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Hot shots! – Mustangs shoot 51.8 percent against Knights

By Staff | Dec 15, 2007

ARMSTRONG — While Armstrong-Ringsted has struggled at times this year, the Mustangs decided Cornbelt rival Graettinger/Terril was the night to put up some points.

Brianne Gonzales led the 2ay with 30 points as the Mustangs cruised to a 76-36 victory on Friday.

A-R coach Steve Waldstein said he hadn’t been happy with his team’s defense recently. The Mustangs gave up a 16-point lead to Emmetsburg on Monday and lost by two points.

“We’d been standing around a lot,” he said. “Tonigth we stayed in our stance and played good defense.”

After losing several close games this season, he said, “We needed a convincing win like this.”

Nine Mustangs made the scoring column with Lisa Pelzer and Rosie Cheever both reaching double digits with 12 points each.

For Graettinger/Terril, the Knights again stuck around for the frist quarter. A-R had taken leads of 7-2 and 11-4, but G/T scored the next seven points, the last a basket by Tasha Neilson to cut the lead to 11-9.

Gonzales scored the final basket of the first quarter as A-R led 13-9.

The Knights cut the lead to two to start the second quarter with a pair of free throws by Theresa Petersen.

A-R scored the next six points with a basket from Rosie Cheever and two from Gonzales. Petersen came back with four straight free throws as the Knights trailed 19-15.

That’s when Gonzales went to another gear. She scored the next nine points in a variety of ways–a couple steals and layups, a 10-foot jumper when the Knight defense double teamed the post and an offensive rebound and putback.

That was part of a 19-1 run as A-R led 34-16 at the break.

Coach Waldstein told his team he didn’t want them to let up in the second half and they didn’t.

The Knights struggled on offense and against the constant Mustang defenseive pressure as A-R built a 51-22 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

For the Knights, Petersen scored the next seven points for her team, but Gonzales knocked down three 3-pointers.

Petersen led the Knights with 18 points while Malorie Girres chipped in 10.

“I thought A-R played an outstanding game tonight,” said G/T co-coach Roger Conway. “Their press got to us and took us out of our offesnive sets. That created excellent opportunities for them and they shot the ball very well.”

The Mustangs made 28-of-54 from the field for 51.8 percent.

Armstrong-Ringsted 76,

Graettinger/Terril 36

Graettinger/Terril (36) – Liz Sparks 0 1-2 1; Leah Flaharty 1 0-0 2; Dakota Hovinga 0 1-2 1; Tasha Nielson 1 0-2 2; Lindsay Flaharty 0 0-2 0; Amanda Olesen 1 0-0 2; Theresa Petersen 5 8-10 18; Malorie Girres 4 2-5 10; Lizzie Nieman 0 0-2 0.

Armstrong-Ringsted (76) – Amy Leach 1 2-2 4; Lisa Pelzer 6 0-0 12; Rosie Cheever 5 2-3 12; Brianne Gonzales 12 3-5 30; Morgan Grabinoski 2 2-4 6; Carrie Sorensen 1 0-0 2; Brittney Mitchell 2 0-0 4; Megan Sanders 1 0-0 2; Ashleigh Newkirk 0 0-0 0; Michele Iris 2 0-0 4; Emily Irmiter 0 0-0 0.

Halftime score — A-R 34, Graettinger/Terril 16. 3-pointers – GT 0; A-R 3 (Gonzales 3). Rebounds – GT 20 (Petersen 7); A-R 23 (Cheever 6). Assists – GT 3 (Leah Flaharty 2); A-R 10 (Grabinoski 3, Gonzales 3). Steals – GT 9 (Hovinga 3); A-R 12 (Cheever 3, Pelzer 3). Blocked Shots – GT 0. A-R 3 (Grabinoski 2). Turnovers – GT 22; A-R 17. Total Fouls – GT 22; A-R 20. Fouled Out – 0 Technical Fouls – none.