Holy Family Girls Basketball Keeps Rolling

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Photo by Rich Fink

Week 4 Overview

The Holy Family Girls basketball team looked to build upon their three game win streak against Glencoe-Silver Lake and Annandale.  Here’s a closer look at how the Fire fared:

Glencoe-Silver Lake

The Fire featured a balanced scoring attack in their 75-58 win over Glencoe-Silver Lake on Tuesday, December 18.  The Fire were able to pull away following a 35-28 halftime lead due to their great ball movement and limiting the Panthers leading scorer, Miah Monahan in the second half.  Nicole Bowlin led the way for the Fire with 18 points.  She was followed by Grace Elander with 17 points, Reagan Cizek with 14 points (career high), and Sophi Hall with 10 points.  For the Panthers, Monahan led all scorers with 23 points.  Ultimately, this performance marks the Fire’s fourth consecutive win.

Annandale

On Thursday, December 19 the Fire faced the Annandale Cardinals at home.  The Cardinals were section runner-ups to the Fire last March and are off to a 4-1 start to this season.  The Fire were able to keep their win streak alive, defeating Annandale by a score of 56-51.  The Fire continue to find their groove offensively and are firing on all cylinders.  Leading all scorers, was Abbey Fink with 24 points.  Grace Elander netted another 14 points and Nicole Bowlin had 12 points.  This is a big win for the Fire against a quality section opponent in Annandale and brings their win streak to five games.

Week 5 Overview

Over the Holiday break, the Fire travelled to St. Cloud to compete in the Granite City Classic.  After a 1-3 start, the Fire have pieced together five consecutive wins and are proving to be a formidable opponent with their offensive potency.

Sartell St. Stephen

The Fire opened the Granite City Classic on Thursday, December 26 with a win over Sartell St. Stephen by a score of 68-57.  The Fire’s scoring power was on full display with Abbey Fink netting 17 points, Sophi Hall with 16 points (career high), and Lucy Hertel with 14 points.  The Fire’s balanced scoring continues to give teams trouble.  Sartell St. Stephen toyed around with playing zone and pressing the Fire full court, but it was unable to slow the Fire down.

Henning

The Fire capped off the Granite City Classic with an impressive win over the previously undefeated Henning (9-0).  Henning was ranked fourth in Class A entering the contest and are now ranked first in Class A.  The Fire shut down one of the top sophomores in the state in Ellie Dague.  A skilled scorer and creator for her team, Dague netted 20 points.  However, this was not enough to combat the Fire.  Abbey Fink poured in 22 points and Sophi Hall and Grace Elander added in another 14 points, respectively.  This win marked the Fire’s seventh consecutive win and keeps the Fire rolling.

Looking Ahead

The Fire are beginning to hit their stride, racking up seven consecutive wins heading into conference play.  The Fire are now 8-3 this season.  However, the Fire have missed eighth-grade guard Sophie Zay their past four games.  Zay is a key reserve for the Fire as she plays with great energy and adds in a nice scoring punch.  She suffered a broken wrist against Providence Academy on Saturday, December 14.  The Fire, who are down to seven players coming off the bench, are hoping she has a speedy recovery and is able to return back to action soon.  This week, the Fire will take on Class 3A’s number 10 ranked team in Waconia and will also square off against Chanhassen and Delano at home.  The Fire hope to build upon their momentum and extend their win streak with balanced scoring and good team defense.