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Fourth-quarter surge fuels Warner win over Roncalli

Warner’s Lauren Marcuson, center, goes up with a shot past Aberdeen Roncalli’s Rylee Voeller, far left and Camryn Bain, right, during Saturday’s game at the Warner Classic in Warner. Photo by John Davis taken 2/11/2023

WARNER – Warner owned the fourth quarter against Aberdeen Roncalli Saturday night and eventually owned a girls’ basketball victory as well.

The Monarchs outscored Roncalli 20-4 in the final period to pull away for a 58-39 victory during the final game of the Warner Classic.

“To score four in the fourth quarter, you can’t win many games doing that,” said Roncalli coach Derek Larson, “and you can’t win many games giving up 20 in the fourth.”

The Cavaliers trailed by just three points after the third quarter before Warner took control. Six different players scored for the Monarchs as the host team surged ahead down the stretch.

The outcome was a microcosm of how Roncalli’s season has gone lately. The Cavaliers have gone off for 45 points in one half and been held to six in another half.

“We talked about the same thing in the locker room after the game, about just being consistent, and have the same group show up every single night and we haven’t had that,” Larson said. “We go from scoring 51 points against Miller in the second half and overtime (Tuesday) to then scoring four in the fourth tonight. We have to be better at, if shots aren’t going in, finding other ways to score and we haven’t been able to do that.”

A big factor in the contest was Warner’s ability to create second-chance scoring opportunities and beat the Cavaliers to loose balls, according to Larson.

“They did a good job offensive rebounding, especially in the fourth quarter. It seemed like we had people boxed out and they just won the battle to every single loose ball, it felt like,” Larson said. “Every bounce went their way and every 50-50 balls were not 50-50 tonight. It seemed like it was a 90-10 or 80-20 switch there. We didn’t help ourselves out and sometimes we couldn’t get out of our own way.”

Aberdeen Roncalli’s McKenna O’Keefe, center, tries to hang onto the ball as Warner’s Sophia Hoeft, far left and Kamryn Anderson, behind O’Keefe, reach in during Saturday’s game at the Warner Classic in Warner. In the background for Roncalli is Ava Hanson. Photo by John Davis taken 2/11/2023

Ava Nilsson scored 14 points to lead a balanced attack for Warner, which improved to 14-6 on the season. Kiah Koch and Lauren Marcuson each followed with nine points, Kyra Marcuson contributed eight, and Kamryn Anderson added seven.

Claire Crawford had 11 points to pace the Cavaliers. Ava Hanson netted nine, Camryn Bain had eight, and Maddie Huber tossed in seven.

Roncalli, 9-9 on the year, plays at once-beaten Florence-Henry on Tuesday.

“Florence-Henry is a top five team in the state,” Larson said. “We have to show up and have some consistency.”

ABERDEEN RONCALLI (9-9): McKenna O’Keefe 1 0-3 2, Camryn Bain 3 0-0 8, Maddie Huber 2 3-4 7, Claire Crawford 3 4-5 11, Ava Hanson 3 2-3 9, Rylee Voeller 1 0-1 2. Totals 13 9-16 39.

WARNER (14-6): Kiah Koch 4 0-0 9, Ava Nilsson 6 2-2 14, Sophia Hoeft 2 0-0 4, Kendyl Anderson 0 1-2 1, Kamryn Anderson 2 3-5 7, Lauren Marcuson 4 1-3 9, Kyra Marcuson 3 1-2 8, Kyleigh Schopp 3 0-0 6. Totals 24 8-14 58.

Aberdeen Roncalli 4 15 35 39

Warner 13 21 38 58

3-point field goals – Bain 2, Crawford, Hanson; Koch, K. Marcuson. Fouled out – Huber. Total fouls – Aberdeen Roncalli 16; Warner 14.

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