Yellow Medicine East continued it’s record breaking season in the game against RTR last Thursday. Anna McCosh started the Sting off with a few free throws. YME did a phenomenal job implementing the strategy they've been developing all season. The Knights struggled to handle the full court press and the fast drives, and played very sloppily. After a while, the Sting girls started to get tired, and RTR caught up 18-16. YME slowed the pace, but held onto the lead. Kaitlyn Mortenson had a great outside shot after a very long struggle to get an open shot. Towards the end of the first half, the Sting got on a hot streak, and finished with a 19 point lead 47-28.
YME came into the second half recharged, and put huge pressure on the Knights. Maddi Hinz started with two 3-point shots, and Meeghen Dahlager scored as well before the RTR coach called a timeout. That was the first 40 seconds. Hinz stole the ball and made another easy basket. Mackenzie Dyrdahl blocked a shot from the Knights. Mortenson sunk another outside shot. Overall, they racked up an impressive 17 points in the first two minutes. Later the Knights slowed down the pace, but the Sting kept racking up points.
The girls had recently broken the school record by scoring 91 points. The score in this game was 82-45 with eight minutes left.Coach Haakenson could have blown that record out of the water, but demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship and chose to give more and more B team players varsity experience.
Sam Anderson hit an outside shot, putting the Sting at 87 points with three minutes left. Brylea Ruff-Mulligan scored, Shelby Mortenson got fouled with the Sting at 89 points. She hit the first free throw, and then triumphed under pressure, sinking the second, tying the 91 point record. There wasn't enough time to get another shot, the game finished 91-53.
Another school record was broken during this game. Madison Hinz broke her own record for 3 point shots, which she set at 54 last year. She currently has 58. Coach Haakensen reported "We like to play uptempo, as we play other teams it's not so easy to maintain that pace. Their record is 10-12, their best player got hurt early in the year, so they had to make a lot of adjustments. They're a hard working team, when they run with us, they can stay with us for a while. We felt like if we could run them down a bit, in the end we could control the game. That really showed in the second half. We are capable of putting up a lot of points.
I think a big difference I saw tonight was how well we can pass the basketball with our big girls. Not taking anything away from our guards, they do a good job, but Anna and McKenzie did a really good job finding the open girl. Kaitlyn Mathiowetz and Hannah Gullickson were able to put in easy baskets because of the passing."
Half Time Score: YME-47 RTR-28 Final Score: YME-91 RTR-53
YME Scoring: Anna McCosh-27; Madi Hinz-19; Hannah Gullickson-12; Kaitlyn Mortenson-10; Sam Anderson-7
YME Rebounding: Gullickson-5; Kenzie Dyrdahl-5
YME Assists: Meeghen Dahlager-9; Mortenson-9
YME Steals: McCosh-3; Hinz-3; Dahlager-3
RTR Scoring: Brooke Thomsen-12; Shawna Thomsen-8; Madison Muenchow-8