Basketball: Royals state foe DeLaSalle is speedy, high-scoring

The Rogers Royals need to slow down the DeLaSalle Islanders,  no easy task, to have a chance for an upset when they meet in the state tournament on  Wednesday.


The No. 2 ranked Islanders (24-4) and the unranked Royals (15-14) will meet in the fourth Class 3A game of the day at Williams Arena, slated for 4 p.m.


They are extremely quick and very athletic, and they want to play the transition game,” said Rogers coach Jeremy Digiovanni. “Obviously we have contrasting styles.


“We need to control the tempo, be patient on offense, and work hard on defense to force teams to earn every shot. We don’t want to get into a track meet with them.”


The Islanders average 65.6 points per game, led by sophomore sophomore center Tyseanna Johnson with 18.0 and junior junior guard Mariah Adanene with 15.4.


Rogers averages 50 points while giving up 46. Top scorers are junior forward Jordyn Motter with 10.6 ppg and two guards averaging 9.9, senior Maria Loughlin and junior Emily Reichert.


Top-ranked Hill-Murray (25-0) meets Red Wing at 10 a.m., followed by No. 9 Alexandria (20-3) vs. Grand Rapids (20-8), and No. 3 ranked Benilde-St. Margaret’s (20-5) vs. Marshall (20-6) at 2 p.m.. The BSM Red Knights are defending champions.


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