Sophomore guard Sydney Boike had 25 points and sophomore center Brooke Heggie added 21 points Tuesday as the Pirates overcame a four-point halftime deficit to beat East Grand Forks on the road 72-64.
"Sydney had a good all-around game tonight," Pirate head coach Lon Boike said. "She knocked down shots, pulled down rebounds and played strong defense. With Brooke we can always go inside. They have nobody to stop her. She hit some shots tonight she wasn't hitting the other night against Hawley because she was fading away. She has to go strong to the hole and draw those three-point plays."
Sophomore post Amber Froeber recorded eight points, while sophomore guard Kenzie Klatt had seven and senior guard Katie Davidson had five.
Green Wave junior guard Kelsey Schlenk scored 19 points, while senior guard Aubrie Carlstrom had 16 and freshman guard Rylee Skyberg added 11 points.
"Our defense was not very good in the first half," noted coach Boike. "Schlenk and Carlstrom were quicker than we anticipated. We moved to a zone defense to protect us from fouls and they started hitting shots. Our defense was better in the second half and we rebounded better."
In the first half the two rivals battled back and forth with several lead changes. Crookston led 31-23 with less than five minutes when Schlenk hit a three to start a 17-5 run to take a 40-36 lead into halftime.
The Pirates started the second half with an 8-1 run in the first four minutes, which included a three pointer and three-point play from Boike, to go up 46-41. They wouldn't trail the rest of the way.
A few minutes later with the Pirates hanging on to a slim 52-50 lead, coach Boike was called for a technical foul for arguing a foul called against his squad. That sparked an 11-2 run, seven points of which were scored by Klatt on a three-point play, a three pointer and a free throw, to take a 63-52 lead with 5:19 left.
"We weren't getting a lot of the calls," coach Boike said of his technical foul. "I didn't think that play merited a foul. I was a little upset. We started getting some calls our way after it. For the most part the calls went both ways. It was frustrating with Brooke Heggie's fourth foul and we wanted to keep her in the game."
After a pair free throws by the Green Wave, Boike knocked down a three with 4:37 left to stretch the lead to 66-54, the largest of the night.
The Pirates improve to 15-3 on the season and have won ten of their last 11 games. They will begin a three-game homestand Thursday against Roseau. The opening tip is set for 7:30 p.m.