Basketball: Elk girls roll past Buffalo 75-50

Elk River junior Erin Ness retrieves a ball she knocked away from a Buffalo guard. Ness would take it to the hoop and score. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

The Elk River girls continued to roll up big numbers with a 75-50 win over the Buffalo Bison on Tuesday evening in Buffalo.

Junior guard Shelby Gracik sank 19 points, freshman center Abi Scheid 18 and senior guard Jordyn Sohns 13 as the Elks improved to 3-0 with a 78.7 scoring average.

Abi Scheid eyes the hoop at the free throw line, where she was 6-for-8. She tallied 8 points. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

It was the opener for Buffalo, a very young team hit hard by graduation. The Bison’s lone senior, Emily Spier, a 6-1 forward, scored 15 points.

“I was pleased with our uptempo game, and we had good scoring balance,” said Elk coach Reed Caouette, “but I thought defense was our biggest step forward tonight. We were able to put some pressure on the ball and get some traps and defend the perimeter better.”

The Elks had a batch of layups after ball steals by several players. They had for 3-pointers, two of them by Gracik, and made 14 of 23 free shots, with Scheid going 6-for-8.

Molli Detloff scored 9 points before leaving late in the game with a painful bruise above the knee. Anna Rollag scored 7, Erin Ness 3, Holly Skalsky 3, and Jessica Langbehn 2.

“I was also impressed,” said Caouette, “that we were up-tempo three fourths of the game, but when we slowed it down, we were still able to score.”

The Elks will host Centennial on Friday in their conference and home opener.

Elk junior guard Shelby Gracik (25) was about to score after making a steal, on the way to 19 points for the Elks. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

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