Pine City 53, Royalton 43
Pine City traveled to St. John’s University on Tuesday, March 5, to take on Royalton. The Dragons went to the locker room with a 30-18 half time lead and continued to play the second half with determination, defeating Royalton 53 – 43.
“Royalton has so many good 3-point shooters and with the 6’3” kid in the middle, the kids knew they had to play great defense all night,” said coach Ted Hasz. “I cannot say enough about the defense Chloe Alleman and Hannah Lorsung played against the 6’4” kid from Cathedral and the 6’3” kid from Royalton in back to back games. It allowed us to be able to get out on shooters and made a huge difference.”
Alaina Steele was strong on defense with 10 steals to go along with her 12 points. Sophie Lahti’s height and reach were also a huge factor for the Dragons defensively throughout the game.
Lahti also put four points on the boards for the Dragons.
Offensively Ellie Hasz had a big second half, after a bit of foul trouble, and finished with 20 points, including going nine for 10 from the foul line. Lily Wilson showed her strength with 13 points and nine assists. Ashley Faur hit a deep three-point shot in the first half and also had three assists.
Albany 60, Pine City 29
On Friday night, March 8, Pine City traveled to St. Cloud State University to face up against Albany in the section final. Unfortunately, the shots were not falling for the Dragons as their outstanding season came to an end with a 60 – 29 loss.
“The kids were ready to play and we had a good game plan and great practices leading up to the game, we just didn’t execute it the way we wanted to,” said coach Hasz. “It was kind of the perfect storm and we couldn’t get out of it.”
The Dragons girls basketball team will say good bye to five great senior captains, Chloe Alleman, Emily Carpenter, Hannah Husom, Hannah Lorsung and Jolie Wicktor. These young ladies have left their mark on the program and the results will be seen of what they have done for the culture of the program for years to come.