Royals finish regular season with 3 non-conference games, open playoffs Thursday
The Watertown-Mayer girls’ basketball team won one game and lost two last week as the Royals closed the regular season with three non-conference games.
The Royals opened the week on Tuesday, Feb. 19, with a 50-28 home loss to Eden Valley-Watkins. They bounced back with a road win on Thursday, Feb. 21, however, knocking off Minneapolis South on the road, 76-43. The Royals closed the regular season back at home on Saturday, Feb. 21, falling to Dassel-Cokato, 58-47.
The Royals closed the regular season with a 12-14 overall record. They drew the No. 5 seed in the Section 5AAA playoffs, and will open Thursday night, Feb. 28, at fourth-seeded Mayer Lutheran at 7 p.m. The winner of that game will advance to play top-seeded Providence Academy at Dassel-Cokato High School at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, and if advancing again, they would play Tuesday, March 5, at 8 p.m. at Dassel-Cokato.
Eden Valley-Watkins 50, Royals 28
Eden Valley-Watkins held Watertown-Mayer to five first half points as they took a 26-5 halftime lead and held on for the win. EVW led 19-0 before Chelsea Wandersee hit a three with 5:27 left in the first half.
Royals’ head coach John Rosholt said his team struggled against EVW’s matchup zone.
“They really took it to us defensively,” he said. “We really didn’t play well against them, and they played very well against us.”
Wandersee finished with a team-high nine points and three rebounds. Claire Killian had eight point, four rebounds, five steals and three assists, and Kirstin Klitzke had six points and three steals.
Royals 76, Mpls. South 43
Things went much better on Thursday for the Royals as they raced out to an early lead and slowly built the advantage to 19 points, 37-18, by halftime. Then, the Royals scored the first 13 points of the second half with points from five different players during the run, taking a 50-18 lead and putting the game out of reach with under 14 minutes remaining.
“I was very pleased with the way we bounced back against South,” Rosholt said.
Three players scored at least 16 points for the Royals, including Killian, who had a team-high 18 to go with seven rebounds and eight steals. Courtney Fischer had a career high 17 points — all in the first half — and added five rebounds. Klitzke had 16 points, 10 assists and four rebounds, and Wandersee had nine points.
D-C 58, Royals 47
The Royals took an early 7-2 lead, but Dassel-Cokato roared back with an 18-2 run to take a 20-7 lead and control of the game on their way to the win.
DC led 34-16 at halftime, and led by as many as 22 points in the second half before the Royals started to claw back into the game late. A 9-0 run in the closing minutes cut the lead to single digits at 56-47 with 46 seconds left, but there was too little time remaining for the Royals to finish a comeback.
“I was proud of the way we played until the end,” Rosholt said.
Killian scored a team-high 20 points and added five steals. Klitzke had eight points and four steals, Wandersee had eight points and four steals, Hannah Johnson had seven points, Lexy Heldt had six rebounds and Christine Kreatz had five rebounds.
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