Basketball: Thunder girls open with losses to Elks, Hudson

The Zimmerman Thunder opened the season with two losses at the Waconia tournament over the weekend.

The Thunder lost to Elk River 83-45 on Friday. Heather McCormick scored 13 points, Lexi Funaro 11 and Nikki Jurik seven.

Saturday’s game was much closer with Hudson (WI) holding off the Thunder 60-50. Kaitlin Mason and Amber Magnuson scored 11 points each and Funaro seven. Magnuson snagged eight rebounds.

“We executed pretty well and we were strong in hour half-court defense,” said coach Lance Dalbey, adding that the Thunder had trouble against the transition game, especially from Elk River. “These early games can be tough because you haven’t had much practice time.”

Zimmerman will host St. Francis on Thursday.