Delano’s Hanson hits for 31 against Hutchinson
Girls win three more
by DAVE PEDERSEN
SUN PRESS Newspapers
Toby Hanson is playing with vengeance this season for Delano boys basketball, which means Mound-Westonka better be ready when it comes to Delano, 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 as part of a girls and boys double header.
MW was the only team to defeat the No. 4-ranked in Class 3A Tigers this season until losing to Litchfield 60-49 in a rare offensive letdown.
The next task for Delano would be to avenge the loss last year in the section title game when Hanson had trouble finding his shooting touch that had put him on top of the team scoring list.
This year the junior has not had many cold shooting nights on the court, outside of the seven points netted against Litchfield. Hanson had a peak performance scoring 31 points in the 74-52 win at Hutchinson earlier last week and is averaging 16 points on the season.
“Toby has been playing really well this year,” notes coach Terry Techam. “He has improved his defense and rebounding from last year. He has been very active on the defensive end getting steals and deflections. In the Hutch game I thought he did a great job of attacking the basket and was kind of feeling it from the outside.”
Hanson picked up the offense on a night when leading scorer Zach Checkal was under the weather and scored just 10 points. He averages 20 and was recently named as a player of the week for netting 27 and 25 points in two games.
Against Hutchinson, Hanson also had seven assists, five rebounds and three steals. Checkal added eight rebounds and three steals. Damon Longstreet had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds and Dalton Pulis had 10 points, five rebounds and three assists.
“We just never got our offense going against Litchfield,” said Techam. “We got down by 10 in the first half, but were able to cut the lead to five at halftime.”
In the second half, Litchfield pushed the lead to 10 and Delano could never cut into it. The Tigers went 5 for 19 from the 3-point line and Litchfield was 10 for 19.
Checkal led with 13 points and four steals. Pulis scored 10 points with five rebounds and Longstreet added eight points and 10 rebounds.
The game at Hutchinson was close for the first 10 minutes when Delano surged to a 15-point halftime lead that was stretched to 31 at one point in the second half.
Delano moved from a tie for first with Waconia in the Wright County Conference to a four-way tie for second at 5-2, 16-2 overall. The Tigers will face the top teams in the next games, facing Mound-Westonka (5-2) at home Thursday before going to challenge Waconia Tuesday, Feb. 12. Delano won the first matchup.
Girls win three more
Three more victories put the girls basketball team at 12-7 overall. Delano is home against Mound-Westonka, 6 p.m. Feb. 7, against Blake, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 and against Waconia, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12. Waconia sits on top the WCC at 9-1 while the Tigers are 5-4.
Delano opened last week with a 53-40 victory against Hutchinson when Alex Wittinger led with 23 points, 16 rebounds, four blocks and four steals. Katie Emmer had 22 points, 10 steals and four rebounds.
In the 56-42 win against Litchfield, Emmer netted 20 points, Wittinger had 16 and Brooke Lemke added nine.
The Tigers stayed hot with a 60-31 romp over Zimmerman in a Saturday non-conference game. Wittinger scored 16, Bria Barfnecht 13 and Emmer added 12 points.
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