Basketball: Elk girls pull away from Blaine 77-51

Two productive post players and an effective press in the second half, helped Elk River beat the Blaine Bengals 77-51 Tuesday evening in Blaine.

Elk freshman Sydney Wentland, the backup post, sank 17 points, cashing 9 of 10 free shots.  Sophomore starter Abi Scheid added 15 while blocking several shots and grabbing double-digit rebounds.

Coach Reed Caouette noted that Scheid had early foul trouble, and Wentland, while taking her spot, played a strong game on the blocks.

After a sloppy first half with lots of fouls, the Elks started to pull away in the second half when their press kicked in.

“We did a good job on the press and got turnovers that led to some transition baskets,” said Caouette.

Guards Shelby Gracik and Anna Rollag sank 10 points each and another guard, Ava Kramer, added 8 points.

Ten players scored for the Elks (1-1) in their first win. Blaine dropped to 1-2.

Elk River will host Buffalo on Thursday evening.

Elk River scoring — Hannah Graif 2, Alyse Grunewald 2, Rachel Ness 2, Gabbi Haack 7, Sidney Wentland 17, Jessica Langbehn 3,  Anna Rollag 10, Shelby Gracik 10, Ava Kramer 8, Abi Scheid 15