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Girls Basketball: Red Wing's comeback falls short

Down by double digits in the second half to visiting Chanhassen, Red Wing managed to make it a one-possession game with less than 10 seconds to go in Tuesday’s Missota Conference game.

But a free throw by the Storm’s Maddie Santjer made it a three-point game with 7.4 seconds left, and a last-second 3-pointer by Red Wing’s Morgan Zebro went long to give Chanhassen the 53-50 road victory.

The Wingers pieced together one of their strongest halves of the season, but it was disappointing to see their effort result in their 10th straight loss.

“Tonight, we didn’t make that one last play,” said Red Wing head coach Dave Muelken. “They deserve a break at some point. They’ve stuck with it. Their attitudes are great. Their effort is great. You’d just like to see them get rewarded, and this would have been a big win for us. It was right there.”

Coach Muelken added, “We told the kids that we’re proud of them, but it’s not a moral victory. We just can’t start settling for those.”

Setting the tone for the Wingers was senior Hailey Kuhl, who had seven points and 10 rebounds (six offensive). 

“Those second-chance points she allowed for us were huge,” Dave Muelken said of Kuhl.

McKenzie Muelken led Red Wing with 15 points, and McKayla “Bubba” Muelken finished with nine points. As a team, the Wingers were held to 32 percent shooting (17 of 53), including 6 of 22 from 3-point range.

“Chanhassen’s different than some of these teams we’ve gone up against,” Dave Muelken said of the Storm’s defense. “They get after you and they don’t make it easy.”

Chanhassen’s Olivia Wilder led all scorers with 18 points.

Red Wing (6-16, 2-9 Missota) heads to Shakopee on Friday to take on the Missota Conference-leading Sabers. 

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