Basketball: Royal girls pull away from Polars 59-40

A furious finish by the Rogers Royals netted a 59-40 victory over North St. Paul on Tuesday evening on the Polars court.

NSP led 35-21 before the Royals took charge and outscored the Polars 28-5 the rest of the way.

“In the second half, the girls did a better job making easy shots,” said Rogers coach Jeremy Digiovanni, “and also getting the ball into our posts when we had the size advantage in the paint.”

He praised the Royals’ teammwork.

“It was good to see the girls working well together down the stretch; any time you can get balanced scoring as we did tonight, the execution offensively is going well.”

Lindsay Dorr, 6-0 sophomore forward, led Rogers with 13 points. Senior guard Emily Reichert made 8 assists while scoring 11 points. Jordyn Motter and Kirsten Heikkinen netted 10 each.

The Royals ruled the backboards as NSP nabbed only four offensive rebounds.

Rogers takes a 4-1 record into its conference opener at Cambridge-Isanti on Thursday evening.
The Polars are 1-5.

Rogers –-Reichert 11 (8 assists), Heikkinen 10, Darr 9, Frain 3, Motter 10, Paulsrud 2, McClay 1, Dorr 13
North St. Paul – Culver 3, Dreyer 5, McNamara 4, Weiderhold 4, Savageau 6, Hannigan 7, Jaskulske 11