O’Gorman rallies past Bobcats

Troy Maroney/Register: Johanna Miller converts an offensive rebound into a basket over the defense of O’Gorman’s Courtney Baruth during the second quarter of the Bobcats’ 50-36 nonconference loss to the Lady Knights on Saturday at Bob Jostad Gymnasium.

BROOKINGS – The fourth-seeded Bobcats just couldn’t stop top-seeded Sioux Falls O’Gorman over a five-minute stretch on Saturday night at Bob Jostad Gymnasium.

After a pair of Michaela Jewett free throws gave Brookings a five-point lead – 31-26 – with 2:36 left in the third quarter, the Lady Knights put together a 15-0 run over 5 minutes that spanned the end of the third and the beginning of the fourth as they pulled away for a 50-36 nonconference win.

Ava Burns’ 3-pointer with 5:18 to play ended the run and pulled the ‘Cats within seven points at 41-34, but that would be the final Brookings basket until Burns beat the horn for the final margin.

In between, Isabelle Moore scored on a fast-break layup and went 3-of-4 from the foul line while Emma Ronsiek converted 1-of-2 charity tosses and Awoti Akoi drained a 3 to beat the shot clock on OG’s last possession.

The Bobcats led 9-3 midway through the opening frame and were still up 9-8 at the first break.

Jewett’s 3-pointer in the final minute of the second quarter gave Brookings a 20-16 edge, but Abigale Muller answered with a buzzer-beating 3, after an OG offensive rebound, to get the Lady Knights within 20-19 at the intermission.

In the third quarter, Regan Weisbeck came off the bench to knock down a trey before sandwiching a pair of baskets around a Jewett score for the five-point advantage prior to the Lady Knights’ rally.

“They have so many good players – we talked about how we wanted to slow down a couple of their players – we did a nice job on the Kunkel girl and then, Isabelle Moore steps up and hits a bunch of shots; Emma Ronsiek  – she’s a heck of a player and I thought we did a nice job on her,” BHS head coach Mitch McLagan said of his team’s defensive strategy. “I don’t know if we were tired; I thought, offensively, we quit moving and just didn’t get a lot of great looks in the fourth quarter.

“We had huge contributions out of Regan Weisbeck – coming off the bench and hitting shots for us – kind of getting us going; I thought Kailee Bartels did a really good job in her defensive assignment – so we had some really good things (happen), but O’Gorman proved how good they are.”

Jewett and Johanna Miller led the Bobcats, 11-4, with nine points and seven rebounds each as Weisbeck finished with seven markers.

Ronsiek’s 22 points, six rebounds and two blocks led O’Gorman, which improved to 16-2. Moore added 13 points and five boards.

Brookings hits the road this week – playing at Huron on Tuesday and Pierre on Friday. Both games tip off a 7 p.m.

S.F. O’GORMAN 50, BROOKINGS 36

S.F. O’Gorman (16-2)

Rylee Benson 0-0 0-0 0, Awoti Akoi 4-7 0-0 9, Abigale Muller 1-2 0-0 3, Carly Kunkel 0-2 0-0 0, Emma Ronsiek 8-15 1-2 22, Isabelle Moore 4-8 3-4 13, Ndjackal Mwenentanda 0-1 1-2 1, Reagen Reilly 0-1 0-0 0, Hannah Rosiek 0-1 0-0 0, Courtney Baruth 0-0 2-4 2. Totals 17-37 7-12 50.

Brookings (11-4)

Michaela Jewett 3-10 2-2 9, Johanna Miller 3-9 3-4 9, Alli Gordon 1-7 0-0 3, Carolyn Hieb 1-2 0-0 3, Ava Burns 2-6 0-0 5, Regan Weisbeck 3-4 0-0 7, Kailee Bartels 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 13-39 5-6 36.

O’Gorman 8  11  12  19    50

Brookings 9  11  11    5    36

3-point goals – OG 9-16 (Akoi 1-1, Muller 1-1, Kunkel 0-2, E. Ronsiek 5-7, Moore 2-3, Reilly 0-1, H. Ronsiek 0-1); B 5-13 (Jewett 1-2, Gordon 1-5, Hieb 1-2, Burns 1-2, Weisbeck 1-2). Rebounds – OG 26 (E. Ronsiek 6, Moore 5); B 24 (Jewett 7, Miller 7). Assists – OG 9 (Kunkel 3); B 8 (Hieb 2, Burns 2). Steals – OG 3 (Akoi, Muller, Moore); B 2 (Jewett, Miller). Blocks – OG 2 (E. Ronsiek 2); B 4 (Miller 3). Turnovers – OG 9; B 10. Total fouls – OG 9; B 14. Fouled out – None. Technical fouls – None.

JUNIOR VARSITY

S.F. O’GORMAN 69, BROOKINGS 31

Points – Meredith Kindvall 6, Kennedy Schafer 5, Emily Rystrom 5


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