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Girls Basketball: Wingers' woes continue at Rotary tournament

The Rochester Rotary Tournament continues to baffle Red Wing. The Wingers suffered a second straight loss Friday, falling 40-35 to Rochester Century.

But unlike Thursday’s collapse against Rochester Lourdes, Red Wing head coach Dave Muelken saw some good things from his team.

“It wasn’t good, but there was a lot more effort today,” Muelken said. “(Century) is a good team, and we fought hard. So that was a positive today, just with our effort.”

McKenzie Muelken led the Wingers with 17 points and seven rebounds. But like Thursday, the offense struggled as a whole, shooting 11 of 42 from the field. McKayla Muelken ended up with nine points, but no other Winger finished with more than three points.

“It was a little bit of both,” Dave Muelken said of the combination of poor shooting and good defense from the Panthers. “I thought (Century) played hard, and I thought we played hard. The effort and intensity was pretty good, and (Thursday), I don’t think that was the case.”

The Wingers had a two-point lead, and possession, with two minutes to go in the game, but failed to convert on a couple of open looks. The Panthers converted on the opposite end, closing out the game.

Red Wing (4-4) will face Rochester Mayo (3-5) in the seventh-place game at 2:30 p.m. today. It’s a second straight game against a future Big Nine Conference opponent, something Muelken sees as a positive.

“We’re getting to see some teams and we get to evaluate (them),” Muelken said. “These teams are young, so at least we’re seeing some teams we’ll see next year. So if there’s a consolation prize, it’s that.”

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