Girls’ basketball: Jan. 14 update

• No. 3 ranked (Class AAAA) Centennial remained unbeaten (7-0, 9-2) in the Northwest Suburban Conference after a 61-44 win against Anoka Tuesday night, ending a four-game winning streak for the Tornadoes.

Centennial’s Jasmin Bretoi had a game-high 22 points and Anoka’s Claire Lundberg was the only maroon and white player in double digits with 16 points.

The loss drops Anoka to fourth place in the NWSC with a 5-3 record (8-5 overall), one-half game ahead of Andover (4-3, 7-5).

• Maple Grove (4-4, 7-5) proved to be too much for Andover (4-3, 8-4) in a 75-64 NWSC setback for the Huskies which led by five points at the break. The Crimson handed Andover its third loss in four games highlighted by 21 points each from Kaela Jones and Mackenzie Barta. Andover’s Maddie Hahn led the visitors with 17 points and Haydn Becker added 11 points.

• Blaine picked up its first conference win by way of a 51-49 score at Robbinsdale Armstrong Tuesday. The Bengals moved within a half game of the Falcons and Coon Rapids at the bottom of the conference standings in posting its fourth win of the season, two wins shy from their six wins in 2011-12.

The Bengals led 28-19 at the half and held off Armstrong off just enough at the end to preserve the victory, despite a 30-23 run in the second half. Blaine post ShaRon Miller led all scorers with 21 points and Alex Howe had 11 points.

• Fourth-ranked Minnetonka sent Coon Rapids to its ninth consecutive loss, 76-31, in a Lake Conference/Northwest Suburban Conference crossover contest played in Coon Rapids Tuesday night. The Skippers led 44-17 at the half and continued to dominate Coon Rapids by a 32-14 margin in the second half.

Minnetonka’s Courtney Fredrickson had a game-high 23 points and Caroline Shelquist contributed 20 points. Coon Rapids was led by Maegan McKernon with eight points.

• Legacy Christian’s second-half comeback bid fell one basket short in a 48-46 MCAA Conference loss to Trinity in Andover Tuesday. Lions Lexi Weddle led the way with 19 points and Cali Weddle had 11 points to drop the squad to 0-3 in the conference and 1-8 overall.

• Spring Lake Park won for the second time in 2014 by handing St. Louis Park a 68-59 loss Tuesday night after starting the season with nine consecutive losses.

J. Murphy scored a game-high 23 points for the Panthers and Brynn Murphy added 13 points in the North Suburban Conference win.

Spring Lake Park beat Big Lake 55-44 Jan. 3 to get into the win column behind 23 points from J. Murphy.

• St. Francis fell top 3-7 overall with a 55-23 loss at Cambridge-Isanti Tuesday night. Bluejackets Lily Porter and Maria Vavra each had 13 points while the Saints countered with nine points from Ameh Ogbemudia.

St. Francis was outscored 25-9 in the first half and couldn’t find its scoring touch in the second half.

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

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