Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Girls' basketball: Balanced Pirates wrangle Gators 73-42

  • The Pirates extended their win streak to seven games. In that stretch they have won by at least 20 points in every game.
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  • The convincing victories keep piling up for the Pirates as they defeated Badger/Greenbush-Middle River 73-42 Tuesday in Crookston.
    The Pirates extended their win streak to seven games. In that stretch they have won by at least 20 points in every game.
    "We had a pretty good balance," said Pirate head coach Lon Boike. "It's good to see that. It makes us a lot harder to defend. It's good to see girls step up and knock down shots."
    Sophomores Brooke Heggie and Danica Brekken led Crookston in scoring with 12 points each. Senior Kylie Simmons had nine points, sophomore Sydney Boike added eight and both senior Kaylee Desrosier and sophomore Kenzie Klatt had seven points. In total, 11 of the 12 Pirates scored points with senior point guard Taylor Demaris held off the scoresheet but accounting for a number of assists and steals.
    "We were very good defensively, especially in the first half," Boike said of holding the Gators to 12 points. "In the second half we lost our intensity. We came out and played really well defensively. We wanted to put pressure on their guards and make them put the ball on the ground.
    "We had a lot of focus to start the night and then in the second half our focus faded," continued Boike. "When you're up 20 to 25 points it's hard to keep your focus up."
    Tori Mekash led Badger/G-MR with ten points, while Kayla Stanelle had nine points.
    The Gators led 6-4 about five minutes into the contest when the Pirates went on a 15-1 run over about three minutes. Simmons had two three pointers in that stretch, while Brekken had one.
    Crookston extended its lead a couple minutes later with a 13-1 run, grabbing a 32-11 lead with about three minutes left in the first half.
    Badger/G-MR came out shooting in the second half and outscored their first half point total less than five minutes in, cutting the Pirate lead to 44-25.
    Crookston responded with some threes of their own to keep the Gators at bay and cruised to the 31-point victory.
    The Gators came in to Tuesday's game winners of five of their past six.
    The Pirates improve to 12-2 and will host Central Cass Satruday at 7:30 p.m. The Squirrels of Central Cass are one of the top teams in North Dakota Class B.
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