Girls’ basketball update: Dec. 8-11

After two losses by a total of 16 points, Andover won its first game of the season, downing Armstrong 75-58 to improve to 1-4 overall, 1-3 in the Northwest Suburban Conference standings, Dec. 6.

The Huskies built a 13 point halftime lead and made that stand in the second half as McKenzie Becker had a game-high 21 points and Olivia Graham pulled in 13 rebounds in the win.

The Tornadoes couldn’t overcome a six-point halftime deficit as one of the Northwest Suburban Conference favorites – Osseo, did enough to pick up a 49-43 win at Anoka Dec. 6.

Anoka had a chance to reach a 3-0 start on its home court, but Janay Morton’s game-high 17 points helped spoil Anoka’s chances.

Coon Rapids
The Cardinals dropped to 1-3 as Elk River topped Coon Rapids 57-42 Dec. 6. Coon Rapids entered halftime down by 15 points and couldn’t edge any closer in the second half. The Elks were led by Shelby Gracik’s 12 points.

Anoka picks up 66-51 win at Coon Rapids Dec. 11
After losing two straight games, Anoka rebounded for a 15-point road win at Coon Rapids Tuesday evening. Anoka junior Claire Lundberg had a game-high 19 points.

Spring Lake Park
Spring Lake Park used a 17-0 start in the opening 6:15 of the Dec. 8 contest in Blaine (0-6) and held on from there for a 59-31 non-conference road win to snap a three-game skid.

The Panthers (2-3) pushed its hot start to a 35-15 halftime lead and outscored the Bengals by eight points in the second half.

Bri Semanko led the way with 19 points and Christina Wakeman added 18 points as the Panthers made 14-of-21 free throws but struggled from the three-point line going 1-for-15.

Blaine was led by Alex Howe’s 13 points.

The Bengals continued to struggle under second-year head coach Mark Engelhaupt as sixth-ranked Osseo was the latest to overwhelm Blaine 51-20, Dec. 11. The loss drops Blaine to 0-6.

St. Francis
After an 0-4 start, including two losses by a total of six points, St. Francis found its offensive surge in an 83-78 win at Princeton, Dec. 8.

The Saints led by six points at the half and that was more than enough to pull out the non-conference road win despite Princeton outscoring St. Francis 45-44 in the second half.

St. Francis’ Emily Larson scored a game-high 24 points while the Tigers were led by Jenna Doyle’s 13 rebounds.

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