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Russell Earns Split with Beloit

RHS BasketballGirls: Russell 56, Beloit 48
Boys: Beloit 74, Russell 33

The Russell Lady Broncos earned their tenth win of the season and recaptured the NCAA lead with a 56-48 victory Friday, February 14 at home against Beloit.

Russell trailed 11-7 at the end of the first quarter, but went into the half tied at 24. The Lady Broncos outscored the Lady Trojans 19-14 in the third stanza to take the 43-38 lead heading into the fourth period. Russell hit nine of 11 free throws in the final quarter (19 of 23 for the game) to seal the victory; a far cry from the zero of three foul shooting output on Tuesday versus Sacred Heart.

The Lady Broncos got outrebounded (28 to 25), but finished with 14 second chance points.

Kyleigh Kasper led Russell with 15 points and nine rebounds. Janna Schulte followed with 12 points and eight boards. Alex Ptacek scored 10.

Shaylyn Krone led Beloit with 18 points. Kaley Broeckelman had 12.

Russell improves to 10-7 overall, 7-2 in the NCAA and back to the top of the league standings as Minneapolis, now 6-3, lost to SE-Saline Friday night.

In the boys game, a third quarter scoring explosion from Beloit proved to be too difficult to overcome for Russell, as the Broncos fell to the Trojans, 74-33.

Russell trailed 13-10 at the end of one and was only down by 14 at halftime, with Beloit leading 38-24 at the break. The wheels fell off though in the third period, as the Trojans outscored the Broncos 30 to four to lead 68-28 heading into the fourth quarter. With the running clock in effect, Beloit cruised to its sixteenth overall victory and tenth league win.

The Trojans hit 13 shots from behind the arc and finished with 20 second chance points to Russell's only six. The rebounding battle was tied at halftime, but in the end, Beloit tallied 39 to Russell's 30.2014 Winter Sports Royalty

Eric Rourke, who earlier in the evening was named Winter Sports King (Lady Bronco Lena Wedel was named Queen, pictured at right), led Russell with 11 points and six rebounds.

Beloit was led in scoring by Bailey and Payton Vetter, who totaled 24 and 23 points respectively. Colson Reames also chipped in 12.

Russell falls to 2-15 overall, 0-9 in the NCAA and has lost 13 in-a-row.

The Russell girls and boys will next host Ellsworth in a make-up game on Monday night. Russell will not be in action Tuesday. The girls game begins at 6 PM Monday with the boys to follow at around 7:45 PM. Listen to both games on Classic Hits 95.9 and KRSL.com.

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