W-M girls take fourth place in Monticello

The Watertown-Mayer girls’ basketball team won its first game in the Monticello Tournament last week, but then lost consecutive games to Monticello and Orono to finish in fourth place at the eight-team tournament.

The Royals knocked off Farmington, 58-51, in the first round on Thursday, Dec. 27. The Royals led 36-22 at halftime, and held on in the second half for thew win. Kate Theisen led the Royals with 27 points. Claire Killian and Chelsea Wandersee both had seven points, and Courtney Fisher and Liz Miller finished with five apiece.

In the second round, the Royals lost to host Monticello, 59-51, in overtime, on Friday, Dec. 28. Monticello led 28-24 at halftime, but the Royals rallied to send the game to overtime, tied at 49. However, Monticello outscored the Royals 10-2 in the extra period.

Theisen finished with 20 points and Wandersee had 13. Killian had eight and Fisher and Hannah Johnson both had five for the Royals.

In the third-place game on Saturday, Dec. 29, the Royals fell to Orono, 68-38. Killian had 11 points to lead the Royals, and Kirsten Klitzke had seven.

The royals return to action on Friday, Jan. 4, when they host Norwood Young America at 7:30 p.m. The game will be a big one for the Royals, because both teams are 3-1 in the Minnesota River Conference, one game behind Jordan (4-0) for first place. The Royals are 6-5 overall.