Girls hoops team dominant in 2 wins

Activities Director Brad Skogerboe, left, presented a commemorative ball to Ron Gunderson in honor of his 600th career win. (Chuck Kajer Photo)

The New Prague Trojan girls basketball team bounced back from a disappointing loss to Chaska January 25 with a pair of decisive wins last week.

The Trojans gave up a combined 18 points in the first half of the two games as they defeated Waseca 66-37 and Northfield 61-25.

New Prague (14-5, 5-3 Missota) were ranked No. 5 in the latest Class AAA poll. They were scheduled to face No. 8 Red Wing on Tuesday, Feb. 5. They host Chanhassen Friday, Feb. 8, then play at Farmington Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Trojans 66, Bluejays 37 New Prague’s defense held Waseca to just 11 first half points in a 66-37 win Tuesday, Jan. 29, at New Prague.

The Trojans led by 25 points at halftime, 36-11. Waseca was able to keep the game from getting even more out of control in the second half, in part due to frequent substitution on the part of Trojan coach Ron Gunderson. Seventeen different players saw action in the game, with 10 of them scoring.

Annie Dittberner led the Trojans with 20 points. The senior guard also dished out a team-high five assists. Other Trojans scoring were Steph Hanson and Maizie Deihl (8 each), Kayla Kroyer (7), Ella Grote and Rachel Haecherl (6 each), Lexi Ruehling (5), Korey Wilson (3), Jess Allar (2) and MacKenzie Trewartha (1).

Ruehling had nine rebounds for the Trojans who had a 39-27 advantage on the boards. Hanson had four steals and the Trojans forced 22 turnovers.

Trojans 61, Raiders 25 Once again the Trojans’ defense stifled their opponents, allowing just seven field goals in the 61-25 New Prague win.

With a 35-7 at halftime lead, the Trojans continued to put pressure on the Raiders, forcing 28 turnovers. The Raiders didn’t get into double figures scoring until about five minutes into the second half.

Again, the Trojans substituted freely, with the Trojan starters sitting out the final 10 minutes of the contest.

Eighteen Trojans saw action and 14 of them scored. Dittberner led the Trojans with 19 points. Others scoring were Hanson (9), Deihl (5), Trewartha and Grote (4 each), Haecherl, Allar and Ruehling (3 each), Jenna Cox, Wilson, Daryus Dunbar, Maddie Giesen, and Kroyer (2 each) and Ashley Altschul (1).

Allar had seven rebounds for the Trojans, who had a 37-18 edge on the boards. Hanson had four steals for New Prague.