Girls’ hoops recap: Andover continues winning ways

Andover (4-4 overall, 4-3 NWSC) maintained its place among the top four in the Northwest Suburban Conference following a 60-53 win over Elk River Dec. 20.

Anoka's Emily Keis, right, goes up for a lay-in against Armstrong. Photo by Bill Jones

Anoka’s Emily Keis, right, goes up for a lay-in against Armstrong. Photo by Bill Jones

Panthers Jenna Murphy goes up for a lay-up against Coon Rapids. Photo by Bill Jones

Panthers Jenna Murphy goes up for a lay-up against Coon Rapids. Photo by Bill Jones

 

The Huskies have played one game more than the next four teams in the conference, including the 3-3 Elks. Champlin Park, Anoka and Park Center also entered the holiday break with 3-3 NWSC records, while the Elks have a better 7-4 overall record.

Andover picked up its third straight win by overcoming a three-point halftime deficit against the Elks Dec. 20.

Legacy's Emily Kirby, right, looks for a shot inside the paint. Photo by Bill Jones

Legacy’s Emily Kirby, right, looks for a shot inside the paint. Photo by Bill Jones

Elk River’s Shelby Gracik had a game high 22 points, while Andover’s McKenzie Becker added 17 points on 5-of-14 shooting from the field, but made 5-of-6 free throws, pulled in six rebounds and had five steals. Katie Yoder also had six rebounds, eight assists, two steals and nine points. Haydn Becker added 11 points (two steals) and Amelia Leger had 10 points and a team high six steals in the win.

The Huskies made 12-of-18 free throws in the game (66 percent), but just 6-of-23 three-pointers (26 percent) while shooting 34 percent (21-61) from the field.

Andover’s defense was opportunistic as it stole the ball from the Elks 19 times, but handed the ball back to Elk River 23 times.

Anoka keeps Bengals winless
Anoka (3-3, 4-3) concluded its 2012 portion of the schedule with a 41-24 home win over Blaine (0-7, 0-9) Dec. 20.

The Bengals struggled to score as Anoka built a 27-17 lead in the first half and parlayed that into a 14-7 margin in the second half for its second win in the last six games.

Anoka junior Kyrah Fredenburg had a game high 13 points, while Amber Bray and Claire Lundberg each had eight points. Blaine’s Allison Jablonsky led the team with nine points.

Pirates lead too much for Coon Rapids
Park Center built a 13-point lead by halftime in its Northwest Suburban Conference game against Coon Rapids Dec. 20. The Cardinals’ second-half comeback fell just short in the end as they dropped to 1-5 in the Conference (3-6 overall) following the 69-66 loss.

The loss was the Cardinals’ fourth in six games which included some of the better squads in the conference – Elk River, Andover and Anoka.

The Pirates’ Cayla McMorris led all scorers with 26 points, while the Cardinals were guided by Courtney Pasiowitz and Shayla Huffman, who each had 17 points.

Panthers end 2012 strong
After losing to Robbinsdale Cooper 66-52 Dec. 18, Spring Lake Park rebounded with a 51-44 win over Chisago Lakes to improve to 2-1 in what has become a congested  at the top of the North Suburban Conference. The one-loss Panthers sit tied for fourth place with Irondale (2-1), while three schools remain unbeaten in conference play – Cooper, Benilde-St. Margaret’s and North Branch.

Spring Lake Park trailed 23-21 at the half against the Wildcats, but used a 30-21 second-half for its second conference win of the season.
Panthers’ forward Breanna Semanko had a game high 19 points as 10 different players factored in the scoring.

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