Pirates leave Warriors in the dust after strong 1st half.

The Crookston Pirate girls’ basketball team knocked off the Warroad Warriors, 74-59, at home in the Crookston High School Gymnasium Thursday night. On a night where the student section had a beach theme going, the Pirates forced the Warriors walk the plank. Junior guard Sydney Boike led the charge with 30 points and nine rebounds.

“I felt like we had a solid first half,” said coach Lon Boike. “We had a few more fouls than I would like but we still managed to be up by 14. We felt good about ourselves going into the locker room and we got it up to 18 right out of the gate.”

The girls were getting good play from everyone. The first 18 points were scored by six different girls. That was partly due to fouls.

“The officials called a tight game and you need to adjust to the way the game is being called,” explained Coach Boike. “I didn’t think that either team did that very well. We were forced to play a lot of girls.”

Junior guards Kenzie Klatt and Danica Brekken both were in double digits with 13 points and 11 points with six rebounds, respectively. Sophomore guard Elisa Samuelson also pitched in with 12 points and six rebounds.

“Sydney knocked down some big shots. Elisa had a great game!” Coach Boike continued, “Danica hit a few big ones and Kenzie as well. Those four were all in double digits and made big plays when we needed them.”

Those big shots came in the second half when Warroad made some attempts to climb back into the game. Every time Warroad would hit a shot or two and build momentum, it would be smothered by a three pointer or an easy layup and it would seemingly deflate the confidence of the Warriors.

The Pirates will travel to Breckenridge today and try and improve their new 3-5 record at 7:30 p.m.