Basketball: Elk girls nip Pirates 61-60

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

Annie Sizen scored 24 points in the second half, and  Mikala Macomber hit the game-winner with 10 seconds left, as surging Elk River edged Park Center 61-60 there Thursday evening.

Sizen, senior guard, was scoreless the first half but drilled eight 3-pointers in the second half to log her career high for points.

The Elks, down 60-59, had the ball and took a timeout with 22 seconds left.

“The girls did a good job of executing, coming out of the timeout,” said coach Reed Caouette,  “and Kayti hanson threaded the needle with a nice pass to Macomber, who laid in the shot with 10 seconds left.”

After Park Center took a timeout with 6 seconds left, the Elks forced them to take a deep 3-pointer that was off the mark.

“It was an exciting back and forth game,” said Caouette, “and I was proud of the girls for hanging in there and pulling this one out.”

The Elks trailed 28-23 after the first half in which they shot poorly and were a step slow on defense.

Using a press in the second half, the Elks picked up their intensity somewhat and took the lead behind Sizen’s sharpshooting, but never got more than four points ahead.

“Annie couldn’t miss, and she continued to get open looks,” said Caouette. “It was a great shooting display our kids did a great job getting her the ball.”

Senior post Victoria Jenson added 17 points. Hanson scored 8, Macomber 7, and Jordyn Sohns 5. Makenzie Frericks missed the game with the flu.

The Elks have won four straight, and seven of eight, boosting their ledger to 5-4 in conference and 9-6 overall. Park Center is 1-8 and 4-8.

The Elks will host Champlin Park on Tuesday evening.

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