Fire Basketball go 4-0 In the Glencoe Holiday Tournament


Claire Melander

Reid Stark ’19

The fire basketball teams were hard at work over Christmas break coming up with a pair of victories in each of their respective tournaments.

Girls Basketball


Coming into the game Thursday night, the girls basketball team was on an 8 game win streak. They looked to continue the momentum they’ve had this season against Detroit Lakes. The first half was a close game as Detroit lakes weathered the Fire’s attack responding with their own. A impressive half court shot from Leigh Steiner at the buzzer gave Holy Family an 8 point lead at half 41-33.

Detroit Lakes had managed to keep it a close game until half but the Fire blew open the gates in the second half. A strong defensive presence by Holy Family’s bigs along with tight guard pressure held the Detroit Lakes offense to 26 in the half. In turn many of Holy Family’s players contributed on offense with four players scoring 10 or more points. Junior Grace Elander lead the way for the Fire with 20 points. Seniors Julia Geurs(12) Leigh Steiner(11) and Anna Vakulskas(10) made up with other high scorers for the Fire. The final score of the game was Holy Family 84 Detroit Lakes 59.


The Fire now on a 9 game win-streak looked to up it to double digits with a win against Glencoe-Silver Lake on Friday night. The Fire came out strong from the start gaining a big lead early and keeping it for the remainder of the game. The defense for the Fire had a huge impact on the game as Holy Family held Glencoe to 16 first half points. A big reason for this was the strong inside presence by posts Grace Conroy and Julia Geurs as they came away with many blocks on Glencoes drives.

Holy Family’s scoring was very even this game as Grace Conroy was the only player with double digit points with 13. Grace Elander(9), Leigh Steiner(8) and Abbey Fink(7) were the other top contributors to the Fire’s offense. The final score was Holy Family 66 Gelncoe-Silver Lake 39.

Now riding an impressive 10 game win-streak the fire will look to keep the momentum going into the New Year against Delano next Friday, January 4th.

Boys Basketball


Boys basketball, with an undefeated record of 7-0 faced off against Belle Plaine on Thursday Night. The outcome of this game was decided early as the Fire jumped off to a double digit lead almost right out of the gates. Ball movement was a big part of this win as the Fire assisted on 21 of their 28 made field goals. Nick Hendler was the leading scorer with 21 points. Reid Stark had 18 points with 8 rebounds and Jacob Konz scored 11 for the Fire as well. Holy Family went on to win this game 78-42.


The Boy’s basketball team played Glencoe-Silver Lake in the championship game of Holiday Tournament. Glencoe had no intention of letting the Fire dominate as they had the previous game. The Fire jumped out to a quick 11-2 lead but Glencoe battled their way back into the game holding Holy Family to 25 points for the half. At half it was a 3 point game with Holy Family at 25 and Glencoe at 22.

The second half was also very hard fought between the two teams as the lead never increased to more than 10 for the Fire until the very end. Free throws are what allowed the Fire to close out the game as they hit 17 of their 23 free throws. Nick Hendler once again lead the way for the Fire with 14 with Ryan Bowlin and Jacob Konz contributing 13 and 9 respectively. The final score ended Holy Family 60 Glencoe-Silver Lake 49 as the Fire improved to 9-0 on the season.

The Boy’s Basketball team will try and keep the undefeated season alive into the New Year next Saturday, Jan 5th against Holy Angels.