Trojan girls top Stars, Tigers

The New Prague Trojan girls basketball team continues to impress as they won a pair of games last week.

The Trojans overcame a halftime deficit to defeat Holy Angels 66-53 on Friday, Feb. 4, and the next afternoon they defeated Albert Lea 72-42 in a makeup game. That game had been scheduled for February 1, but was postponed due to poor weather conditions in the Albert Lea area.

New Prague (14-5, 6-2 Missota) is rated No. 8 in Class AAA. They are scheduled to host Northfield Tuesday, Feb. 8. They have two more home games this week, facing Prior Lake at 6 p.m. Thursday in the first half of a girl-boy doubleheader, then taking on Chaska Friday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m. New Prague travels to Shakopee (No 10, Class AAAA).

Four of New Prague's five losses this season are to teams currently ranked in the top 10 in Class AAAA (Hopkins, Minnetonka, Eastview and Shakopee). Prior to Tuesday's games the Trojans were in a four-way tie for first place in the Missota with Farmington, Shakopee and Chanhassen, which handed the Trojans their other loss.

Trojans 66, Stars 53

Holy Angels' shooters were hot in the first half, as the Stars had five three-pointers and led 33-29 at halftime.

The Trojans tightened their defensive pressure in the second half and forced a number of turnovers as they outscored Holy Angels 37-20 in the second half to take the 66-53 win.

All five Trojan starters scored in double figures, with Anna Rynda netting 18, Makayla Reimers 13, Maggie Seter 12, Taylor Rookaird 11 and Sara Rookaird 10. Annie Dittberner and Emily Rezac each added one point.

Taylor Rookaird had seven rebounds and Seter and Reimers had six each. Rynda had five assists and Seter and Sara Rookaird each had four steals.

Trojans 72, Tigers 42

New Prague had little trouble with Albert Lea, taking a big first half lead and continuing to build on it.

Fifteen players saw action for the Trojans and 11 of them scored. Rynda led the way with 19 points and Taylor Rookard had 14. Also scoring for New Prague were Seter (7), Sara Rookaird (7), Steph Hanson (6), Emily Rezac (6), Reimers (4), Lauren Carr (3), Ruehling (2), Sara Glisczinski (2) and Mikayla Beuch (2).

Taylor Rookaird had six rebounds for the Trojns. Seter had five assits and Sara Rookard four steals.

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