by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
The Elk River girls did not resemble a team riding an 11-game losing streak on Friday night, and that’s why they were able to break it with a 59-40 victory over Blaine at home.
“We took care of the basketball tonight, and we rebounded,” said coach Reed Caouette. “We had good defensive pressure and denied what Blaine likes to do.”
And they hit free throws. Eight Elks went to the line once each, and they combined to sink 13 of 15.
Senior post Victoria Jenson laid in 19 points down low. Sophomore guard Shelby Gracik sniped for 18, including three 3-pointers. Junior guard Jordyn Sohns added 10.
Britta Carr scored 15 points and Alysha Heath 9 for the Bengals.
The Elks were able to toss the ball around and take time off the clock in the final minutes, an unfamiliar drill for a team on a long losing streak (including a 42-33 loss to Blaine), but handled it nicely, hung on to the ball and padded their lead.
The Elks had not win since going 3-0 in the Monticello tournament just after Christmas. This was their first victory of 2012.
“Our girls’ spirits have remained high,” said Caouette. “They come to practice every day ready to go, and they are excited for each game.”
The Elks remain in last place with a 2-14 conference mark. Blaine is one rung up at 3-14 in conference and 4-18 overall.
The Elks will play at Anoka on Tuesday.