Delano boys capture two more victories to stay unbeaten
BY DAVE PEDERSEN
Delano’s girls basketball team continued to crack down on teams defensively, while cranking up the offense in two victories last week where the margin was by at least 40 points in both.
In the annual non-conference neighborhood rivalry, Delano dominated Rockford 75-31 Thursday after rolling over Big Lake 71-31 earlier in the week. The week prior, Delano allowed just 15 points to Sauk Rapids-Rice and only 10 against St. Cloud Apollo.
Against Rockford, junior center Alex Wittinger powered the offense with 25 points. Junior Bria Barfnecht scored 18 points and ninth-grader Erin Norling added 12.
The lone Rockford player scoring in double figures was Lugi Lee with 11. Rockford next plays at home against Holdingford, Friday, Dec. 20 and is at West Lutheran, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21.
Slowed down some inside against Big Lake, Delano had no trouble shooting from longer range as junior guard Brooke Lemke hit for 27 points. Wittinger scored 14 points, while Norling had 10 and Barfnecht nine.
The Tigers play at Watertown-Mayer, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19.
Tiger boys undefeated
Delano won two more boys basketball games to remain undefeated. The team had a close call when defeating Big Lake 54-51 and cruised to an 81-28 victory against Sauk Rapids-Rice.
The Tigers trained 13-7 early, but senior Damon Longstreet got a tip-in basket with three seconds to go in the half to give Delano a 28-25 lead.
Delano built a second-half lead to 14 points before Big Lake stormed back to cut the lead to one with 20 seconds to play. Senior Toby Hanson got fouled with six seconds left and made both free throws to ice the win.
Longstreet was a big force with 23 points, 15 rebounds and three blocked shots. Hanson added 17 points and 12 rebounds. Seth Norling was effective on defense, plus had eight assists and five points. Sean Campbell had seven rebounds and five points.
Against Sauk Rapids-Rice, Delano started with a 22-0 run, ending the first half with a 51-14 lead. Coach Terry Techam said a lot of his players made positive contributions to the win.
Sean Campbell was the leading scorer with 19 points, plus had six rebounds, four steals and three assists. Longstreet had 14 points, six rebounds and four blocks. Hanson netted 13 points as did Matt Kreklow. Norling helped with seven points, six rebounds and five assists.
Off the bench, Lucas Clements made two 3-point baskets, finishing with eight points. Nate Norman added four rebounds, assists and points to go with three steals.
Delano improved to 6-0 on the season. Longstreet leads the offense averaging 18.5 points per game, followed by Hanson at 16.2 and Campbell 12.2.
The Tigers are home to Orono, 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 before going to the St. Cloud tournament Dec. 28-30.