Basketball: Hanson sparks Elk girls past Champlin 73-64

Elk guard Kayti Hanson notched a career-high 21 points. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

Senior guard Kayti Hanson poured in a career-high 21 points as the Elk River Elks outlasted the Andover Huskies 74-63 at home Tuesday evening.

Hanson, a four-year varsity veteran, had her first 20-point game.

Victoria Jenson got loose inside for two points. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

She scored eight points an an early 17-0 run that gave the Elks a 19-7 lead. Andover pulled within 25-23 but the Elks regained control and led the rest of the way.

In the second half when Andover pulled within three, Hanson hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key, and, after a turnover, Jordyn Sohns hit another from the corner for a 9-point edge.

“Kayti had a great game,” said coach Reed Caouette. “She took care of  the ball really well and was aggressive going to the basket. She made some big shots.”

The Elks had four double-figure scorers.  Sohns and Victoria Jenson popped in 12 points each and Annie Sizen 11, with Makenzie Frericks adding nine. At the free throw stripe, Jenson was 8-for-9, Hanson 6-for-7 and Frericks 5-for-7.

The Elks have won three straight games and seven of eight, raising their record to 4-4 in the NWSC and 8-6 overall.

Makenzie Frericks (34) ducked under Mckensie Miller for a basket in the first half. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

Haydn Becker scored 16 points and Haley Steinwand 13 for Andover (2-7 in conference and 6-7 overall).

The Elks will play at Park Center on Thursday evening.


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