BAGLEY — On the heels of its toughest stretch of the season, Crookston girls' basketball had no trouble with Bagley on Friday night, winning 66-14 in a Section 8AA game.

The Pirates improved to 9-2 on the season and 5-2 in Section 8AA, while the Flyers fell to 0-9 (0-4).

Crookston was coming off a 1-2 stretch against some of Class AA's top competition, having lost to Roseau on the road and Hawley at the Fergus Falls Tournament before beating Coon Rapids.

"Sometimes, (after) you play a couple tough teams, it's nice to be able to just execute no matter who you're playing," said Crookston head coach Darin Zimmerman. "I thought our girls did a good job of that tonight."

The Pirates led 37-4 at halftime and scored the first 17 points of the second half, at which point head coach Darin Zimmerman emptied the bench and gave his starters some rest. The last seven minutes were played with a running clock.

Kasey Cwikla (Sr., F) scored 16 points, a season-high, to lead the way for Crookston. Other top scorers were Halle Winjum (8, G) with 11, Emma Borowicz (Jr., G) with nine, and Abby Borowicz (Fr., G) with eight.

"The biggest takeaway of the game tonight was how our teamwork was very strong," Cwikla said. "It was also great that the whole team got a lot of playing time."

Kyra Frank scored half of Bagley's 14 points.

UP NEXT: The Pirates return home to play Park Rapids Area on Monday, Jan. 6. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m.

The Panthers come into Crookston with a record of 3-8, and a 2-4 mark in Section 8AA.

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