Girls Basketball recap, Nov. 27

Spring Lake Park 48, Coon Rapids 45
Spring Lake Park controlled a narrow lead throughout the contest to win its season opener behind a game-high 17 points from Breanna Semanko and 10 points from Panthers teammate Christina Wakeman at Coon Rapids Nov. 27.

Spring Lake Park’s Breanna Semanko, right, keeps the ball away from a Cardinals defender during Tuesday night’s opener at Coon Rapids. Photo by Bill Jones

Coon Rapids coach Toni Jesinoski said the difference in the end came down to taking care of the ball and executing under pressure, despite rebounding well. “We made too many mistakes when we had a five point lead,” she said as they dropped the home and season opener. Cardinals senior center Courtney Pasiowitz had nine points and eight rebounds to highlight the stats sheet for the home side.

Panthers coach Lori Thompson said her squad did a good job of pressuring the ball and matched-up against the Cardinals well in terms of size and skill in the post. Feeding the ball into the post too early was one struggle Tuesday night. “We need to work on moving the ball around firriest and then feeding our bigs,” she said. Another area is collecting rebounds and loose balls as a team and not relying on the inside players to clean up the boards. “We are playing with more confidence this year as we have several returning players,” she added.

STMA 52, St. Francis 32
St. Francis hit the road to open the 2012-13 season at St. Michael-Albertville Nov. 27. The Saints were held to a 26-14 deficit by halftime and couldn’t get back into the contest in the second half thanks to shooting 24 percent from the field. The Saints made 10-of-17 free throws.

St. Francis’ Taylor Snelling had a team-high 10 points, grabbed six rebounds and two steals.

Forest Lake 73, Andover 48
One of the section favorites, Forest Lake took care of business on opening night against Andover Nov. 27.

The Huskies were held to just 15 points in the first half and trailed 42-15 at the break. They couldn’t overcome the hole in a 25 point loss to open the season as Rangers Bailey Norby scored a game-high 26 points.

Anoka 53, Rochester Century 27
Anoka kept visiting Rochester Century in check in the first half, limiting the Panthers to 11 points in the first half. Anoka forward Claire Lundberg had a game-high 18 points in the home and season opening win Nov. 27.

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