Saturday, February 12, 2005
C-T-F Beats Hillcrest in Comets Final Home Game
By Craig Olson - Fergus Falls, MN
The Hillcrest girls basketball team closed out their home season with a 50-40 loss to Campbell-Tintah-Fairmount on Saturday at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Fergus Falls.
The Lady Comets jumped out to a 13-6 lead after one quarter, but C-T-F came back to close the game to two points, 23-21 at the half. The Rebels went ahead 35-33 after three and finished with a strong fourth quarter, outscoring Hillcrest 15-7 to win by ten points.
"This was a rough game," said Hillcrest head coach Darren Rogness of a game that featured 34 fouls. "We just ran out of energy in the fourth quarter. Our second half defense was our downfall."
Campbell-Tintah-Fairmount shot 38% (19/50) from the floor and made 10-of-17 foul shots. They were led by Sammie Schmit with 13 points. Tiffany Ross scored 12 and Sami Hensch added ten. Schmit completed a double-double with 11 rebounds and Laura Luick hauled in seven boards and had 3 assists. Hensch led the Rebels with three steals.
"We did a good job on Sammie Schmit in the first half, but she tore us up in the second," added Rogness. "Jenna Schultz had a great game for us and was able to get to the line all afternoon."
Schultz led all scorers with fifteen points and hit 9-of-12 from the line. Melissa Christenson added eight points and Karma Schmidt had seven for Hillcrest. Schultz led the team with 3 assists and Schmidt came away with four steals.
The Comets hit 39% (13/33) of their field goal attempts but were beaten badly on the boards, 35-16, allowing 18 offensive rebounds.
Kari Walvatne, the Comets leading scorer and second leading rebounder, missed her fifth straight game with a shoulder injury.
"Kari was a game time decision and we decided she wouldn't play for us today," said Rogness.
Hillcrest falls to 11-7 overall and 3-7 in the Little Eight Conference. They will travel to Ashby for a conference matchup on Tuesday night.
C-T-F is now 6-14 overall and 3-5 in the Pheasant Conference. The Rebels will host Rothsay on Tuesday night and close out the regular season with a home game against Ashby on Friday night.