Hornets can’t hold off late Wildcat push
By Jacob Heid
ROSHOLT – The Rosholt girls’ basketball team will finish the regular season on its home floor for three of the last four games.
The matchup with the Wild Rose Wildcats (7-2) on Feb. 7 was one of those times.
The Hornets battled point for point most of the night before Wild Rose sealed the game at the free-throw line, winning 59-54.
Rosholt moved up the floor quickly early on due to the quickness of the Wild Rose press defense.
The two sides traded buckets for much of the opening seven or eight minutes, with most coming from inside.
The Hornets held a narrow 22-20 lead with roughly eight minutes left in the first half.
Rosholt freshman Addi Gagas played aggressively coming off the bench, getting multiple good looks on layups and mid-range jump shots.
Junior Sarah Trzinski also played tough and went after any loose ball to get extra possessions.
Even though she didn’t make much impact on the scoring, she grabbed 18 rebounds and hit the deck on multiple occasions. Fellow teammate and senior Lexi Lemanczyk had a nice night on the glass, too. She had 13 rebounds in the loss.
Rosholt struggled early on with the press and getting rebounds but settled in as the half went by.
The Hornets held Wild Rose scoreless in the final 2:50 to be up by five at halftime, 34-29.
The second half became as tough and physical as the opening stanza.
Wild Rose clamped down harder with its press, but Rosholt fought through it.
Easy points off the press gave Rosholt a short double-digit lead before the Wild Cats clawed back.
Gagas (22 points) and Bridget Lemanczyk, who finished with 32 points combined, got shots to fall during that span.
A 51-47 Rosholt lead with 6:35 remaining called for an exciting finish.
With the teams scraping and clawing to take back the lead, Wild Rose got put in the bonus with still plenty of time left.
Wild Rose took advantage of that and was able to hit its free throws down the stretch, which became the difference between a win and a loss for Rosholt.
The Hornets led 54-53 with 1:29 left, and the Wildcats ended the game on a 6-0 run.