Basketball: Thunder get group scoring effort, beat Mora 63-42

 

Heather McCormick scored for Zimmerman on a breakaway and was fouled by Mora's Kennadie Anderson. McCormick made the free shot, too. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

Heather McCormick scored for Zimmerman on a breakaway and was fouled by Mora’s Kennadie Anderson. McCormick made the free shot, too. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

 

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

There’s an obvious difference between Zimmerman’s prospects each night in girls basketball as compared to the boys team.

“We don’t have that one player who’ll go out and give you 25 every night,” chuckles coach Lance Dalbey, referring to the Thunder boys’ 1,000-point star Jake Wilson.

Amber Magnuson turns and scores for the Thunder. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

Amber Magnuson turns and scores for the Thunder. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

“For us to win, everybody’s got to be doing it. We need five or six girls right around double figures and some help from the bench. When we get that, we have a good chance.”

The Thunder (10-15) had one of those games were everybody pitched in a little and they beat Mora 63-42 at home Tuesday evening.

Heather McCormock scored 14, Brooke Borchardt and Lexi Wiemeri 9 each, and Amber Magnuson 8. They were backed up by Melissa Dorn with 6, Sabrina Steinke 6, and Jami Schuster and Kaitlin Mason 4 each. Borchardt, Weimeri and Magnuson gave the Thunder a rebound edge.

The Thunder defense was stout, too, as it often is.

Kaitlyn Mason (20) of the Thunder closely guards Taylor Robb (20) of Mora. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

Kaitlyn Mason (20) of the Thunder closely guards Taylor Robb (20) of Mora. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

“Our defense always plays pretty hard,” said the coach.

Zimmerman led 27-21 at the half.  The Thunder used a tough half court trap defense in the second half that flustered the Mustangs and allowed the Thunder to pull away.

The Thunder averted a last-place finish with the win. They are 4-11 in the Granite Ridge. Mora and Milaca have just two wins each.

 

The Thunder will close the regular season hosting Little Falls on Friday evening.

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