Trojan girls go to 4-2 with win over Mankato East

Coach Ron Gunderson's New Prague Trojan girls basketball team has relied on a balanced attack and depth as they have upped their season's record to 4-2 going into the holiday break.

New Prague finished out the 2007 portion of its schedule with a 62-46 win over Mankato East Thursday, Dec. 20, at the Trojan gym. The Trojans will resume their schedule Friday, Jan. 4, when they host Minnetonka (5-3), then travel to Albert Lea for a Saturday, Jan. 5 game. They begin Missota Conference play Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Hutchinson.

The Trojans' non-conference game with Waconia, which was snowed out on Tuesday, Dec. 4, has been rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23, at New Prague.

Trojans 62, Cougars 46

The Trojans used a revamped starting lineup, with guard Rena Kneeland seeing limited action due to an injury. The Trojans' defense forced turnovers and produced fast break points as they rallied to a 24-7 halftime lead. They continued to build on that lead in the second half, outscoring the Cougars 38-29.

Hannah Strop came off the bench to score 13 points to lead all scorers. The Trojans' Amanda Wagner and Brit Rynda were also in double figures. Anissa Svoboda started in place of Kneeland and did a good job running the Trojan offense and pressuring the Cougar guards. She finished with seven points.

Twelve Trojans saw action, and eight of them scored.

Mankato East 17 29 - 46

New Prague 24 38 - 62

Dec. 20, at New Prague

Mankato East (46) Brozik 10, Fowler 2, Jaqua 6, Schrock 4, Gossen 8, Nourie 2, Homan 2, Masters 2, Jones 5, Ziegler 5

New Prague (62) Svoboda 7, Wagner 4, Gill 11, Rynda 11, Weiers 8, Upperman 0, Sand 0, Oram 4, Kneeland 4, Tikalsky 0, Hendricks 0, Strop 13

Fouls: ME 22, NP 21; Fouled out: Schrock; Three point goals: ME 0, NP 0

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