by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Elk River managed one good half while the Buffalo Bison put together two good haves and beat the Elks 74-64 in the girls basketball opener Tuesday night at ERHS,
Senior guard Alexa Thielman poured in 26 points and made several steals and five assists for Buffalo.
The Elks led most of the first half and trailed by just 37-33 at the break. Buffalo opened a 15-point lead in the second half when the Elks committed a stream of turnovers , mostly on bad passes.
“We had way too many turnovers. Our youth was exposed,” said Elk coach Reed Caouette, who had five seniors, two juniors, a sophomore and a freshman on the court. “And our defense was out of position a lot. But they’ll get there. They do hustle.”
Junior guard Jordyn Sohns scored 16 points, senior post Victoria Jenson 13, and soph guard Shelby Gracik 12 to lead the Elks.
Buffalo also got 18 points from 6-1 junior post Emily Spier and 10 from Jamie High.
Bison coach Scot Sorenson, asked about pulling away in the second half, commented, “We diid a better job keeping the ball away from the basket. And we pressured them better on their outside shots, after they did a number on us in the first half with their three-point shooting.”
The Elks finished with six 3-pointers including two each by Gracik and Holly Skalsky. Buffalo had four treys, all by Thielman. The Elks had a good night at the free throw line, 9-for-11. Buffalo was 10-for-14.
The Elks will open conference play at Armstrong on Friday evening.
Buffalo – Alexa Thielman 26, Jamie High 10, Jill Wackler 6, Maddie Rohl 4, Audrey Gilbert 4, Whitney Anderson 2, Tiah Marr 3
Elk River – Victoria Jenson 13, Jordyn Sohns 16, Holly Skalsky 6, Dani Detloff 2, Dani Edwards 5, Anna Hollag 3, Shelby Gracik 12, Mikayla Macomber 7