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Webster falls to Pheasants 64-28

by Emre K. Erku
sports@reporterandfarmer.com

Even a brick wall couldn’t prevent Redfield/Doland from sinking buckets the entire contest against the Bearcats Jan. 16 as they beat Webster 64-28.

The Bearcats kept R/H from doing too much damage in the first, but were outscored 10 to three. It was the second quarter when the Bearcats started to see themselves trailing by more and more. The Pheasants were able to get down court and make a good presence in the paint via Ephram Albrecht, forcing the Cats to anticipate their big men from getting the ball and hitting high percentage shots, but this opened up for more outside looks.

“It has been our struggle from day one, we can't defend in the half court!” exclaimed head coach Ken Wright. “I felt we did a decent job on Albrecht. He came in averaging 23 points per game, and we held him under his average.”

Draining 22 points to Webster’s nine, the Pheasants led 32-12 going into halftime.

“We put Mason Roerig on him (Albrecht) all night, and felt Mason did a very nice job,” Wright continued. “We also doubled Albrecht as soon as he caught it. Unfortunately, this allowed other kids to score.”

After posting 15 more points in the third quarter while Webster managed eight, Pheasants’ head coach Lonni Stover felt comfortable enough to play his bench in the fourth. By then the Cats just didn’t have any fuel left in the tank as they were outscored 17-8, leading to the 64-28 loss.

Ended Wright: “Our goal was to contain Albrecht, and not let anyone else go off. It's just everyone else scored here and there. Nobody really went off, just everyone scored.”

Ahead for the Cats in scoring was Roerig, sinking six points. In the rebound department it was Braden Rithmiller hauling in eight. Overall, Webster went 10 of 42 in field goals and four of 11 at the stripe.

Albrecht was held to 20 points. His fellow leaders were Kyle Stover, dropping 10 points, while Jake Babun raked in 10 boards.

R/D won the B match 40-32.

Playing at the Pentagon
Under the high lights reflecting over Sioux Falls’ Sanford Pentagon court, the Bearcats managed to produce better numbers against Dakota Valley Jan. 17, but lost 72-53.

Dropping 11 points to the Panthers’ 19, the Bearcats kept within striking distance throughout the first quarter. Yet defense became an enemy to the Cats as they allowed the Panthers to score 19 points in the second. Marcus Block, Noah Thurston and Roerig tried heating the Cats up by sinking a combined four shots from downtown, but DV didn’t let up, taking a 38-28 lead going into the half.

Post break, Webster started to see signs of light as they scored 15 points to the Panthers’ 16.

Although the Cats managed putting 10 more points on the board in the fourth, DV took the game 72-53.

“So far, it appears our best chance is to extend our defense and press; at least until we get into the bonus,” Wright noted. “We have to fast break every chance we get and turn the game into a high possession game. This is what we did against Florence-Henry and Dakota Valley, and it seems to give us our best chance to compete.”

Block had a good showing on the stat sheet, draining 18 points, while Rithmiller had nine.

The Panthers’ Robert Rosenquist and John Pro-chello scored 18 points each. Their fellow leaders were Tyler Johnson and Luke Schmitt, each scoring 10.

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