The Pine City girls basketball team split a pair of games last week and sit at 5-1 on the season 5-0 in Great River Conference play.
Pine City 57
The Dragons outlasted the Bombers with a strong second half to earn the conference victory. The game was very close throughout the first half as the Dragons held a 29-27 lead at half time. "Our kids were able to play some good defense in the second half." The dragons held Braham to 17 second half points. "Our offense tends to get momentum from our defense and that seemed to be the case in this game as well." "It is always nice to be able to secure wins on the road." Ellie Hasz had 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals. Sophie Lahti had 18 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists.Meredith Kolling had 8 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Karly Jusczak had 6 points and 5 rebounds. Kloey Lind had 4 points and 3 rebounds.
Duluth Marshall 86
Pine City 68
Duluth Marshall came out of the gates firing on all cylinders. In all, the Hilltoppers hit 18 threes in the game. "We had a game plan in mind and we were not anticipating that they would shoot so well as a team." "This was a great game for our young squad to learn from." Even though Pine City trailed the whole game, they never stopped working. "We thought our kids did some good things throughout the game, we need to be more consistent and disciplined at times." "We know we have work to do, but we are confident that we will continue to get better." Utah commit, Gianna Kneepkins had a big game for Duluth Marshall and scored her 3000th point of her career during the game. "She has really dedicated herself to the game and it has really paid off for her." Pine City was led in scoring by Sophie Lahti, who had 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Meredith Kolling had 13 points and 8 rebounds. Kloey Lind had 9 points and 7 rebounds. Ellie Hasz had 8 points and 8 rebounds. Maddie Berglund had 6 points and 2 assists. "With 1/3 of the regular season complete, we have learned a lot and have a lot more to learn." With that being said, we are very ready to attack the rest of the season in order to put ourselves in position to make a run at playoff time."
Photo Credit: Four Seasons Photography