Girls fall to Red Wing, outlast the Storm

Junior guard Jessica Allar drives to the basket during the Trojan’s win over Chanhassen Friday, Feb. 8. To see more photos click on the blue button, lower right. (Chuck Kajer Photo)

The New Prague Trojan girls basketball team split a pair of games last week, losing to Red Wing and defeating Chanhassen.

The Trojans (15-6, 6-4 Missota) are ranked No. 8 in Class AAA. They were scheduled to face Farmington Tuesday, Feb. 12. New Prague will travel to Shakopee Friday, Feb. 15, and to Holy Angels on Tuesday, Feb. 19, before closing the regular season at home Friday, Feb. 22, against conference co-leader Chaska.

Wingers 57, Trojans 48 New Prague traveled to No. 7 Red Wing Tuesday, Feb. 5, and lost a tight contest to the host Wingers.

The lead changed hands several times in the first half, with the Trojans leading at halftime 28-24. New Prague extended its lead early in the second half, but the Wingers finished strong and overcame the Trojan defensive pressure for the win.

New Prague was led by Annie Dittberner with 17 points and Lexi Ruehling with 15. Other Trojans scoring were Maize Deihl (6), Steph Hanson and Jess Allar (4 each) and Ella Grote (2).

Ruehling had a doubledouble with 12 rebounds to go with her 15 points. Hanson pulled own 13 boards for the Trojans and added four assists and three steals.

Trojans 56, Storm 54 New Prague had another extremely close contest, this time against league-leading Chanhassen, and the Trojans were able to ride out the Storm for a 56-54 win.

Dittberner led the Trojans with 20 points. She was the only player in double figures for New Prague, but she did have good support from the rest of the quad, with Hanson and Ruehling scoring nine each and Grote and Allar seven each, with Deihl adding four.

Ruehling added nine rebounds and three assists, while Hanson had five steals.

The Trojans aggressively attacked the basket in this contest and the two teams battled back and forth. New Prague looked like they were going to pull away at the end, but the Storm came back and had a chance to win it with a three-quarters court shot at the buzzer that hit the backboard and bounced away from the rim.