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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Girls' basketball: Pirates split, lose 40-37 to Nuggets in clash of section leaders

  • The Pirates, now 14-3 on the season, will travel to East Grand Forks Tuesday for a date with the Green Wave.
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  • The Pirates played two very different home games in two days, winning 87-45 Friday over Bagley and falling 40-37 to Hawley Saturday.
     
    Against the Hawley Nuggets, the teams, who lead the Section 8AA, went into halftime knotted at 14-14 but the Pirates fell short in the second half with a last second shot.
     
    The Pirates, now 14-3 on the season, will travel to East Grand Forks Tuesday for a date with the Green Wave. Crookston will host Roseau Thursday and Grafton on Friday.

    CHS vs. Bagley
    Crookston jumped out to a 53-26 lead at halftime and cruised in the second half, outscoring the Flyers 34-19.
     
    Sophomore Sydney Boike finished with 23 points, while sophomore Danica Brekken had 11 and sophomore Brooke Heggie added ten. Senior Katie Davidson and sophomore Kenzie Klatt each had nine points, while senior Taylor Demarais had eight.
     
    Sean Benson led Bagley with 15 points, while Kari Skersick added 11.

    CHS vs. Hawley
    Boike finished with 11 points, while senior Erica Samuelson and Heggie each had eight points.
     
    Drew Sannes led Hawley with 20 points, while Mina Ellefson had 11 and Jody Noreen finished the Nugget scoring with nine points.
     
    Neither team could find a rhythm in the first half as the first field goal wasn't scored until about six minutes in.
     
    Hawley took a 4-0 lead but Klatt was fouled while hitting a three with 11:01 left and converted the free throw to tie the game.
     
    Heggie had back-to-back buckets, while Boike hit a three and Davidson converted a three-point play for Crookston's first half scoring.
     
    Hawley started the second half with a 9-2 run but the Pirates answered with huge back-to-back threes from Samuelson and a three from Boike to give Crookston a 25-23 lead with 10:30 left, forcing Hawley to take a timeout.
     
    After a Nugget bucket, Demarais hit a three and Samuelson got a bucket as Hawley took another timeout with 9:22 left.
     
    The Nuggets responded with back-to-back threes to take a 31-30 lead with 7:40 left.
     
    With 29 seconds left Hawley took a 40-36 lead off two free throws. After Boike made one of two free throws, the Nuggets missed the first of a bonus free throw and the Pirates had one last shot to tie it. Boike's three pointer at the buzzer went off the rim, though.

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