by Eric Oslund
The Zimmerman girls basketball team headed into this weekend with a 2-0 record, but their head coach Lance Dalby was looking for more scoring production. They were averaging 66.5 points per game, but missing a lot of easy shots in the paint they should be making.
The Thunder hosted Milaca on Friday, Dec. 9, and were able to score 80 points. Surely it was the kind of offensive production Dalbey was looking for, but if you look closer, the team still only shot 39 percent from the floor. Luckily for them, though, they had sophomore guard Alyssa Daugherty leading the way.
She made 50 percent of her shots against Milaca, went 5-for-6 from the free-throw line and made 42.9 percent of her three-point shots. She scored a game-high 32 points and was the offensive catalyst her coach had been searching for.
The Thunder then took their 3-0 record on the road to Grand Rapids Saturday, Dec. 10, a game that Dalbey stressed would be difficult for them. The Thunder play a full-court press on defense and are constantly giving 100-percent effort. There is not much time for them to rest, and that concerned Dalbey when he saw they had to play on back-to-back nights.
He was also concerned about the drive to Grand Rapids, but he knew they would just have to make the trip and give it all they had.
The girls ended up losing the game 83-86, outscoring Grand Rapids 46-40 in the second half. It was a hard-fought game by both teams, but again, it was missed opportunities that killed the Thunder. They made just 38.7 of their shots from the floor, which still leaves room for improvement.
Daugherty once again had a great night, scoring a team-high 25 points and going 5-for-6 from the three-point line. This game, however, she received help on the offensive side of the court with Naomi Hagstrom recording 22 points and Ilea May getting a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
Up next, the Thunder will travel on the road to St. Cloud Cathedral on Thursday, Dec. 15, where they will look to improve their shooting against the 4-1 Crusaders.