Flandreau junior, Emily Rosheim leads a fast break for Flandreau during their season opening game at Chester.
Hannah Williams dishes one of her team leading three assists to Marisa Hare down low for an early bucket last Tuesday in Chester.
They held a lead early, but the high-powered Chester offense was too much for Flandreau’s girls, as they fell, 54-29, in the season opener last Tuesday night in Chester.
“A combination of Chester’s experience and a case of first game nerves were two key factors,” Fliers’ head coach Brain Relf said about the opener.
The Fliers started out with a 5-2 lead after a free throw by Hannah Williams and back-to-back buckets down low by Ashley Stenger, but Chester’s Logan Miller hit two straight mid-range jumpers to put the Flyers up for good, 6-5.
No one on Flandreau’s squad could find a rhythm, and as a team, they struggled to get the ball in the hoop, shooting 10-43 on the night from the field and 6-17 from the free-throw line.
Flandreau trailed 16-10 after one quarter, but played stout defense in the second, allowing just seven points to the Flyers. But they continued to struggle from the field, scoring just five points in the quarter, leading to a 23-15 deficit at halftime.
Chester owned the second half as well. They scored 18 points in the third quarter, including three 3-pointers from senior guard Erin Benson.
Chester added to their 41-24 lead after three quarters by scoring 13 points in the fourth, while holding Flandreau to just five points in the quarter, leading to their 54-29 season opening victory.
“I felt we did some things very well, we just didn’t convert on the offensive end. I thought our effort was good the entire game and we will look for that to continue throughout the season,” Relf said.
Marisa Hare and Baylee Relf led the Fliers with six points. Taylor Peters and Williams each posted five points, while Stenger put up four and Erica Behrens put up three. Hare also led the team in rebounds with eight: Williams collected five rebounds and also led the teams in assists with three.
The Fliers will now turn their focus to their upcoming games, using what they learned from this game to help improve.
“Now that we have played a game we know that there are some areas that need to be corrected. We will continue to work hard in practice to get those corrections made.”
The JV team lost a close one, 27-26. Sydney Oswald and Kathy Parsley both scored six.
The Fliers played last night versus Elkton-Lake Benton, and will play in the Entringer Classic this Saturday versus Lake Preston at 3:30PM.