The Anoka Tornadoes, who lost at home to Elk River on Dec. 3, returned the favor Thursday evening, sinking the Elks 68-58.
Two tall junior guards led Anoka as 5-10 Kyrah Fredenburg poured in 28 points and 6-1 Claire Lundberg added 16. The Tornadoes made 20 of 23 free shots with Lundberg 9-for-10 and Fredenburg 6-for-7. They also made six 3-pointers, four by Frendenburg.
Elk River, down by 12 in the second half, pulled within one, then gave up an 8-0 run, then got within one a second time, only to falter again and give up a 10-0 run. Unforced turnovers continue to plague the Elks, while Anoka’s hot shooting didnt’ help, either.
Junior guard Shelby Gracik scored 19 for the Elks, hitting three 3-pointers and 4-of-4 free shots. Freshman center Abi Scheid had 16 points.
Senior guard Jordyn Sohns added eight and freshman forward Jaime Langbeyn seven Langbeyn left the game after taking a hard fall.
The Elks were 12-for-16 on free shots.
When Elk River won 61-48 at Anoka, the Tornadoes had a 3-3 record. They are 10-3 since then, currently with five straight wins. The Elks are now 7-7 in conference and 11-9 overall. The Tornadoes are 10-5 and 13-6.
The Elks will play at Blaine on Tuesday.