Tiger girls improve to 6-1
BY DAVE PEDERSEN
Delano won seven straight boys basketball games with leading scorer Damon Longstreet in the lineup and suffered the first loss without the 6-foot-6 senior.
It was early in the 61-45 victory over Hutchinson Tuesday when Longstreet sprained an ankle and left without scoring. He did grab five rebounds and blocked two shots in his brief stint. Until then he was averaging 18 points per game.
The Tigers went on to defeat Hutchinson but could not keep up the pace in a 61-43 loss to Orono Friday. The game was close the first 10 minutes before Delano fell behind 39-22 at the half.
Toby Hanson led the Tigers in scoring with 15 points. Matt Kreklow had 12 points, five blocks, four rebounds and four steals. Sean Campbell had 10 points and Seth Norling added five points and five rebounds.
Against Hutchinson, Campbell provided an offensive spark early by scoring 14 points in the first half as Delano built a 30-19 halftime lead. Seth MacLeod, the first player off the bench, missed the game due to sickness.
Hanson powered the offense with 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Campbell finished with 19 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Matt Kreklow, a 6-7 center, provided 12 points and 10 rebounds. Norling had six points, five rebounds and five assists.
Delano heads to the Granite City Classic in St. Cloud, facing Rocori Friday, Dec. 27 at St. Cloud Apollo High School and goes against St. Francis Saturday, Dec. 28 at St. Cloud State.
TIGER GIRLS ARE 6-1
Delano’s girls basketball team only had one game last week, but it was another win, making it four straight as the team improved to 6-1 on the season.
The Tigers defeated Watertown-Mayer 52-47 Thursday. Scoring leaders were Bria Barfnecht (15), Alex Wittinger (14), Brooke Lemke (8) and Makenna Giese (7).
Wittinger leads the team averaging 16.4 points per game, while Lemke and Barfnecht are tied at 14.4 per game.
Delano will enter the Marshall Tournament starting at 7:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27 against the host team. On Saturday the Tigers will face Sioux Falls Washington from South Dakota, 4:15 p.m. Delano plays at Zimmerman Jan. 3.