by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Elk River picked up its third straight girls basketball win, this one at the Monticello holiday tournament, 58-42 over Minneapolis Washburn on Tuesday afternoon.
“We had a tale of two halves, with pretty good offense in the first half, and good defense and not much offense in the second half,” reflected coach Reed Caouette.
The Elks (3-4) will face Becker (3-4) in the semifinals 5:45 p.m. Wednesday followed by Dassel-Cokato vs. Monticello.
Elk River led 32-27 at halftime, and pulled away in the second half despite shaky field goal shooting.
At the line, they were pretty good, 20-for-30. Ironically the only Elk who struggled at the line was their scoring leader, Victoria Jenson.
The Elks kept funneling the ball inside to Jenson, 5-foot-10 senior post, and she laid in 17 points, although just 5-for-12 at the line. Six teammates combined for a 15-for-18 mark at the line with Shelby Gracik 4-for-4.
Holly Skalsky dropped in three 3-pointers and totaled 11 points.
Chase Coley, a slender and slipper 6-foot-2 sophomore, scored 19 points for the Millers (5-4) and blocked several shots. She’s the daughter of coach Tyler Coley.
Becker beat Albany 50-40, Dassel-Cokato beat Sauk Rapids-Rice 52-34 and Monticello stopped Princeton 65-42.
Elk scoring – Victoria Jenson 17, Holly Skalsky 11, Shelby Gracik 7, Anna Rollag 6, Dani Detloff 6, Michelle Botts 4, Jordyn Sohns 3, Mikayla Macomber 2, Dani Edwards 2