The Crookston Pirate Girls Basketball team started the game on a 22-2 run and went the rest of the way to a 68-21 win in a hard fought game at Crookston.
FIRST HALF –
Crookston started the game with a 20-2 lead with Emma Osborn having a hot hand early while scoring 12 of the team’s first 14 points. “Emma was ready to go and it showed tonight,” pirate coach Darin Zimmerman said. “She was solid offensively and defensively and she really got us going.” Halle Winjum was the other pirate to score a basket in that streak before Hayden Winjum made back-to-back steals for baskets. Abby Borowicz followed with two consecutive baskets for the 202-2 lead. In the race, Crookston senior, Hayden Winjum broke the school record with his second steal of the game for the 389th of his career, breaking Kamille Wahlin’s record. “It was lucky to be home and it was special that Kamille was able to be at the game to pass the torch to Hayden,” coach Zimmerman said. “It’s an incredible record. 388 is a lot of steals, so for Hayden it’s a testament to her ability and the teammates she’s played with.
Bagley stopped the Pirates’ run with a Hillary Maruska field goal, but Crookston’s Emma Gunderson responded with three straight runs for a 28-4 lead. “Emma had an outstanding game at Hawley and followed that up in that game,” coach Zimmerman said. “She’s a hard worker and it pays off.” Crookston had a 34-8 lead when they were on a 14-0 run behind a basket from Ally Perreault, another three from Emma Osborn, Halle Winjum, Perreault and Osborn added baskets and Bailey Cameron buried a three for 48-8 in the lead with 2:32 to go in the half. The pirate starters did not play the rest of the game. Crookston took a 53-17 halftime lead. “They were a great basketball team,” Coach Zimmerman said. “We had open eyes and it’s amazing what happens when you move the ball like we did. Bailey shot very well tonight. It was fun to see her shoot well and it was a good way to end the half.
Neither team committed a foul in the first half!!
SECOND PART –
Crookston didn’t play against the starters in the second half and Bailey Cameron continued his fantastic game with back-to-back baskets to give the Pirates a 57-13 lead. “We wanted to keep the pressure solid in the second half,” coach Zimmerman said. “We also needed to work on our spacing.” Crookston beat Bagley in the second half by a 15-8 margin and some of the highlights of the second half were Ellie Nesseth grabbing seven rebounds, Cameron scoring a career-high 13 points, and she also had five interceptions. “Ellie did a great job putting a body on somebody to get the rebounds,” Coach Zimmerman said. “That bouncing number doesn’t surprise me because she played well tonight.”
Crookston picked up a 68-21 victory. “It was a solid game and now we have some time to prepare for Fergus Falls,” coach Zimmerman said.
Crookston improves to 4-2 on the year and will be out until December 28, when they face Fergus Falls in the first round of the Fergus Falls Holiday invitational. Bagley drops to 2-7 on the year.
|Emma Osborn||17||3||2 assists|
|Bailey Cameron||13||2||5 interceptions|
|Emma Gunderson||ten||2 interceptions|
|Halle Winjum||seven||4||4 steals/3 assists|
|Hayden Winjum||6||3||6 steals / 4 assists|
|Abby Borowicz||4||3||2 assists|
|Ally Perreault||4||2 interceptions|