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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Girls' basketball: Pirates shoot lights out, hand Prowlers first loss

  • Sophomore Brooke Heggie led the Pirates with 12 points, while Samuelson and sophomore Danica Brekken each had 11 points.
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  • Even though Thief River Falls moved up to Class AAA, the rivalry with Crookston is still strong, especially when both squads are ranked.
     
    The Pirates, ranked No. 12, made a case to move up in the Class AA polls with a 62-61 victory Thursday over the Prowlers, who are ranked No. 4 in Class AAA.
     
    "We started out a little slow," said Pirate head coach Lon Boike. "We were down 14-9 early. We were focusing on Brooke Yaggie, who is averaging 28 points per game. We weren't quite as sharp at the post playing defense. After the first four minutes our shooting heated up and we ended up making 11 three pointers."
     
    The Pirates are proving they are one of the top teams in the state one game at a time.
     
    “This really helps us with more confidence going into the tougher games we have,” Boike said. “I can't help but believe it's only going to give us more confidence. We are really starting to believe...we always knew we were good, but we are starting to prove that to the community and the section.”
     
    Crookston knocked down 11 threes, including three by senior Erica Samuelson and three by sophomore Sydney Boike.
     
    Sophomore Brooke Heggie led the Pirates with 12 points, while Samuelson and sophomore Danica Brekken each had 11 points. Senior Kylie Simmons added ten points, while Boike recorded nine.
     
    "It was only a matter of time before we started knocking down some threes," said coach Boike. "We had a variety of kids step up and knock down shots. When we do that it opens it up for Brooke Heggie down low and that's hard for teams to defend."
     
    Madison Brekke recorded 23 points for Thief River Falls, while Yaggie and Meleah Biermaier each had eight points.
     
    The loss is the Prowlers' first of the season as they fall to 9-1.
     
    The Pirates have won four straight and will compete in the Annandale Holiday Tournament Friday and Saturday, Dec. 28-29.

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