Trojan girls top Raiders, Tigers

The New Prague High School girls basketball team won a pair of Missota Conference games last week, defeating Northfield and Hutchinson. New Prague (15-8, 7-4 Missota) will close out their season with two games in as many nights.

New Prague hosts Shakopee Thursday, Feb. 25, in a makeup game, then travels to Farmington for the season finale Friday, Feb. 26. The Trojans, ranked No. 6 in Class AAA, were scheduled to face No. 7 Red Wing on Tuesday evening.

New Prague will open the Section 1AAA playoffs Wednesday, March 3, at home. The Trojans are expected to get the No. 1 seed.

Trojans 66, Raiders 50

New Prague avenged an earlier loss with an impressive performance over a good Northfield squad, winning 66-50 Tuesday, Feb. 16.

The Trojan guards stepped up in this contest, with junior Maggie Seter and sophomore Anna Rynda both scoring 15 points. Rynda was poised down the stretch, making four of five free throws in the second half and seven of nine for the game. Seter used her outside scoring touch for three three-pointers.

New Prague's inside game was strong too, despite the absence of leading scorer Maggie Weiers. Hannah Strop and Taylor Rookaird both had 12 points. Sara Rookaird added 9 and Rena Kneeland 3. Kneeland also had seven rebounds and three steals, while Seter and Strop both had three assists.

Trojans 61, Tigers 41

The Trojans' inside trio of Strop, Rookaird and Weiers dominated the game, scoring 28 of the Trojans 36 first half points as New Prague defeated Hutchinson 61-41 Friday at Hutchinson.

Strop led the way with 19 points, including the 1,000th point of her career. She joins teammate Weiers in the New Prague 1,000-point club, along with Randie Wirt (Class of 2000) and Whitney Trecker (2007).

Taylor Rookaird had 17 points for the Trojans, Weiers 9, Kneeland 5, Rynda 4, Seter and Sara Rookaird 3 each and Annie Dittberner 1.

Weiers pulled down seven rebounds for the Trojans. Kneeland had four assists and three steals. Rynda had five steals for the Trojans.

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