Jaeden Lizakowski and Hailey Seaver both put up their best numbers so far this season.

    Crookston trekked to Fargo for their second neutral site battle of the year. After dropping two straight, the Pirates regrouped to beat Pelican Rapids 52-43, their sixth win decided by 10 or less points. Crookston once again gets above .500 on the year and now owns a record of 10-9.

    Freshman guard Emma Borowicz led the team in points with 14. Senior guard Jaeden Lizakowski played her best game offensively with 12 points.

    “Jaeden has been playing great,” Head Coach Darin Zimmerman said. “She is shooting the ball well and making great decisions. Her emergence as a shooter just adds another dimension to our offense.”

    Junior forward Hailey Seaver also had a season-best game as she scored 10, a performance Zimmerman commended.

    “Hailey was very tough today,” Zimmerman said. “She defended and rebounded well and was very good on the offensive end. She was reading the defense all day and made some nice cuts and did particularly well sealing.”

    Five other Pirates tallied points with senior guard Bailey Folkers putting up six and junior guard Kylie Solheim notching four.

    Junior forward Rachel Hefta, sophomore guard Gretchen Theis and eighth grade guard Hayden Winjum each rounded out the scoring with two.

    Defensively, the Pirates held a team to at least 45 points for the eighth time this season. When such a feat is accomplished, the Pirates have never lost a game.

    “Pelican is a good team so to hold them in the low 40s was a great team effort,” Zimmerman said. “I though we did a nice job of contesting most shots and taking away some of the things they were trying to do.”

    Crookston played steady offense scoring 26 points in each of the halves while holding Pelican Rapids to 20 and 23 in each half.

    Zimmerman complimented his team on their improved play in comparison to their performance the previous week that resulted in two straight losses.

    “Overall we played under control and executed well on both ends,” Zimmerman said. “In the past week, we have played some good teams and didn't do as well balancing playing fundamental basketball and playing with more of an attacking mindset. That was one of the keys in today's win.”

    Seven games remain in the Pirates’ regular season schedule. Up next, they return home on Thursday, February 8 for a game against Thief River Falls. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.