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Women's basketball: M-State edges Warriors

Tribune photo by Brooke Kern Ridgewater’s Jessica Kalenberg drives past M-State defenders on Wednesday in Willmar. Kalenberg scored 19 points in the Warriors’ loss.

WILLMAR — The Ridgewater women’s basketball team battled back from a 16-point second-half deficit but fell victim to poor free throw shooting and lost to M-State-Fergus Falls 74-72 on Wednesday at the Ridgewater College gym.

The Warriors hit just 11 of 28 foul shots overall and missed 10 free throws in the second half.

“If we would have shot just 50 percent we would have won by one point,” said Warriors head coach Carrie Ogdahl. “We fought back, we played hard but we were just off (from the foul line) the entire game. I’m kind of dumbfounded by it. That’s the game right there.”

The Warriors blew a good opportunity to get back into the playoff mix in the MCAC Southern Division. Ridgewater fell to 2-4 in the division while Fergus Falls improved to 4-2 and in second place behind Southern-leader Anoka-Ramsey.

“We played hard, we didn’t quit,” Ogdahl said. “But we missed a chance.”

Ridgewater trailed by seven at halftime and Fergus Falls pumped up their lead to 16 points before Ridgewater began pressing with about 11 minutes to play.

The Warriors cut into the lead but couldn’t get by Fergus Falls, which hit 13 of 18 second-half free throws.

Jessica Kalenberg led the Warriors with 19 points and she also had 5 rebounds. Raeann Sorenson had 15 points and a team-high 7 rebounds, and Kristin Phillip hit a 3-pointer and added 7 assists and 5 boards.

Cameo McNeley scored 12 points and Lynsey Runke had 10 and was only one of two Warriors to shoot at least 50 percent from the foul line, hitting 4 of 8 attempts.

Rhoda Christenson had 22 points and Alyssa Blair had 21 for Fergus Falls.

The Warriors are off until taking on Rochester at home on Wednesday.

M-State-Fergus Falls 74, Ridgewater 72

MS-Fergus Falls (4-2 9-9)    27 47 — 74

Ridgewater (2-4 12-7)    20 52 — 72

FERGUS FALLS – 29-61 FG (1-5 3-pt); 15-21 FT; 47 rebounds; 20 fouls … Scoring: Alyssa Blair 21, Maria Johnson 15, Megan Cole 7, Christine Moenkedick 2, Donna Ripplinger 5, Rhoda Christenson 22, Cheyanne O’Neal 2 … 3-point shots: Johnson 1 … Rebound leaders: Christenson 12, Blair 10 … Assist leaders: Shae Brown 2, Cole 2, Ripplinger 2, Christenson 2 … Steal leaders: Christenson 2, Ripplinger 2

RIDGEWATER – 28-68 FG (5-19 3-pt); 11-28 FT; 37 rebounds; 18 fouls … Scoring: Jessica Kalenberg 19, Lynsey Runke 10, Kristin Phillip 3, Cameo McNeley 12, Katie Knisley 3, Raeann Sorenson 15, Courtney Kramer 10 … 3-point shots: Kalenberg 3, Phillip 1, Sorenson 1 … Rebound leaders: Sorenson 7, Knisley 5, Phillip 5, Kalenberg 5 … Assist leaders: Phillip 7 … Steal leaders: Sorenson 5, Runke 3

Tom Larson

Tom Larson is the sports editor of the West Central Tribune.

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