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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Girls' basketball: Pirates open season with 57-44 win over Spuds

  • The Pirates pulled away with 11 minutes left in the second half thanks to back-to-back threes by sophomore Kenzie Klatt, giving the Pirates a 46-37 lead.
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  • All ten Pirates that appeared in Tuesday's season opener against Moorhead, a Class AAAA team, scored as Crookston won 57-44 with sophomores Sydney Boike and Brooke Heggie scored 11 and ten points, respectively.
     
    The Pirates pulled away with 11 minutes left in the second half thanks to back-to-back threes by sophomore Kenzie Klatt, giving the Pirates a 46-37 lead.
     
    "That was momentum changing," Pirate head coach Lon Boike said. "Those were pretty big.
     
    "We shot pretty well," Boike continued. "At the half I thought we could've been up by 15 but we missed some shots in the paint. When we shoot well it opens things up inside."
     
    Sophomore Danica Brekken finished with nine points and sophomore Amber Froeber had eight. Klatt had six points and senior Taylor Demarais chipped in five.
     
    Moorhead was led by Hailey Wixo, who had 12 points, and Cassidy Rahman, who had 11.
     
    The game was typical for a season opener with a lot of things to work on.
     
    "We were nervous and trying to make things happen that weren't there," said Boike. "In the second half we calmed down and did things better. You can play in all the scrimmages you want but games are so much different. We are a very talented team and we'll get better as the season goes along."
     
    Crookston opened up an 8-2 lead in the game before Moorhead scored its first field goal more than three minutes in. The Pirates’ lead was stretched to 11-4 with a Brekken three but the Spuds answered with a trio of three to tie the game at 13-13 with nine minutes left.
     
    The Pirates answered with a 10-2 run over about four minutes, grabbing a 23-15 lead and hanging on to a 30-25 lead at halftime.
     
    The start of the second half went back and forth with Crookston leading just 40-37 before Klatt's momentum changing threes. The Pirates cruised the rest of the way for the win.
     
    "We have a lot of things to work on," said Boike.
     
    The Pirates will face another Class AAAA school in Robbinsdale Cooper Saturday at Hopkins in the Breakdown Tip-Off Classic.

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