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Women's basketball: Warriors knock off Riverland

Tribune photo by Tom Larson Ridgewater freshman post player Rachel Ampe goes up for a shot over Riverland’s Ashley Sanderson, left, and McKenzie Zuniga, right, during the second half of a MCAC South Division game Wednesday at Ridgewater College. Ampe scored 19 points and had 19 rebound to lead the Warriors to a 70-57 win.

WILLMAR — Rachel Ampe played a superb game, finishing with 19 points and 19 rebounds, and Raeann Sorenson scored a game-high 22 points to lead Ridgewater to a 70-57 victory over Riverland on Wednesday at the Ridgewater College gym.

Riverland, which trailed by 10 at the half, cut the Ridgewater lead to six points midway through the second half before the Warriors regained control over the Blue Devils (1-8, 7-16).

“We got up a little bit and then they started hitting a few shots,” said Warriors head coach Carrie Ogdahl. “We certainly played to the level of your opponent and as a coach, you don’t like to see that. But it was a big win for us.”

The Warriors improved to 13-7 overall and 6-3 in the MCAC Southern Division and maintained their hold on third place.

The fourth-place team from the South will host a play-in game vs. Fox Valley (Wis.), most likely on Wednesday (Feb. 26) two days before the start of the region tournament.  The winner advances as the South No. 4 seed.

Ampe troubled the Blue Devils inside, despite missing a few easy shots that could have inflated her point total. The Paynesville graduate hit 8-of-15 shots and 11 of her boards were on the offensive end.

“She’s a workhorse for us and she keeps getting better,” Ogdahl said.

Sorenson hit three 3-point shots, as did Jessie Kalenberg, who nailed a couple of shots to blunt Riverland’s momentum after the lead dropped to six. Kalenberg finished with 15 points and 5 assists.

The Warriors play Saturday at Western Tech (4-5, 14-8), which currently is fourth in the Southern Division. They then play at division-leader Anoka-Ramsey (8-0, 18-3) on Wednesday.

“The next two games are going to be tough,” Ogdahl said.

Ridgewater 70,

Riverland 57

Riverland (1-8 7-16)         21 36 — 57

Ridgewater (6-3 7-16)      31 39 — 70

RIVERLAND – 23-54 FG (5-16 3-pt); 6-10 FT; 33 rebounds; 12 fouls … Scoring: Miriah Carruth 15, Cortney Perrin 2, Victoria Larson 16, McKenzie Zuniga 4, Brittany Zuniga 4, Danielle Groepperq 16 … 3-point shots: Larson 4, Carruth 1 … Rebound leaders: Carruth 7 … Assist leaders: Larson 3 … Steal leaders: Larson 3

ROIDGEWATER – 27-72 FG (7-21 3-pt); 9-13 FT; 47 rebounds; 12 fouls … Scoring: Jessie Kalenberg 15, Amanda Schumacher 3, Courtney Kramer 6, Raeann Sorenson 22, Brooke Wuertz 5, Rachel Ampe 19 … 3-point shots: Kalenberg 3, Sorenson 3, Schumacher 1 … Rebound leaders: Ampe 19 … Assist leaders: Kalenberg 5, Wuertz 4 … Steal leaders: Sorenson 5

Tom Larson

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

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