Girls basketball squads get in a winning groove

Rockford and Delano turn back all comers

BY DAVID PEDERSEN

Between the Rockford and Delano girls basketball teams it was four recent games played and four wins rung up.

Both teams have bought into the winning tendency in recent weeks with more consistent play. Rockford started the season slow, losing nine of 10 games, but has picked up the pace, winning eight of the last 10 games, including three in a row.

Delano only played once last week, resulting in a 65-48 victory against Mound-Westonka, improving to 13-6 overall. The Tigers have won four of the last five games.

Brooke Lemke led Delano with 17 points and four assists, while Bria Barfnecht had 14 points and seven rebounds and Alex Wittinger pulled down 17 rebounds to go with 12 points. Tori Hanson contributed with eight points and seven rebounds, while Kalley Koch had four assists and Erin Norling had four steals.

Delano has two players who are difficult to stop. Wittinger and Barfnecht are nearly identical in their state output. Wittinger averages 16.7 points and 9.6 rebounds, while Barfnecht averages 16.6 points and 9.2 rebounds. Lemke averages 13.7 points per game.

“Our perimeter shooting against Mound’s zone was solid, even though we unknowingly played the entire first half and into the second half with a men’s basketball,” said coach Amy Gould. “Brooke Lemke played a well-rounded game, making five of seven from the 3-point arc. Plus she defended their top shooter and set up her teammates.”

Delano is home against Annandale Friday, Feb. 14 and against Holy Family Catholic Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Rockford won three recent games, starting with a 74-37 romp over Breck Thursday, followed by a 67-49 victory at Maple Lake and Monday took down Eden Valley-Watkins 47-41.

Coach James Carr said the EVW game was a grind it out victory where ever possession mattered. He said every time EVW made a run a Rocket would make a big basket.

“We kept our composure and made the right basketball play,” adds Carr. “It was fun to see our girls compete for the entire game. Confidence is a wonderful thing. We now have to keep taking those steps to go in the right direction.”

Sam Bagaason had the hot hand shooting, netting 23 points. Carr says Jordan Weeding scored 10 points, but more important, was everywhere on defense, tipping balls and getting steals.

In the win over Breck, 11 of the 13 players scored points. Only two were in double figures, Weeding with 18 points and Brianna Calder with 10 points nine rebounds and three steals. Abby Botten had nine points and Allison McNeal scored eight points and had five rebounds.

Weeding powered the offense against Maple Lake with 22 points nine rebounds, three blocks and three steals. Botten netted 16 points, Bagaason had nine points and three assists and Calder grabbed eight rebounds to go with six points.

The Rockets play at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Thursday, Feb. 13 and get a rematch at EVW Tuesday, Feb. 18.

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