Brandt lifts Wolves to fourth victory
Behind a season-high 21 points from senior guard Anna Brandt, the Harris-Lake Park girls basketball team collected a 43-29 victory over border rival Mountain Lake Christian Dec. 13 in non-conference play.
Brand connected on 10 field goals, surpassing the total amount of made baskets from the rest her club. She was one of the few bright spots in a sluggish overall effort, shooting 56 percent and adding four rebounds, five assists and four steals.
"We looked like we haven't played for a week, which is true, and possibly had a lazy snow day on Saturday," said Harris-Lake Park coach Jenni Spooner. "I am hoping we have the bugs out of our system for the rest of the week. We only got to the line to shoot eight free throws for the night, so I did not feel like we attacked their 2-3 zone very well. We connected on 19 of our 36 field goals for 53 percent and what really hurt us was our great 3-point looks that would not fall. We were 1-for-7 from the 3 point arc."
In spite of the poor showing by H-LP, the Bears looked outmatched from the get-go, falling behind 13-4 after one quarter and 24-13 at the half. The Wolves outscored MLC 19-18 in the second half.
H-LP ruled the boards, grabbing 41 total and 20 offensive rebounds. They also came away with 20 steals. Lydia Brandt had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds (8 offensive), followed by Noreen Morrow with six points, 10 boards and four steals off the bench. Mariah Gath also had five rebounds and five steals.
The Wolves (4-2 overall) must show great improvement with games against Cornbelt Conference title contenders Clay Central-Everly and North Sentral Kossuth to finish off a tough week.
"As a team we had 30 turnovers and a lot of those were from traveling and telegraphing our passes," said Spooner. "We have a room for improvement for the rest of the week. I know some night this season -- hopefully soon -- all 11 players will come together and give the "212" (team) effort that we are asking for and have an amazing performance, it just wasn't there tonight. We never got in the rhythm of the game."