The Dragon girls basketball team has moved to 11-1 on the season after another terrific week. The Dragons defeated both Chisago Lakes and Onamia.
Pine City 52
Chisago Lakes 39
Pine City executed very well down the stretch to pull away and secure a victory over the class AAA Wildcats. "The kids played good defense all night long and really played physical against a physical team." The Dragons lead 24-20 at half time. "We turned the ball over more than we typically do. Part of that is due to Chisago Lakes, but we need to take care of the ball better than we did." The last 8 minutes of the game belonged to the Dragons as they hit some key shots and got some big defensive stops. "I was very happy with the poise of our players going down the stretch. We have some kids that have been in the big games before, but we also have some that are getting their first taste of these situations. I thought the kids handled it very well." Ellie Hasz had a double double with 19 points and 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. Sophie Lahti had 13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Karly Jusczak, who has been playing some great basketball had 8 points and 9 rebounds. Kloey Lind had 6 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Maddie Berglund had 3 points and 2 rebounds. Ella Sell had 3 points. Carissa Nascene played a huge role down the stretch with great defense and good decisions on offense. "It was a great win over a bigger school. It had a playoff intencity, which should help us in the future."
Pine City 71
The Dragons moved to 10-0 in the conference the the home victory. "We came out a little sluggish and with some tired legs after the game the previous night." "The kids battled through it and started moving a little better after a while." The Dragons were up 22-14 when they went on a 14-0 run to end the half up 36-14. Pine City played great defense in the second half, only giving up 10 points. The Dragons' Ellie Hasz had 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Karly Jusczak and Sophie Lahti both had double doubles on the evening. Lahti had 15 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals. Jusczak had 15 points, 12 rebounds and 3 steals. Maddie Berglund had a great game with 11 points and 4 assists. Ella Sell continues to get better and better. She had 7 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Kloey Lind continues to be huge for the Dragons. She had 2 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals and played great defense. Carissa Nascene had 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. "The coaches really like what we are seeing from this team right now. The team keeps showing improvements. The kids are hungry to get better and want to see how good they can be."
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