Basketball: Anoka stymies Elk girls 78-59

Anoka’s tall, skilled, veteran lineup was too much for Elk River to handle as the Tornadoes drubbed the Elks 78-59 on Friday evening in Anoka.

It was the first blowout loss for the Elks, whose first eight defeats were by an average of 4.5 points and none more than 10. In the season opener, the Elks lost to Anoka 81-74.

“Their zone really bothered us. We couldn’t get anything going,” said coach Reed Caouette. “On defense, too, who had trouble with their height. They have four six-footers. They are just so big.”

The Elks fell to  3-8 in conference and 6-9 overall with four losses in five games.

“We are in a slump, but we will get out of it,” said Caouette.

Anoka, a state tournament team last year, improved to 8-3 in conference and 10-6 overall. They’ve lost twice to state champion Hopkins.

The Tornadoes bottled up Elk River’s 19-points-per-game center Abi Scheid, holding her to six points. Shelby Gracik scored 14 points and Ava Kramer 10 for the Elks.

Kyrah Fredenburg scored 16 points, Samantha Brannen 15, Claire Lundberg 14 and Ashley Bray 12 for the Tornadoes.

The Elks will host Blaine on Tuesday evening.

Elk River scoring — Shelby Gracik 14, Ava Kramer 10, Sidney Wentland 7, Abi Scheid 6, Anna Rollag 5, Jayme Langbehn 5, Gabi Haack 4, Erin Ness 3, Becca Brummer  2, Kelsie Cox 2, Molli Detloff 1