Cold stretch costs Trojans in 1AAAA opener

New Prague’s Amanda Giesen brings the ball downcourt for New Prague in the Section 1AAAA quarterfinals Wednesday, Feb. 27. (Chuck Kajer Photo)

The New Prague Trojan offense stalled late in their Section 1AAAA girls basketball quarterfinals at Lakeville South Wednesday, Feb. 27. That led to a first-round exit by the Trojans, who lost 57- 47 to the Cougars.

New Prague had a slow start, with a couple turnovers and missed shots. That led the Cougars to an early 7-0 lead.

But the Trojans fought back and tied the game on a layup by Kate Seymour. Amanda Giesen gave the Trojans their first lead at 11- 10 with 10 minutes remaining. The lead changed hands several times and the teams went into the locker room tied 26-26.

New Prague was hitting its shots to open the second half. Bethany Vasecka hit a pair of threes to put the Trojans up 34-30. Later, Emily Russo hit a pair of free throws to give them a six-point lead.

But from there, the Trojans went cold, as South went on a 12-0 run to take a 46-40 lead. Vasecka hit a layup to stop the run, but the Trojans could not get any closer, as the Cougars closed on a 23-7 run, making the final 57-47.

“I thought we played pretty well in a great playoff atmosphere,” Coach Luke Swedberg said after the game. “Unfortunately, down the stretch South made some plays that we did not match.”

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