Jerod Fisher|The Miller Press
JUNIOR ANNIE FULTON (#32) looks for a pass while being shielded by a Pheasants’ defender during the Tuesday night’s fray against Redfield/Doland.
On Tuesday, Jan 14, the Lady Rustlers (2-7) basketball team took on their neighbors to the north, the Redfield/Doland Pheasants (2-7). It was a very difficult night for the girls with the junior varsity team falling 16-32 and the varsity team losing 37-47.
The Pheasants took a commanding lead in the first period of the JV matchup outscoring the Lady Rustlers 14-1. The Rustlers came out with more intensity in the second period scoring six points but still being outscored by the Pheasants offense. After three periods, the Pheasants led 29-10 and the point differential remained in the double digits for the majority of the game. The Rustlers finished the game with their strongest period in the fourth outscoring the Pheasants 6-3 but it was too little and too late. The Pheasants ran away with the JV game doubling the points of the Miller girls and winning 32-16. Rilea Mielke was a high point for the Rustlers scoring six points and leading that category but low shooting percentages across the board plagued them all night long.
The varsity girls suffered the same fate as junior varsity and in similar fashion. Redfield edged Miller in the first period 19-13 and then turned up the heat going into the second. The Pheasants had a 14 point lead going into the third period and that lead increased to 18 going into the fourth. The Lady Rustlers had a large deficit to overcome in the final period and were able to eat away at the margin reducing it to 10 points but the Pheasants held on to a 47-37 win. Much of the offense for Miller was from two key players.
Together, Jamie Mentzer and Kristen Peterka had 28 of the team’s 37 points and over 75 percent of all scoring for the Lady Rustlers that night. Mentzer had 20 points and Peterka had eight points along with three rebounds. Denae Schlechter led the team in rebounds with four. The Rustlers were outshot by the Pheasants 43 percent to 32 percent with Jordannne Howe scoring 15 points and Alicyn Jungwirth scoring 14 points for the Pheasants which aided in the result of the game. In the final period, coach Hunter made a strategic call by replacing the starting cast with players off the bench but the Rustlers still fell short.
The next home game is Jan. 21 vs. Crow Creek.