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January 10, 2013

Melissa Gehl goes hard to the basket for two of her 18 points. 
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Melissa Gehl goes hard to the basket for two of her 18 points.
Myah Holinka fights for posision of the ball in the Mountain Lake Area game. 
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Myah Holinka fights for posision of the ball in the Mountain Lake Area game.
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Free throw by Gehl seals victory The Pipestone Arrows came to Fulda for a girls basketball match up Tuesday evening, December 18. What many thought would be a fast paced and high scoring game turned out to be just the opposite. Neither the Raiders nor the Arrows could get their offense on track. Fulda held an early 4 point lead to see the game tied at 4-4. Turnovers by Fulda would eventually see the Raiders down by 5 with just 6 minutes left in the first half. Melissa Gehl muscled in a basket followed by two free throws to get the Raiders within one. Sariah Cheadle chipped in another free throw to tie the game at 18-18 at the half.

The Raiders came out of the locker room looking to establish their type of game. Courtney Tiesler sunk a basket early on, but Pipestone came right back and scored a basket of their own. 4 minutes into the second half, Fulda enjoyed a 6 point advantage. Once again, the Arrows capitalized on Raider turnovers to overcome the deficit to actually take a one point lead (27-28)following a three pointer by Raymond with 8:27 left in the game. Gehl hit a 2 pointer followed by Rachel Cheadle’s put back to give the Raiders a 3 point lead. Pipestone took a time out and came back and tallied 2 points.

Fulda wanted to talk strategy and took their own time out with 3:27 left in the contest. Leading by the score of 31-30, R. Cheadle hit another basket followed by a quick two points by Pipestone. Pipestone on their next possession was fouled and they converted both free throws to tie the score at 34-34. With only 6.8 seconds left Melissa Gehl was fouled and put on the line. The first attempt rolled off the left side of the rim. With nerves of steel, Melissa squared up and nailed the final free throw to give the one point advantage to Fulda. Pipestone was unsuccessful on their last second shot sealing the non conference victory to the Raiders.

Melissa Gehl was the top scorer with 14 points and 6 rebounds, Rachel Cheadle had 10 points, 8 rebounds, while Brittney Hermeling added 5 points and five steals.

Raider girls dominate Wolverines Fulda 63, MLA 31

The girls hosted the Wolverines from Mountain Lake Thursday evening for a Red Rock Conference match up. The Raiders didn't take any time to establish a lead and it never was in jeopardy for the remainder of the night. Fulda had an impressive 18-0 advantage with 11:36 remaining in the first half. Rachel Cheadle scored the first five points for Fulda on her way to an impressive 19 points, 15 rebounds, and 6 steals night. Coach Slaathaug praised, "Rachel had an awesome game. She was effective on both the offensive and defensive boards. Rachel really came through for the team tonight."

The Raiders enjoyed a 35-19 lead going into the locker room. After the break, Fulda scored the next 15 points to start the second half. The Raiders were able to control the game on both ends of the court. It took five minutes into the final period before Mountain Lake was able to score. The Wolves had a small run of their own and narrowed the Raiders lead to 50-24. Fulda took a time out and put a stop to Mountain Lake’s attack. The teams exchanged baskets and then Fulda put together another 8 point string. Melissa Gehl had a great night scoring 18 points, and Amanda Schumacher added14 points. With a 60-26 advantage the Raiders took out their starters and the night ended with Fulda taking the win by the score of 63-31.

Others helping the winning cause were: Brittney Hermeling 3 points and 4 assists, followed by Sariah Cheadle with 2 points and 6 assists. Courtney Tiesler had 4 points and Maddy Westra rounded out the evening with 3 points. Fulda hosts Worthington in a non conference clash on Saturday. Trojans smother Raider The Raiders were expecting a tough opponent in the Worthington Trojans and they were not disappointed. The first half of Saturday's game was a close contested match up. The Raiders were able to contain the momentum of the Trojans for the majority of opening half. Fulda played catch up but was never down more than 8 points, with 6:03 remaining on the clock, we had a two point lead at 20-18 but that would be the only time Fulda found them up in the contest. The Trojans answered our run and distanced themselves by 6 points in the next two minute span. Fulda fought back but went into the intermission down 26-31.

Hoping to come out strong in the second half, the Raiders hit a road block. Worthington caused us to turn over the ball numerous times and our shooting did not hit the mark. Fulda was unable to score anything for the first seven minutes of the final period. The Trojans, with eleven minutes on the clock, built up a lead of 45-27 and never looked back. Rachel Cheadle was the teams' high scorer with 12 points, the only Fulda player to hit double digits. Courtney Tiesler put in 9 points and Brittney Hermeling added 5. The Raiders were held to ten second half points and took the loss by the score of Raiders capture title in Windom Holiday Tourney Fulda 51 - Blue Earth 40

The girl’s basketball team participated in the Windom's Holiday Tournament both Friday and Saturday. The first opponent they faced on Friday was the Buccaneers from Blue Earth.

Fulda grabbed the opening tip off but neither team was able to score for the first two minutes of the game. The Raiders eventually scored and Blue Earth came back with two points of their own. Fulda scored the next two baskets but the Buccaneers battled back and tied the game at 6 all. That would be the closest they would come to competing with the Raiders for the remainder of the evening. Amanda Schumacher was on fire in the first half scoring ten of her 12 points including two, three pointers.

The Raiders had a 26-21 lead going into intermission. Blue Earth came out strong in the second half and narrowed the deficit to 28-26 before Fulda put together their own offensive attack and scored the next four points. Melissa Gehl had a tough assignment of guarding the Buccaneers' Hassing and still put in 12 points of her own and helped seal the opening day victory by the score of 51-40.

Rounding out the scoring for the Raiders: Rachel Cheadle 11 points, Brittney Hermeling 10 pts, Sariah Cheadle added 6 points, and Courtney Tiesler chipped in two points. With the victory, Fulda was set to face Windom for the Championship on Saturday.

Fulda 63 - Windom 45

Saturday the Raiders continued their winning ways. Windom kept the contest close for the first four minutes, but Fulda built up a four point lead with 12:15 left in the half. Strong defense and great shot selection saw the Raiders establish an 8 to 2 run to give them a comfortable margin to set up their explosive type of game. Three point shooting by Amanda Schumacher (2) and Brittney Hermeling (2) solidified their lead. Fulda went into the locker room at the half with an eleven point advantage.

The second half opened with Hermeling hitting her third three pointer on the night. The power forwards took over the scoring duties in the second half. Melissa Gehl topped the team with 14 points and 14 rebounds to record yet another double-double. Rachel Cheadle also had a great second half dropping down11 points for the game. The team overall had very balanced scoring.

Amanda Schumacher ended up with 6 points; Brittney Hermeling contributed 13 points, 7 assists, and six rebounds. Hermeling had a super overall game defensively and offensively. Myah Holinka added 5 points and Sariah Cheadle had 4 points. The team worked hard from start to finish and came home with the trophy 63-45.

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