Carter Winand scored 38 points across the two games, but Crookston could not pull out either.
The Pirates dropped to .500 with a 9-9 record following consecutive losses to Warroad and Park River-Fordville-Lankin. Crookston scored at least 60 points in both games, but could not hold off their opponents’ offenses as they lost 69-66 to Warroad and 75-60 to PRFL.
The Pirates led Warroad at halftime 26-22 behind a strong game from sophomore center and first-time starter Caden Osborn who put up a season-high 21 points. Each team’s offense produced in the second half with Warroad outscoring Crookston 47-40 and sealing the three point win.
Warroad received point contribution from seven different players while only five scored points for Crookston. Senior center Carter Winand also scored 21 points and junior forward Nick Garmen completed the list of Pirates who scored double digit points with 15. Junior forwards Blake Fee and Jaden Lubarski completed the score sheet with five and four points respectively.
One day later, Crookston traveled to Grand Forks Central High School to compete in the Dick Comptson Memorial Lions Shootout where they played against PRFL. The game included four quarters rather than the traditional two halves.
PRFL jumped on Crookston early compelling 23 points after the first quarter to Crookston’s 12. The Pirates came back with 18 in the second quarter and trailed 43-30 at halftime. Both team’s defenses improved their game in the third frame with PRFL winning the quarter 14-10 and carrying a 57-40 lead into the final quarter. The Pirates followed with their highest scoring effort with 20 points, but could not overcome the deficit set early and dropped their second straight game losing 75-60.
Winand once again led the team in scoring with 17. Lubarksi and Garmen each reached the double digit mark with 12 and 11. Osborn put up six and sophomore guard Walker Winjum notched five. Fee tallied three along with junior guard Chris Kazmierczak and senior forward Jackson Seibel.
The back-to-back losses snaps a three game winning streak which was part of a five wins in six contests span. Crookston now owns a record of 9-9 and will start their last eight regular season games at home for a five game home stand. The first comes against Pelican Rapids on Monday, February 5 at 7:30 p.m.