Continuing their roll
When describing senior Laurin Leidholt, Bishop Ryan girls basketball coach Julie Stewart referred to her as “versatile.”
The 5-foot-7 guard did a little bit of everything Tuesday in a District 12 game against crosstown rival Our Redeemer’s Christian School.
Leidholt recorded 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting, grabbed seven rebounds, dished out five assists and nabbed four steals in the Lions’ 98-28 victory against the Knights. She also didn’t commit a turnover.
“She’s just so strong,” Stewart said. “She attacks the hoop really well and she rebounds consistently for us. It was nice to see her get some looks tonight.”
Leidholt entered Tuesday’s contest averaging 4.6 points per game. She had 13 points at the end of the first quarter. At that point the game was already well in hand. The Lions (10-0 overall, 2-0 district) scored the first 23 points and kept ORCS scoreless for the opening six minutes.
Ryan’s defense had another solid outing, limiting the Knights (6-6, 0-2) to 23 percent from the field. ORCS shot 1-for-12 from behind the arc and had just nine points at halftime. The Lions forced 26 turnovers, leading to easy buckets at the other end.
“We’ve really been gelling,” Leidholt said. “It all comes with our defense. If you work hard on defense you’re going to gel on offense and that’s what we’ve been doing. We’ve just been working well with each other.”
The Lions eclipsed 90 points for the fifth consecutive game. The 70-point victory is their largest this season. During the five-game stretch, Ryan is winning by an average of 61 points per game, but Stewart said her team isn’t trying to embarrass opponents.
“We’re just trying to prepare like everyone else,” Stewart said. “We’re not trying to make anybody feel bad or look bad, but we’re just trying to get better at playing the game of basketball and we’re trying to prepare ourselves to be as good as we can be. We don’t want to get complacent with the score. We just want to get things right.”
ORCS coach Kory Nelson said he didn’t have a problem with Stewart playing her starters into the fourth quarter.
Nelson’s goal was to try and limit Ryan’s post production, but that proved too tall a task with the Knights’ lack of height on the inside. Ryan junior forward Hannah Stewart recorded a game-high 27 points and 13 rebounds and classmate Gabbie Bohl netted 21. Senior guard Anika Rovig scored 14 points to be the fourth Lion in double figures.
“We’re young,” Nelson said. “The biggest thing is we tried to keep it light so if it ended up being a blowout, it wouldn’t destroy our confidence. We’re really playing for second place, if we can get that, or third. With the big loss to Mohall, we have to concentrate and take care of business against the rest of the district teams.”
ORCS freshman forward Morgan Olson led the Knights with 18 points. Senior Jenny Skees added eight and freshman Lauren Hendrickson scored the only other basket with 1:45 left.
Both teams are in action against district opponents Friday at 7:15 p.m. The Lions host Berthold and the Knights travel to Kenmare.
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