Basketball: Royal girls clip Buffalo 43-35

The Rogers Royals have won several games with good offense this year, but defense was the story both times against Buffalo.

The Royals stymied the Bison 43-35 at home Tuesday evening, improving to 16-9 for the season. They gave up 14 points to Bison standout center Emily Spier and kept things under control.

“Defense was the key tonight,” said coach Karlee Anderson. “We contained Spier for the most part. She is strong, and tough to defend, but I thought Lindsey Dorr did a good job on her, and the other girls, too, always knew where she was at.”

Rogers’ earlier win over Buffalo was by 41-38. They’ve scored in the 60’s in seven wins and in the 70’s in two wins.

Nobody was in double digits but nine players scored, led by Kelsey Frain, Taylor Anderson and Dorn with 8 points each. Taylor Paulsrud was next with 5.

It was a quick game with few fouls called. Rogers was 11-for-14 and Buffalo 9-for-12 on free shots.

Lauren Schultz added 8 points for Buffalo (2-7 conference, 9-16 overall).

Rogers, 6-3 in the Mississippi 8, will close the regular season on Friday at Monticello. A win would give them a second-place tie. STMA is 8-1 and Monticello 7-2 in conference.