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Remer fills an offensive void for Eagles

With second-leading scorer Ivy Edwards sidelined with an injury, Sacred Heart girls basketball coach Joann Remer was looking for somebody to fill the offensive void.

The search went no further than her own family.

Jessica Remer, the coach's daughter, nearly had a triple double Thursday as Sacred Heart beat visiting Red Lake Falls 61-51 in a matchup of two of the top high school teams in Minnesota West Subsection 8A.

Remer, a junior, had a career-high 26 points, as well as nine rebounds, eight assists and six steals.

"Jess sees herself as more of a defensive stopper,'' Joann Remer said. "But with Ivy out, we needed her to score more.

"They (points, boards, assists, steals) were all helpful. She had an all-around good game, not only scoring but making things happen for the other girls with her steals and passes.''

Sacred Heart also got a strong game from Katelyn Rudolph, not just because of her 12 points, but also the senior's defensive presence. The 6-foot-2 Rudolph had several blocked shots.

"We've never been a big shot-blocking team,'' Joann Remer said. "With Katelyn's height, I think she changed some shots.''

The biggest block came after Red Lake Falls moved to within 48-41 with less than seven minutes remaining on an Emma Duden trey. But RLF's bid to narrow the deficit to five was cut short when Rudolph blocked a shot, a possession that set up a Maddi Mitzel basket. That started a 7-0 run to put Sacred Heart ahead 55-41—its biggest lead of the game—with 4:31 remaining.

"Then we could breathe a little again,'' said Joann Remer, whose team improved to 9-4.

Red Lake Falls did cut the deficit to seven again, but that came with only 1:45 remaining.

Red Lake Falls played catch-up the entire second half. Sacred Heart closed the first half on a 6-0 run to take a 32-28 lead, then opened the second half with eight unanswered points.

Because of Sacred Heart's height advantage, "we weren't getting offensive rebounds,'' RLF coach Brian Remick said. "If you're not doing that, you have to push the ball. We didn't do that. If we're not running, that plays right into their hands defensively.

"They worked harder than we did.''

Jozi Halvorson's 12 points led RLF. Megan Lacrosse, the team's tallest player at 5-9, and Madison Derosier added 10 each as Red Lake Falls dropped to 10-3.