Girls’ basketball: Huskies, Cardinals Bengals, win openers

Andover

Andover opened the season with a 55-51 win against Forest Lake to give first-year Huskies head coach Robb Belschner his first win Dec. 3.

Andover's Katie Yoder, left, drives to the basket during the season-opener against Forest Lake. Photo by Bill Jones

Andover’s Katie Yoder, left, drives to the basket during the season-opener against Forest Lake. Photo by Bill Jones

Andover senior guard Haydn Becker led the way with 18 points and classmate Madi Hahn added 12 points. Fellow senior guard Katie Yoder added nine points and converted some key free throws down the stretch in her return to the court after an ACL injury ended her junior season last January.

Andover traveled to Osseo Dec. 5 to open the Northwest Suburban Conference season before returning home to face Coon Rapids Dec. 10.

Blaine

After not winning a game last season, Blaine tasted its first victory in 29 games with a 62-50 win over Duluth East Nov. 30.

Coon Rapids downs Panthers

Coon Rapids overcame a three-point halftime deficit to open the season with a 61-58 win at Spring Lake Park Dec. 3.

Panthers freshman forward Jenna Murphy had a game-high 30 points and sophomore Aamira Redd had 10 points, but that wasn’t enough for new Spring Lake Park coach Randy Eatherton to pick up win No. 1.

Coon Rapids had a diverse attack led by senior forward Maegan McKernon with 14 points, junior Heather Burt with 12 points and freshman center Kaylee Porisch with 10 points.

The win avenges last season’s 48-45 season-opening loss to the Panthers during a season in which the Cardinals finished with a 6-21 record.

Blaine’s Alyssa Nebo, left, drives around a Duluth East player during the Bengals 62-50 season-opening win, Nov. 30.

Blaine’s Alyssa Nebo, left, drives around a Duluth East player during the Bengals 62-50 season-opening win, Nov. 30.Photo by Bill Jones

Legacy Christian

Fridley handed Legacy Christian a 61-44 loss in the season opener in Andover Dec. 3.

The Tigers opened a 33-19 halftime lead and never allowed Legacy to creep back into the non-conference contest behind a game-high 22 points from Suzanne Gilreath.

Lexi Weddle led the Lions with 15 points and Kayla Ruf added nine points.

St. Francis

New St. Francis coach Trevor Schneeberger couldn’t generate a win in the season and home opener against Owatonna Nov. 30. The Huskies walked off the Saints floor with a 66-40 win.

St. Francis traveled to Roseville Thursday before hosting Coon Rapids Dec. 10. It continues to alternate home and away games for the first five contests of the season and doesn’t start play in the Mississippi 8 Conference until it hosts Big Lake Jan. 7.

Jason Olson is at
jason.olson@ecm-inc.com

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