by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
The Zimmerman Thunder girls, coming off a season with just two wins, seem to be making good progress.
The Thunder even picked up a trophy on Wednesday evening, beating the Ogilview Lions 78-64 for the championship of a four-team Ogilvie tournament.
The Thunder (3-7) passed last season’s win total while handing losses to Cromwell (6-4) and Ogilvie (5-5). The score against Cromwell was 57-31 on Tuesday.
“The kids are real excited,” said Lance Dalbey, who became their coach this year. “This should be a great confidence-builder.The kids have been playing well. We had closes losses to St. Francis and North Branch just before Christmas.”
Dalbey added that Cromwell and Ogilvie are small schools and he anticipated beating them.
Zimmerman was led in scoring by junior wing Heather McCormick with 18 points, freshman guard Nikki Jurik with 17, and junior wing Melissa Dorn with 13.
The Thunder were averaging 43 points before the Ogilvie game, with a high of 55, but put up 78 points despite shooting 19-for-45 on free shots and missing a starting guard, Cassie Ortberg, who was on a skiing trip.
“We’ve been trying to get the kids to push the ball more,” said Dalbey. “We are trying to find our style. Not being the most talented team, we are trying to get pressure on the ball, force bad shots and run the open floor.”
The Thunder will play at Becker next Thursday.