Basketball: Elk girls’ youth, depth showcased in 82-56 win over Buffalo

Elk freshman Gabi Haack (32) races upcourt after a steal, trailed by xxxxx.

Elk freshman Gabi Haack (32) races upcourt after a steal, trailed by teammates Ava Kramer (31) and Shelby Gracik (25), and Buffalo’s Chloe Boster, Lauren Schultz (31) and Carolyn Feddema (10). (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

 

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

The Elk River girls continue to run up lofty point totals, even when the opponent endeavors to take away one of their big weapons.

The Elks (2-1) cruised 82-56 over the Buffalo Bison at home Thursday evening, following an 81-74 loss to Anoka and 77-51 win over Blaine.

Elk freshman Sidney Wentland lines up a free shot on the way to scoring 16 points. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Elk freshman Sidney Wentland lines up a free shot on the way to scoring 16 points. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Twelve players scored, and it’s worth noting that 49 points came from ninth- and 10th-graders. One of them, freshman guard Kelsie Cox, played the last 40 seconds and got them over 80 with a 3-point play inside, then a 12-foot jumper.

Buffalo was determined not to let Abi Scheid beat them as they got physical with the 6-2 sophomore and she never got untracked and scored two points … but the Elks still scored 82, mainly with their depth and sheer athletic ability.

“They put two or three girls on Abi and pushed her under and got bodies on her,” said coach Reed Caouette. “But we got some three’s tonight, and our guards made some nice drives and opened things up.”

Senior guard Shelby Gracik sank 17 points, freshman forward Sidney Wentland 16, freshman guards Ava Kramer and Gabi Haack 13 apiece, and junior guard Anna Rollag 10.

“We had more open looks from the perimeter than our first two games,” said the coach. “This was our best shooting game percentage-wise.”

The Elks made nine 3-pointers: four by Gracik, three by Haack and two by Rollag.

Buffalo (1-2) got 10 points each from Nicole Duske.

The Elks have a home-court back-to-back as they will host Andover on Friday evening.

Elk River scoring — Becca Brummer 2, Erin Ness 3, Kelsie Cox 5, Alyse Grunewald 1, Jayme Langbehn 2, Anna Rollag 10, Shelby Gracik 17, Ava Kramer 13, Gabi Haack 13, Sidney Wentland 16, Abi Scheid 2, Jessica Langbehn 2

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