Roseau held Crookston to their fewest points of the season.
The Crookston Pirates ran into a difficult schedule the last two weeks. In five consecutive road games, the Pirates played Barnesville, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton and Roseau and fell short in all three most recently to the Roseau Rams by a final of 81-30.
“They were just playing so aggressively,” Head Coach Darin Zimmerman said. “They would break up and down the floor and played aggressive on defense. They went hard after some steals and we just weren’t quite ready for that kind of pressure.”
The constant attack by the Rams created a large, early deficit for the Pirates as Roseau held a commanding 59-12 lead at the break. Crookston only lost the second half 21-18, but the deficit proved too great.
Crookston struggled to find the basket throughout the entire game. Nine different Pirates scored, but none scored double digits with eighth grade guard Hayden Winjum’s eight points leading the team.
Junior guard Kylie Solheim and junior forward Rachel Hefta each tallied four. Senior and junior and guards Jaeden Lizakowski and Hannah Emanuel added three apiece. Junior guard Elise Erdmann scored two and sophomore guard Kasey Cwikla converted on a free throw.
Freshman guard Emma Borowicz and senior guard Bailey Folkers, who lead the team in points, only combined for three points, their lowest total of the season. All came from Borowicz. Coming into the game, the duo averaged a combined 21.125 points per game while as a team, the Pirates average approximately 50.35 points per contest.
“They were cutting and moving so well and we were really slow to rotate,” Zimmerman said. “They got a lot of clean looks and made almost all of them. There were one or two stretches in the first half where we did some good things, but it wasn’t very consistent.”
Out of Crookston’s 17 games, they played 12 away from their home gym, but still own a 9-8 record and a 6-6 road record with an additional loss at a neutral site.
The Pirates will try to stay above .500 when they return home for the first time since January 13 against East Grand Forks. This will be the third time the two teams meet this season with the Green Wave winning the previous two.
“I thought we were pretty well prepared coming in, but we didn’t execute and Roseau just played a lot better than we did,” Zimmerman said. “We’re kind of right in the middle of a tough schedule, but we’ll go back to work and get ready for Thursday.”
The Pirates take on the Green Wave on February 1 at 7:30 p.m.