Elk River sank 24 of 40 free shots and several transition layups on the way to a 61-44 win over the Blaine Bengals in Blaine on Friday evening.
Senior post Victoria Jenson scored 17 points, senior guard Kayti Hanson 15 and senior guard Annie Sizen 10 to lead the Elks in their sixth win in the last seven games.
“This was a big win for us,” said Elk coach Reed Caouette. “The kids played really hard, and had very good intensity.”
The Elks trailed early due to turnover problems, then got some fast-break layups by Jenson, mostly assisted by Hanson, to push ahead 29-26 at the half.
Sizen sank back-to-back 3-pointers in the second half as the Elks opened up a lead that was never less than 10 after that.
“It was a very hard fought game with a lot of fouls,” said Caouette. “We hit a lot of free shots at the end, at a crucial time.”
At the line, Hanson was 9-for-10 in the game, Sizen 5-for-9, Mikala Macomber 4-for-4 and Emily Ecklund 2-for-2.
Jordyn Sohns had 7 points, Macomber 6, Makenzie Frericks 4 and Ecklund 2.
Frericks, senior forward, left the game with four minutes left with a headache. She hit her head on the floor in the first half, sat out a while, and a collision in the second half where her head was hit again, Caouette said. On Saturday she appeared to be fine, the coach said.
The Elks pushed above .500 for the first time at 7-6 overall. They are 3-4 in conference. Blaine is now 4-4 in conference and 6-7 overall.
The Elks will host Andover on Tuesday.