Girls' basketball: Free throws again thwart MinnewaskaMelrose hit 18 to edge the Lakers 50-49 in overtime
By: Lori Mork, Alexandria Echo Press
For the second game in a row, the Laker girls came up one point short.
Last Tuesday, Minnewaska dropped its season opener to Paynesville 48-47 on a late free throw, and on Thursday, fell to Melrose 50-49 as the Dutchmen hit five free throws in overtime to win.
In both games, the Lakers had the last shot opportunities, and were unable to convert.
The Lakers held a one-point halftime lead, but foul trouble plagued the team. Minnewaska committed 23 fouls, allowing Melrose to stay in the game as they hit 18 of their 30 attempts on the night.
Madi Phillips led both teams with 18 points, including four 3-pointers, while Sydney Joos added 16 points.
Melrose got 17 points from Tayler Reller.
The Lakers outshot and outrebounded the Dutchmen, but it wasn’t enough to make up for the charity points.
Joos and Paige Anderson had nine and eight rebounds, respectively, while Phillips led the Lakers with five assists.
MELROSE 23 22 5 — 50
MINNEWASKA 24 21 4 — 49
MINNEWASKA – Carley Stewart 4, Bayley Pooler 2, Madi Phillips 18, Paige Anderson 1, Veronica Weisel 8, Sydney Joos 16. Field goals 20-26, 3-pt 4-13 (Phillips 4), Free throws 5-10, Rebounds 38 (Joos 9, Anderson 8, Weisel 7), Fouls 23, Assists (Phillips 5).
MELROSE – Tayler Reller 17, Shelby Uphoff 6, Emily Gort 7, Gabi Sawyer 9, Justine Revermann 5, Krista Klassen 4, Sheila Poepping 2. Field goals 15-54, 3-pt 2-8, Free throws 18-30, Rebounds 35, Fouls 14