 to play in the game. Down the stretch, Morris would get the ball back inside to Solvie who ended the game with 29 points. The Tigers would also get some key rebounds to stop the Trojans from mounting the comeback. The Lady Trojans Rachel Hoernemann hit three free throws late but it was not enough as Morris Area would go on to win 63-58.

Leading the Trojans in scoring was Rachel Hoernemann with 20, Jaiden Conroy with 14, Alisha Ross and Madysen Stegner each with eight points, Tyler Peters with four, Emily Bolsta and Samantha Erickson each had two points.

On Friday, Dec. 2, the Lady Trojans would open up Pheasant Conference play hosting the CGB Wolverines. The Lady Trojans would score the first point of the game with a free throw by Jaiden Conroy. Ortonville would push the tempo of game and start to build a bit of a lead on the Wolverines at 9-4. The Trojans tried to play tough defense, but got into foul trouble early. CGB would get into the bonus situation with 10:45 to play in the first half.

The Wovlerines would end up going to the free throw line 19 times in the first half and converting on 11 of them. The Lady Trojans would get to the line 16 times and made nine. The Trojans would find themselves up 32-23 at the half.

In the second half, the Lady Trojans would continue to push the ball up the floor and move the ball around to get some good looks at the hoop. The Trojans built a double digit lead in the second half behind several layups by Rachel Hoernemann. The Wolverines would hang around and not let the Trojans build to large of a lead. In the end the Trojans would go onto win the game by a final score of 63-49.

Leading the Trojans was Rachel Hoernemann with 26, Alisha Ross with 12, Madysen Stegner with 10, Jaiden Conroy with seven, Carissa Vanderwal with five, and Tyler Peters with thre.

Orotnville will travel to Dawson to battle the Dawson-Boyd Blackjacks on Friday, Dec. 9 starting at 6 p.m. They will then host the Hillcrest Lutheran Academy Comets on Tuesday, Dec. 13 starting at 6 p.m.

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