Wild Rose’s Abby Erickson drives around an Iola-Scandinavia defender as time was expiring during the second half of the non-conference girls basketball game on Nov. 14. The Wildcats fell to the Thunderbirds, 35-29.

Wild Rose girls fall to Iola-Scandinavia, 35-29

The Wild Rose girls basketball season kicked off their season with their home opener on Nov. 14 against Iola-Scandinavia. Although the Wildcats put up some tough defense, they fell to the visiting non-conference Thunderbirds, 35-29.

“It was a battle between two young teams,” said Wild Rose Head Coach Jeff Murphy. “I thought both teams gave a tremendous effort all the way to the end of the game. As a young team, we need to get better every single day, and learn from our mistakes. We’ll continue to work hard and get better.”

Wild Rose did manage to jump out to an early 7-0 lead behind scoring by Addy Lauritzen, starting with a 3-point shot. The lead stayed with the hosts for the majority of the first half, with six successful free throw attempts between the two teams.

It was nearly four minutes into the game before the visitors were on the board with a 3-pointer from Hannah Melum. The Thunderbirds began a comeback but the hosts did take the 10-4 lead with an Abby Erickson score before the visitors closed in.

Melum would score five more points in the opening half, with four teammates giving up scoring assistance along the way. With just under five minutes left in the half, the score was tied. Wild Rose kept sending Iola-Scandinavia to the free throw line, but it would be Peyton Wester who would sink a 3-pointer to help her team take the 16-10 half time lead.

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