LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - With Onalaska leading the MVC with a 6-0 mark, neither Logan nor Holmen could afford to fall further behind when it comes to the conference title chase.
Both the Rangers and Vikings entered Friday's contest winners of their last two games. Something had to give, but neither team wanted to budge.
Caitlyn Russell highlighted a very physical game. Russell led all scorers with 31 points converting a momentum-building three-point play in the second quarter.
"She played really well," said Holmen head coach Duane Vike. "She finished around the basket. The rest of the team played really well also tonight. We got on the floor. Caitlyn got on the floor. All the guards got on the floor."
Logan kept pace in the first half. Macy Hembd scored eleven straight points for the Rangers in the second quarter, including three consecutive threes. It would be a 28-all tie at the half.
The Rangers came out of the break firing. Grace Onsrud, Rachel Rank and Adaysha Williams all knock down long-distance shots on consecutive possessions, helping Logan get out to a four point lead.
Foul trouble got the better of Logan. They racked up seven team fouls in the third quarter, and Russell and company capitalized on the mistakes rolling to a 56-44 road win.
Russell said, "We knew Logan was always a solid team, so we were like, we've got to come out strong. It brings us up as a team. I know we're really proud of each other."
"I'll tell you what," Vike added. "We don't win here very often. This is a tough place to win a ball game."
The 12 point win means Holmen stays in the midst of the MVC title race. They improve to a 3-2 conference record, right behind now 4-2 Logan.
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