Pine City girls basketball reaches 20 wins, for the fourth season in a row, with three conference games to play.

Pine City 76, Hinckley-Finlayson 35

As a team, the Dragons dished out 23 assists and forced 28 turnovers on their way to a nice conference win over the Hinckley-Finlayson Jaguars. The Dragons hit 15 three-point shots in this game with eight of the nine Dragon scorers hitting at least one three-pointer.

“The kids did a very nice job of moving the ball and finding our shooters in rhythm with their feet ready,” said coach Ted Hasz.

Ellie Hasz finished with 26 points, including six three-point shots to go along with her four total rebounds, two assists and two steals.  Sophie Lahti had a solid game with nine points, two total rebounds and two assists.  Alaina Steele added eight points, seven assists and five steals.  Meredith Kolling amd Lily Wilson both had seven points. Ashley Faur had six points and led the Dragons in rebounds with seven.  Maddie Berglund had five points, Kloey Lind had four points and Makenna Nelson had three points.

Pine City 66,  Milaca 52

 The Dragons battled for a big section win in Milaca.  The game was back and forth throughout, with Milaca leading much of the first half; however, Pine City finished the first half with the run that would give them the lead, 29-26. In the second half, the Dragons continued to lead and were able to knock down their free throws to clinch the win, going 28 for 34 from the line.

Sophie Lahti went nine for 11 at the line and finished with 21 points, seven total rebounds and three steals.  Ellie Hasz went 10 for 11 at the line and finished with 17 points and three total rebounds.  

Alaina Steele had eight points, five assists, four total rebounds and three steals.  Lily Wilson had seven points, two total rebounds, and two assists.  Meredith Kolling had seven points and seven total rebounds. Kloey Lind had four points and four total rebounds and Ashley Faur had two points, three total rebounds and two assists.

Pine City 63, East Central 56

 The Dragons finished the week on the road for the third time in five days to take on East Central. East Central is the second place team in the Great River Conference.

“It is tough to play three games in five days, especially if all three are on the road,” said coach Hasz.  “We were proud of the kids for finding a way to get the job done against a very scrappy East Central team who came into the game with a very good 15-5 record.”

The Dragons led 29-19 at half time and were up by as many as 15 points in the second half, but East Central battled, hitting big shots to keep themselves in the game. The Dragons had very balanced scoring with five players in double figures.  Lily Wilson had 14 points and  Sophie Lahti had 14 points each. Ellie Hasz had 11 points. Ashley Faur and Meredith Kolling both ended the night with 10 points each.  

It was another good week for Pine City girls basketball as the Dragons have five more games to get ready for a run in the playoffs.  

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