Barnesville and Crookston were even at 26-26 at halftime on Thursday night, but the home town Pirates won the second half 34-27 to take a 60-53 victory over the lady Trojans.
“I thought Crookston did a great job tonight shooting the ball,” said Barnesville Head Coach Ryan Bomstad. “They did a tremendous job getting to the basket. We were on our heels all night. Coach Zimmerman had his kids ready to go.”
Barnesville lost the battle of the boards, 35-27 and struggled with their shooting, hitting only 29% (18-61) of their shots. Crookston shot 48% (24-49).
“We made a couple of runs to keep us in it and take a lead but then they would hit a shot or a three to put them up or keep them in,” said Bomstad. “When you are on the road you have to have laser focus and we did not have that tonight. The great thing is we can learn from it and use it in a positive way. We are only 10 games in and I really like this teams grit. We will bounce back. It definitely doesn’t get any easier with Pelican coming up next. We will get back to the basics and get ready for that Heart O Lakes matchup.”
Emma Nielsen led the lady Trojans with 12 points and Grace Mulcahy had 10 points. Nicole Herbranson and Bobbie Lewis added 9 points each. Herbranson led the team with 5 rebounds and 6 assists.
“Bobbi Lewis and Grace Mulcahy did some amazing things tonight,” reported Coach Bomstad. “Bobbi hit some big threes for us to keep us in the game the second half while grace is getting better and better every day. She is giving us great effort on both ends of the floor. So happy for those two seniors. I feel very fortunate to be in the game. We shot 29 percent to their 48. You are not going to win many games shooting 29. However we almost stole one on the road doing that. Very proud of the effort. We have to clean a few things up but we definitely don’t want to be playing our best basketball right now. You don’t want to peak too early. It was another test on the road and we were able to see where we have to get better.”
The loss snapped a four game Barnesville winning streak and leaves the lady Trojans with a record of 8-2 heading into their Tuesday home contest against Pelican Rapids.