ANA DORAN heads to the basket after a steal in the second half against North Branch. Following the play are Sam Kuhlow and Talyn McClaflin. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

Ladies fall twice

Staff Writer
Ken Francis
The Big Lake girls basketball team lost two games over the past week.
Last Friday, the girls started out well but went cold with their shooting in a 72-48 loss to North Branch at home.
The Hornets didn’t score from the field until Kelly Jochum hit a jumper with 2:22 gone. Until then, Big Lake got all its points at the free throw line. 
With less than four minutes gone, the Vikings had already committed seven fouls, putting Big Lake in the bonus situation at the free throw line.
But North Branch was strong inside, which is why they led by five points, 12-7 with 13:36 to go in the first half.
Sam Kuhlow tapped in a rebound 30 seconds later, then Ana Doran stole the inbounds pass and scored to cut the gap to one point. A minute later, Talyn McClaflin completed a three-point play to tie the game at 14-14.
The Vikings continued to score inside and held the Hornets to outside shooting and free throws. After North Branch pulled out to a six-point lead, McClaflin and Kayte Whiteoak both connected on jump shots to get within a basket at 25-23 with 6:02 left in the half.
That’s when things went bad for Big Lake. Those jumps shots started missing the mark, and the Vikings went on a 14-4 run to close out the half. Big Lake’s only four points were scored by Kuhlow on a jumper and two free throws.
Trailing 39-27 at the half, the Hornets needed a boost to get the momentum back.
It didn’t happen.
The Hornets missed their first four shot attempts and the Vikings drove in for three straight three-point plays. The score was 53-27 before Emma Anderson put in a layup with 14:44 left to end the scoring drought for Big Lake.
The drought started again when the Vikings went on a 10-2 run. Big Lake’s lone score came on a layup by Paige Domyahn with 13:15 left.
She hit a jumper three minutes later, but the Hornets were still down by 30, and never got closer than 24 points the rest of the way.
Kuhlow had eight points to lead the team. Doran, McClaflin and Domyahn each scored seven. Nagorski had six and Whiteoak had five.
Tuesday, the Hornets had no chance in a 77-21 loss against St. Michael - Albertville.
The Knights (8-2) dominated play right from the start, opening up a 42-13 lead at the half.
The Hornets didn’t have the fire power to get back into the game and scored just eight points in the second half.
Courtney Nelson finished with seven points to lead Big Lake.
The Hornets are 3-9 on the season. They played Buffalo Friday, results to follow next week. They host Rogers Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. and visit Monticello on Friday.


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