ORCS handles NSP at Nedrose Invite 57-16
Nedrose tops Bombers 44-36
On Tuesday night, Our Redeemer’s Christian School won its opening round Nedrose Invitational game against the Lewis and Clark/North Shore Plaza Wildcats at Nedrose High School 57-16.
In the first quarter, Our Redeemer’s dominated the opening quarter as they outscored North Shore Plaza 20-3 in the period. A host of Knights got in the scoring column in the opening quarter including Maya Vibeto, Meadow Roberts, Emily Brugman and Elise Altringer. With 36.2 seconds to go in the period, Brugman earned Our Redeemer’s final hoop of the quarter as she was fouled in the act of shooting, but missed the ensuing foul shot.
The second period saw more rugged defense from the Knights as they maintained a 24-3 lead with 5:24 to go before intermission. Roberts found a soft spot in the NSP defense and connected on a baseline three-pointer to help the Knights build on their already sizeable lead at 27-3. With less than three minutes to go in the half, NSP scored its first field goal of the quarter. By the break, Our Redeemer’s held a massive 33-8 advantage on the scoreboard.
After three, the lead for the Knights had ballooned to 55-11 and Our Redeemer’s cruised to a blowout victory. Vibeto notched a game-high with 19 points and Altringer chipped in with 14 in the win. Roberts also reached double figures with 11 for the Knights.
In the second ballgame of the night, the Nedrose Cardinals squared off against the Lewis and Clark/Berthold Bombers. The Cardinals came away with a 44-36 win to advance to the tournament semis on Friday.
It was a low-scoring affair at the outset as both clubs found themselves knotted at 7-7 after one quarter. Nedrose led by as many as four in the second, but was unable to capitalize on a lengthy scoring drought by Berthold. With 1:22 to go before intermission, Berthold senior center Anne Schauer earned a conventional three-point play with a nice inside move to trim the Nedrose lead to 15-14. Another bucket by Berthold with under a minute remaining allowed the Bombers to pull ahead 16-15 at the break.
The Cardinals scored a basket on their opening possession of the second half to regain the lead at 17-16. Berthold briefly regained the lead at 20-19 inside five minutes to go in the third, but Nedrose mustered an 11-0 run from that point to take a commanding 30-20 lead. An Ashley Roberts three ball followed by a top of the key jumper from sophomore Kaydee Boyce in the final minute of the period allowed the Cardinals to close the quarter strong.
Roberts canned another three early in the fourth to excite the home crowd and give Nedrose a 33-24 edge. However, the Bombers went on an 8-0 run from that point to trim the Nedrose lead to 33-32. Nedrose answered right back with a pair of jumpers from freshman Kenna Huff which extended the Cardinals lead to six with less than four minutes left. Following a Nedrose steal with less than two minutes to go, another Roberts three ball helped the Cardinals to a 41-34 advantage. Shortly after, a pair of Roberts free throw makes added to a nine-point Cardinals lead which helped to close out a victory for the home team.
Roberts led all scorers with 17 points for Nedrose while Schauer posted 16 in defeat for Berthold. In the next round of the tournament, Our Redeemer’s will take on Nedrose Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in the semifinal bracket. Meanwhile, NSP will face Berthold in the consolation bracket Friday at 4:30.