Basketball: Elk girls can’t hold big lead, fall to Maple Grove and hot shooter 66-58

Jordyn Sohns (20) of the Elks got fouled by Makenzie Barta on this drive to the hoop. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Jordyn Sohns (20) of the Elks got fouled by Makenzie Barta on this drive to the hoop. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

Elk River had a 14-point lead in the second half but wound up getting trounced by Amy Davison and the Maple Grove Crimson  66-58 at home Friday evening.

Davison had two points at halftime but the senior point guard poured in 30 points in the second half for a total of 32, including five 3-pointers and 11-for-14 on free shots.

Abi Scheid (44) of the Elks looks for a pass while tightly covered by Maple Grove's Madison Ordner. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Abi Scheid (44) of the Elks looks for a pass while tightly covered by Maple Grove’s Madison Ordner. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

The Elks led 34-22 at halftime and were still cruising at 44-30 before Davison started to catch fire with two straight 3-pointers. The Crimson edged ahead in the mid-50’s and built it to 10 points.

The Elks had won five of their last six and appeared headed for a big conference win over a good team, but could not finish. They went ice cold when Maple Grove started to rally, and reverted to their old habit of committing unforced turnovers.

Senior forward Madison Ordner added 18 for Maple Grove, now 7-2 in the NWSC and 9-4 overall.

Junior guard Shelby Gracik sniped for 19 points with four 3-pointers for the Elks (5-4 conference, 9-5 overall). Freshman center Abi Scheid scored 13 points and soph guard Anna Rollag 9.

Free throws were big reason for the outcome as Maple Grove made 24 of 30 and the Elks 10 of 20.

Elk River will play at Armstrong on Tuesday.

Elk scoring — Erin Ness 1, Jordyn Sohns 5, Jayme Langbehn 6, Anna Rollag 9, Shelby Graciik 19, Molli Detloff 3, Abi Scheid 13

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