Basketball: Royal girls nipped again, by Tech 47-44

The Rogers Royals lost their third straight close game, 47-44 to St. Cloud Tech, at home on Tuesday evening.

Tiger senior guard Annessa Rosch sank 16 points, including her 1,000th, and sophomore forward Kaila Burroughs added 15.

The Royals (4-4), who lost to Cambridge-Isanti 52-51 and Elk River 42-39 in their previous two outings,  led by six in the second half before their shooting went cold.

Tech (3-3), ahead by one with just under a minute left, missed a free shot, but the Royals weren’t able to nab the rebound, with Tech scoring on a putback for a 3-point lead.

Jordyn Motter sank 17 points to lead Rogers. Courtney McClay netted 12 and Emily Reichert 10.

“We had a much better effort tonight and played with more energy than we did last week,” said coach Jeremy Digiovanni. On the downside, he added: “We still need to do a better job rebounding as we gave up too many second chances, and we have to eliminate some of the unforced turnovers we had again.  In close games, those little things add up, and are the difference between winning and losing.”

Rogers led by four at halftime, boosted by sharp passing that led to several open shots.

Next for Rogers is their holiday tournament Dec. 27-27. On Tuesday, St. Francis meets Anoka at 5 p.m. followed by the Royals vs. Forest Lake at 7 p.m.

Rogers–Reichert 10, Heikkinen 1, Frain 2, Motter 17, Paulsrud 2, McClay 12
St. Cloud Tech–Rosch 16, Krippner 2, K. Wurm 6, Ambrose 4, Burroughs 15, Soenneker 4