Basketball: Champlin trips Elk girls 54-51

Elk guard Gabbi Jung tried to drive the baseline where she was met by Champlin Park's Genevae Adkins. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Elk River guard Gabbi Jung tried to drive the baseline, where she was met by Champlin Park’s Genevae Adkins. (Photo by Bruce Strand)


Champlin Park sank 24 of 31 free shots and foiled the Elk River Elks 54-51 on Tuesday evening at ERHS.

Elk River trailed by as much as 39-29, then caught up at 48-48 on a 3-pointer by Shelby Gracik. But the Rebels made their last six free shots, including two each after Abi Scheid and Anna Rollag fouled out.

Shelby Gracik of the Elks bolted toward the basket past Rebel guard Kelli Heytens. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Shelby Gracik of the Elks bolted down the lane, with Rebel guard Kelli Heytens defending. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Gracik scored 20 points with three 3-pointers, but came up shot on a 3-pointer to tie with five seconds left. Scheid had 13 points, Jordyn Sohns 10 and Rollag six.

The Elks were 11-for-17 at the line and didn’t shoot well from the field either except for Gracik. The Elks did have a rebound edge and good defensive pressure to stay in the game.

Rebel point guard Alexis Alexander scored 13 points and kept the ball under control, in contrast to the Elks who had around 30 turnovers.

Kalli Zimmerman scored 11 points, sinking 9-for-10 at the line. Seven different players scored on free shots with Alli Zopfi 4-for-4 while scoring 8 points.

These evenly-matched teams split for the season with the Elks winning 46-41 on the Rebels court. Champlin Park is 10-7 in conference and 14-9 overall. The Eks are 9-8 and 13-9.

Elk River will play at Champlin Park on Friday.

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