by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
The progress made by the Elk River girls basketball team was evident on Tuesday evening as they cruised 57-36 over Robbinsdale Armstrong at home.
The Elks had beaten the same team by just 40-36 in the conference opener on Dec. 3 on the way to a 1-5 start. They are now 6-6 in conference and 10-8 overall.
“We’ve gotten a lot better,” acknowledged coach Reed Caouette.
Senior guards led as Kayti Hanson scored 13 points and Annie Sizen 11. Senior forward Makenzie Frericks and junior forward Mikala Maconber added 9 each.
Sizen contributed three 3-pointers to a big first half as the Elks rambled to a 30-9 lead.
“In the first half, we were really clicking,” said Caouette. “We were making steals, holding them to one or no shots, moving the ball, finding open people, and attacking the boards. And we had good scoring balance again.”
The Elks ended a two-game skid, having lost to Champlin Park 70-65 and Maple Grove 66-38.
It was a fast game with only 14 fouls called, five on the Falcons and nine on the Elks.
Sarah Palmer scored 14 points and Kassie Kaluzniak 10 for the Falcons (2-10 conference, 6-12 overall).
Elk River will host Centennial on Tuesday evening.
Elk scoring — Michelle Botts 2, Emily Ecklund 2, Jordyn Sohns 7, Kayti Hanson 13, Annie Sizen 11, Makenzie Frericks 7, Mikala Macomber 9