Basketball: Royal girls trip Bluejackets 81-70, first OT win in 6 tries

It took six tries but the Rogers girls basketball team has finally prevailed in an overtime game.

The Royals made sure of it with a 16-point overtime burst that capped their highest-scoring game of the season in an 81-70 win over a good Cambridge-Isanti team on Tuesday evening in Cambridge.

Junior guard Emily Reichert led with a career-high 24 points. Maria Loughlin chipped in 16, Jordyn Motter 13, Shelby Beach 12, Shelby Darr 8, and Morgan Edstrom and Megan Dobberstein 4 each.

Rogers, snapping a four-game skid, won it at the free throw line, sinking 31 of 41, with Reichert and Motter combining to sink 22 of 24. Cambridge-Isanti was nearly as good making 22 of 30.

Rogers (6-9 conference, 12-13 overall) had lost previous OT games to Big Lake (twice), Annandale, Andover and Cambridge-Isanti. The Bluejackets beat the Royals  58-55 on Jan. 21.

The Royals’ previous high game was 62 points, twice.

Deandra Vavra and Whitney Olson tallied 21 points each for the Bluejackets (11-5 conference, 17-8 overall ) and Natalie Larson added 13.

Rogers raced ahead 14-5 before the Bluejackets roared back on the strength of solid outside shooting.  Rogers led 32-31 at the break. In the second half, the wo teams traded shot for shot with neither building more than a two-possession lead. Regulation ended 65-65.

Rogers will close the regular season at Princeton on Friday

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