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Ridgewater Basketball: Hot shooting helps Ridgewater women upend Fergus

FERGUS FALLS — Jessie Kalenberg led a late first-half surge that got the Ridgewater women’s basketball team back in the game, and strong bench play down the stretch helped the Warriors defeat Fergus Falls 72-65 in an MCAC game Wednesday.

The Warriors trailed by 15 late in the first half before Kalenberg drilled three straight 3-point shots to cut the margin to six at halftime.

Amanda Schumacher came off the bench to score 12 points and spark a second-half roll that had the Warriors outscoring Fergus Falls 39-26 after the break.

“We were not moving on defense (in the first half) but Jessie hit those big 3s to get us back in the game and Schumacher played great off the bench,” said Warriors head coach Carrie Ogdahl. “She gave us a lot of confidence. We haven’t had a lot of bench scoring so it was nice to see someone come off the bench and contribute.”

Rachel Ampe led the Warriors with 17 points and 9 rebounds, and Kalenberg finished with 13 points.

Courtney Kramer and Brooke Wuertz both scored 11 points. Wuertz, who fouled out, played in foul trouble the entire game. Wuertz typically plays 35 to 36 minutes but was limited to 25 on Wednesday, which made Schumancher’s bench points all the more valuable, Ogdahl said.

“I honestly don’t think we win the game without (Schumacher),” Ogdahl said.

The Warriors are off until they play host to Rochester at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Ridgewater gym.

Ridgewater 72,

Fergus Falls 65

Ridgewater (4-2 11-6) 33 39 — 72

Fergus Falls 39 26 — 65

RIDGEWATER – 24-66 FG (7-19 3-pt); 17-22 FT; 42 rebounds; 15 fouls … Scoring: Jessie Kalenberg 13, Amanda Schumacher 12, Courtney Kramer 11, Raeann Sorenson 8, Brooke Wuertz 11, Rachel Ampe 17 … 3-point shots: Kalenberg 4, Schumacher 2, Wuertz 2 … Rebound leaders: Ampe 9, Kramer 6 … Assist leaders: Kalenberg 3, Sorenson 3 … Steal leaders: Wuertz 3

FERGUS FALLS – 24-59 FG (3-1 3-pt); 14-22 FT; 41 rebounds; 17 fouls … Scoring: Teresa Moenkedick 15, Donna Ripplinger 5, Tanis Lura 2, Danielle Pratt 10, Maria Johnson 14, Sam Zastro 2, Cheyanne O’Neal 17 … 3-point shots: Johnson 2, O’Neal 1 … Rebound leaders: O’Neal 11 … Assist leaders: None … Steal leaders: Pratt 3

Warriors men fall victim to poor foul shooting

Tribune Staff Report

FERGUS FALLS — The Ridgewater men’s basketball team had a shot at knocking off Fergus Fall but defensive breakdowns and poor free throw shooting doomed the Warriors.

Fergus Falls built a four-point led in the first half and made it hold up in an 80-75 win over the Warriors on Wednesday.

Fergus Falls held a 46-36 edge on the boards and the Warriors hit just 7 of 13 foul shots.

“Rebounding hurt us and we couldn’t stop their dribble drive to the basket,” said Ridgewater head coach Bob Knutson. “They have some good athletes and it hurt us that we couldn’t shoot free throws very well.”

Fergus Falls held a 15-9 edge on second-chance points thanks to their advantage on the glass.

Terrance Lockett led the Warriors with 18 points and Beau Herrig played a strong game, finishing with 17 points and 9 rebounds.

Melvin Kromah and Mowlid Mohamud both scored 14 points — Mohamud hit four of the Warriors’ six 3-pointers — and Eric Smith added 10 points.

The Warriors play host to St. Cloud Technical College at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Ridgewater gym.

Lockett had 6 rebounds and Kromah had 3 assists

Fergus Falls 80,

Ridgewater 75

Ridgewater 33 42 — 75

Fergus Falls 37 43 — 80

RIDGEWATER – 31-69 FG (6-16 3-pt); 7-13 FT; 36 rebounds; 15 fouls … Scoring: Dujuan Curry 2, Terrance Lockett 18, Mowlid Mohamud 14, Eric Smith 10, Beau Herrig 17, Melvin Kromah 14 … 3-point shots: Lockett 2, Mohamud 4 … Rebound leaders: Herrig 9, Lockett 6 … Assist leaders: Kromah 3 … Steal leaders: Curry 2

FERGUS FALLS – 32-68 FG (4-18 3-pt); 12-18 FT; 46 rebounds; 13 fouls … Scoring: Gavin Dettwiler 2, Ja’Vonte Johnson 22, JJ Morris 14, Thomas Ford 13, Derek Cofield 4, Devon Pokorney 6, Lee Gaines 19 … 3-point shots: Johnson 2, Morris 2 … Rebound leaders: Dettwiler 9, Ford 9 … Assist leaders: Johnson 8 … Steal leaders: Cofield 2