|Fulda girls go 2-1 on the week; |
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Ruth Cheadle put the ball up for 2 points in the home game with Wabasso.
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Nicole Madison looks to pass the ball inside to her teammate.
top Pipestone and Southwest Christian, fall to Wabasso|
The Fulda girls had a tough stretch this week traveling to Pipestone on Tuesday night, then Edgerton Thursday to face off with Southwest Minnesota Christian and hosting Wabasso on Friday night.|
Fulda 64, Pipestone 53
The Raiders used a 9-2 run that saw Melissa Gehl scratch out four markers and Sariah Cheadle another three to extend Fulda’s two-point advantage into a 9-point lead by the 2:11 mark of the first half. Gehl followed up with a trey to extend the lead to 11, following 1-of-2 from the charity stripe by Pipestone and in the closing seconds saw Fulda leading by nine points (34-25) heading into the locker room.
Gehl and Cheadle dominated play to open the second half, and the Raider offensive unit continued to find a way to get the ball to them to help Fulda push their lead to 18 points (44-26) three minutes into the second period.
Fulda was able to maintain this cushion for several possessions, but with 12 minutes remaining in the contest, the Arrows began hitting their target more often and cut away at their deficit. Behind the efforts of Bucher, a 12-2 run was made with back-to-back buckets on the break, combined with a couple of nice passes from the line.
Courtney Tiesler helped get Fulda back on track. Although the Arrows were put on the foul line several time over the final three minutes, they seldom converted their own free throws. Fulda quietly closed out the game with better proficiency at the charity stripe and good ball possession.
Cheadle finished the night with 32 points completing 9 of 18 from inside the paint including five layups. Melissa Gehl added 21 points along with grabbing 13 rebounds. Courtney Tiesler finished the night with 9 points with the only other points coming from Nicole Madison and Kaitlyn Renneke – each one point apiece.
Fulda 65, SWC 64
Despite holding a 22 point advantage at half time, Fulda managed to sqeak out a one point victory, 65-64 over Southwest Minnesota Christian.
Fulda cruised through the opening minutes of the game posting 14-5 lead by the 14:00 minute mark. Sariah Cheadle contributed five points along with a nice assist to Melissa Gehl (also 5 points) to help lead the way for the visiting Raiders.
It appeared as though there was no stopping the Raider offensive unit as Sariah added three- three’s to go with Melissa’s additional four point enroute to a 30-13 advantage with just under 10 minutes to play in the first half.
A bucket from Katelyn Renneke off an assist from Courtney Tiesler notched the game at 32-13. Tiesler connected on a three followed by another bucket from Renneke and a three from Sariah as the time ticked down to 6 minutes to play in the first half with Fulda leading 40-17.
SWC was able to close the gap driving into the paint for two points. However, Fulda countered with a bucket from Sariah and a three pointer from sister, Ruth (45-21). SWC closed out the first half knocking down six points (27-49) as they headed to the locker room.
Fulda started the second half with a high-low play from Renneke to Gehl and then added a reverse lay-up from Sariah to advance their score 53-29. This is when the dry spell hit. The Raiders were held scoreless for an entire five minutes while SWC put up 8 points. Finally as the clock hit just under 12 minutes, Melissa went to the line connecting on 1-of-2 free throws (54-39).
SWC continued to chip away, going on a 10-4 run. With seven minutes left to play in the contest the Eagles had closed the gap to single digits 52-60. At that point Courtney Tiesler returned down court driving into the lane and picked up two points. A reverse layup by Sariah put Fulda back up by double digits (64-53) with 4:38 left to play in the game.
Fulda was held to one more point as SWC added 11 points in the final minutes to nearly pull out the victory.
Sariah finished the night with 28 points including 5-of-12 in the paint to go with 5-of-8 from beyond the arc. Melissa Gehl contributed 21 points, 7 rebounds, and is credited with 10 steals. Courtney Tiesler, 5, Renneke, 4, Ruth Cheadle 3, Myah Holinka, 2, and Nicole Madison, 2 to round out the scoring attack. Fulda is credited with 17 steals in the contest shooting 38.1% on 24-of-63 shots.
Fulda 49, Wabasso 55
The Raiders held a 21-10 advantage with 7 minutes left before half time, but saw the lead dwindle as the Rabbits chipped away to tie the game 29-29 heading into the locker room.
Fulda got out quick with Courtney Tiesler converting on a layup and followed up with Sariah Cheadle grabbing a loose ball from near center court, taking it to the hoop to give the Raiders the 6-1 nod early in the game.
Turnovers and poor shooting by Wabasso helped Fulda stretch their lead to 13-8 midway thru the first half. Sariah Cheadle dropped in two 3-pointers and a jump shot putting the Raiders out front 21-10.
A Wabasso layup, two three’s and jumper decreased the Rabbit deficit by one (22-23) with 3:20 left to play in the first half. Melissa Gehl dumped in a two three’s to keep the Raiders out front (29-22). Wabasso managed to turn the tides converting free throws and steals to even the game at 29-29 by halftime.
Fulda needed to go to work and did initially to start the second half with scoring coming from Ruth Cheadle (three-pointer), Katelyn Renneke (free throw) and layup from Gehl (35-28). Wabasso countered with a three of their own and added a couple of three throws and a bucket to pull within two points, 35-37 by the 13 minute mark in the game.
A steal by Callie Rohlik leading to a bucket by Chelsey Guetter, the Rabbits were back within one, 37-38. Once again Ruth Cheadle drilled the three point shot (41-37). Another Wabasso steal found the game even at 41-41.
The Rabbits, at this point, were able to gain the advantage both at the charity stripe and paint shots (45-41). Fulda, however, was not to be denied and with Renneke at the line pulled back within two points (43-45). Wabasso went on a 7-2 run in the closing minutes as they finish the game with a 55-49 victory.
Sariah Cheadle finished the night with 20 points including a perfect of 6-of-6 from the free throw line and grabbing 5 rebounds. Melissa Gehl also managed double figures droping in two three pointers, pulling down 13 rebounds and handing out 3 assists. Ruth Cheadle added 8 points, Courtney Tiesler, 4, Renneke, 3, and Nicole Madison, 1.