Grand Forks Red River tops Shanley 61-50 in girls basketball
Jocelyn Schiller finishes with 22 points while Rylie McQuillan finishes with 15.
GRAND FORKS — Like many times this season for Grand Forks Red River, an offensive swing featuring Jocelyn Schiller and Rylie McQuillan pushed the Roughriders into a comfortable lead and that sealed a 61-50 win over Fargo Shanley on Thursday afternoon.
Schiller and McQuillan put up a combined 25 points in the first half that saw Red River work its way around the Deacons’ zone defense.
“We have several players like Jocey and Riley that look to drive and there were a few times we got to the rim because we might have caught them off guard a bit and we had some decent kick-out opportunities, too,” Red River coach Kent Ripplinger said. “Our concept is the ball has to hit the paint some way and with the size we had against the size they had it was probably going to be off the dribble.”
In the paint for Shanley were 6-foot-4 Emily Srejma, 6-1 Maggie Shorma and 6-0 Mesiku Hakim who collected rebounds from a Roughrider team that is not afraid to let loose from deep. Srejma and Shorma picked up nine rebounds in the first half and had its offense revolve around Srejma as she picked up a team-high 8 points in the opening 18 minutes.
The turning point in the first half came in the final five minutes when Red River was able to extend its lead to 10 heading into the locker room.
McQuillan and Schiller hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions followed up by a tough play from Schiller as she fought for a rebound and in turn converted it for her sixth field goal of the half. The Roughriders were able to comfortably play with the lead for the entire second half following that push.
“We forced a couple turnovers there that got us into a little bit of a run. The pressure, eventually, in the full court might have gotten to them and then when we get it rolling with a stop or a steal and then knock a three down, that just gets us going,” said Ripplinger.
In the second half the Roughriders were able to push into the paint a bit more compared to the first half. They outrebounded Shanley 20-14 and were able to create follow-up chances with 15 offensive boards.
Offensively for the Deacons, Hakim came alive. Eight of her 10 points came in the latter half and she was able to use her length to her advantage. However, Red River was able to knock out any chance of a comeback with timely 3-pointers.
Cassidy O’Halloran, Hannah Litzinger and McQuillan each hit from deep in quick succession halfway through the second half, all while Schiller was resting.
It has been a pattern for Red River in recent games. After losses to Fargo Davies and West Fargo Sheyenne, the Riders have won six in a row and each win has come by more than 10 points. Now 11-2 in conference play, they will see both Davies and Sheyenne at the end of the month.
Grand Forks Red River 61,
Halftime: Red River 36, Shanley 26
RR – Jocelyn Schiller 22, Rylie McQuillan 15, Cassidy O’Halloran 7, Ella Nowatzki 5, Morgan Hartze 5, Ella Speidel 4, Hannah Litzinger 3
FS – Emily Srejma 13, Mesiku Hakim 10, Jetta Mevold 9, Hannah Hoedl 7, Maggie Shorma 6, Seely Stockmoe 3, Brynn McNeally 2