Harris-Lake Park girls win 4th straight
The Harris-Lake Park girls basketball team is rolling in the second half of the regular season after picking up its fourth straight win, a 65-31 War Eagle Conference victory over Trinity Christian at home on Tuesday.
"I think we looked good," Harris-Lake Park coach Andy Irwin said. "One of the things we wanted to work on was our man-to-man defense, and that worked well for us tonight. We're real happy with the way that worked out."
Offensively the Wolves had one of their best outings of the season, despite getting out to a bit of a "rocky start" according to Coach Irwin.
"We talked about a couple of different things with our man-to-man (offense) that we wanted to do and we executed that," he said. "We were a little bit rocky in the beginning, but then we started executing that a little bit more. We were able to show a couple different looks with our man offense and I think that was a real positive."
After pushing the lead to 45-24 through three quarters, the Wolves were able to make some substitutions in the final stanza, and the scoring didn't dip.
"One of the other positives that we had was we were able to sub some kids in and they were scoring too," Irwin said. "Our kids that were coming off the bench did a good job of going right in and doing what the first group did. It was good to see them in there."
Taylor Meyer finished with a game-high 20 points for the Wolves, but several players showed their offensive capabilities on the night. Jazmin Voehl had 11. Mady Brevik finished with nine. Blake Gunderson had eight. Brianne Ihnen had six points for the Wolves.
Coach Irwin said he hopes to continue to see balanced scoring moving forward.
"Then teams can't focus on one person," he said. "If they want to put a lot of effort toward Taylor, we can score elsewhere. It's always better if you've got a total team effort. That's one of the things that this group of girls has done a really good job of. They play well together. They've been playing together for quite awhile, but it seems like they're playing even better recently."
The Wolves are now 6-9 overall and 6-7 in the War Eagle Conference and are enjoy their current win streak.
"It's just one of those things where we knew we could get to that spot," Irwin said. "It was just a matter of making sure that we stayed positive until we got there. We had some losses in the beginning. Then we had some close losses. Then it's like, 'We can win some of these games.' Then we were able to get South O'Brien in that close win. Then it seemed to just snowball from there."
The Wolves return to action Thursday, Jan. 18 on the road against Sioux Central in Sioux Rapids.