New England tips Richardton-Taylor at home, 51-48

Jan. 17—NEW ENGLAND — Regional action is well-underway in North Dakota, and nowhere is the action tighter than in Division B/Region 3-District 5, where the New England Tigers hosted Richardton-Taylor on Tuesday, Jan. 16 and came away with a nailbiting, 51-48 win. The come-from-behind Tiger victory came courtesy of a disarming third-quarter performance that saw New England race past RTHS (6-6 overall, 2-2 district) and subsequently outlast the visitors in the final frame.

It was an odd victory in that NEHS (5-7, 1-2) only had a single athlete in double-digits, with junior guard Carly Wolf posting a team-high 11 points for the home-team.

After a narrow, 12-10 advantage for the Raiders in the first quarter, the second-quarter shooting went cold for both teams as Richardton-Taylor was limited to 8 points and New England managed only 4 to take the teams into the half at 20-14, Raiders.

Junior guard AshLynn Christensen has been on fire for Richardton-Taylor, and she poured in a trio of 3-pointers in the first half, while junior guard Emma Olsonawski dropped in a shot from behind the arc for New England on her way to 9 points in the game.

The crucial third quarter saw the Raiders limited to only 9 points — despite Christensen's best efforts — as the Tigers seemed to drain tres from all over the place. The Olsonawskis — Meadow, Emma and Sophie — all scored from behind the arc, while Wolf posted 4 more of her total in the third quarter and the home-team converted all 6 of their shots from the free-throw line.

Not to be outdone, the Raiders came to life in the final eight minutes as junior forward Mariska Krank ripped off a pair of tres on her way to 9 points, junior forward Jenna Schutt scored from behind the arc to notch a double-digit 11, and Christensen continued her dominance with a pair of 3s and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe for a game-high 23.

But the Tigers came in for a total-team performance in the final frame, as seven athletes entered the scorebook and the hosts were able to outlast RTHS despite being subtly outscored, 19-18, in the last eight minutes of play.

Next-up for Richardton-Taylor will be a Friday, Jan. 19 non-district game versus Washburn at home, while New England will head to New Salem-Almont the next day.

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