Girls basketball | Ruden's 31 helps JM edge Albert Lea
ALBERT LEA — Jamie Ruden scored 31 points and powered Rochester John Marshall to a narrow 63-62 road win over Albert Lea in a Big Nine Conference girls basketball game Thursday.
JM built a six-point lead by halftime and then held on for its second straight win, after an 0-3 start this season. The Rockets are 2-1 in the conference.
"It's never easy to win on the road and Albert Lea shot extremely well tonight," JM coach Phil Schroeder said. "We have to get better defensively. It was a hard fought game and we found a way to win and that's what counts."
Nicole Fautsch also had a big game for JM with 19 points, and she and Ruden were both in double figures rebounding as well.
For Albert Lea, Bry Woodside scored 18 and Sydney Rehnelt 17.
JM has a home game against Mayo at 5 p.m. Saturday.
John Marshall 63, Albert Lea 62
JOHN MARSHALL (63)
Kami Haider 2, Katie Boldt 4, Haley Holtorf 1, Jenna Milligan 4, Jamie Ruden 31, Angel Agoth 2, Nicole Fautsch 19.
ALBERT LEA (62)
Rachel Rehnelt 2, Bryn Woodside 18, Megan Kortan 11, Lamanda Johnson 1, Sydney Rehnelt 17, Sarah Niebuhr 6, Caycee Gilbertson 7.
Halftime:JM 37, AL 31.
Free throws:JM 11-20, AL 16-26.
Three-point goals:JM 2 (Boldt 1, Fautsch 1), AL 8 (Woodside 1, Kortan 2, S.rehnelt 4, Gilbertson 1).