Basketball: Rogers girls fall to STMA 68-47

St. Michael-Albertville dominated the second half and handed the Rogers Royals a 68-47 defeat onĀ  Tuesday evening in Rogers.

Christine Thorn tossed in 21 points and Natalie Van Whye 16 for the Knights, who led 30-24 at the half, and wore down the Royals with sharp shooting and pressure defense in the second half.

“We came out of the gates well and played pretty well for most of the first half,” said Rogers coach Jeremy Digiovanni. “They hit two big threes right at the end of the half, and we were never able to get any momentum back after that.”

The Knights improved to 5-1 in conference and 13-6 overall.

Emily Reichert tallied 11 points and Jordyn Motter 9 for Rogers, which finished the first round 3-3 in conference and 9-9 overall.

Rogers will host Cambridge-Isanti on Friday.