Lady Spoilers play with heart
Grafton girls lose to talented Sacred Heart team
The Grafton girls basketball team fell to the East Grand Forks Sacred Heart Eagles last Friday by a score of 58-38.
The Spoilers were led in scoring by Megan Osowski and Emma Suda with 10 points each. Sacred Heart was led by Michelle Remer with 19 and Anya Edwards with 15.
Grafton played well in the first and fourth quarters outscoring the Eagles 20-15. Unfortunately the second and third quarters also had to be played. A 15-0 run by Sacred Heart in the second quarter that included three 3-pointers, two by Edwards and one by Stacy Remer, spread the score by as much as 18 at one point.
Grafton opened the game with a full-court press that initially caught the Eagles by surprise prompting coach Joann Remer to call timeout at 4:26 with her team ahead 7-5. The Eagles made the necessary adjustments and eventually pulled ahead by five at the end of the first quarter with the score 12-7.
The Spoilers pulled to within one early in the second quarter before the Eagles pulled ahead for good. By the end of the first half Grafton was down by a score of 33-14.
Sacred Heart came out in the second half and simply outhustled Grafton.
“Our defensive transitioning really hurt us,” said Grafton’s coach Laurie Sieben. “They did a nice job on the boards and pushed the tempo. We need to do a better job of defensive transitioning and stopping the ball when teams push tempo in the full court like Sacred Heart did.”
Emma Suda consequently picked up her third foul early in the third quarter and had to sit or play with caution for the remainder of the game resulting in a lack of offensive options for the Spoilers. Jillian Hanson did score all six of her points in the quarter, but Sacred Heart eventually opened their lead to 55-25 by the end of the third quarter.
The Spoilers picked up the pace in the fourth quarter largely in part to the hustle of Osowski. Her efforts picked up the play of her teammates prompting a couple of late timeouts by the Eagles.
“Megan (Osowski) gave us a scoring spark last Friday and did a nice job attacking the basket, which was nice to see,” said coach Sieben.
Grafton’s defense held Sacred Heart to only three points in the fourth quarter and cut the final score to 58-38.
“Defensively we looked good when we scored with them,” said Sieben “Although, against high quality teams we need to do a better job of taking care of the ball and being more productive with our offensive possessions. We also need to work on getting better quality shots. In time I see this improving as these girls get used to playing at this higher level and also when they get used to playing with each other once each of them develop into their roles. It’s a work in progress, practices have been good and the girls just need to keep their confidence up.”
Grafton’s record falls to 1-4 as they travel to Larimore on Thursday to play the 5-2 Polar Bears.