Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Big Game 2-10-12: Lakeville North surprises Eastview

Some of you have already read my report re. the Moorhead State women and their 6th straight win. But I just discovered that the #3 Lakeville North boys surprised #1 Eastview (at Eastview, no less), 57-56, giving the Lightning their 1st loss of the season.

Junior guard Grant Erickson scored his only 2 points of the night on a driving lay-up with 2.7 seconds remaining to win it. Lakeville had led by 9 at the half, but Eastview led 56-51 before the Panthers scored the last 6 point of the game to win.

I had said in an earlier report that I hoped Eastview would lose 1 in the regular season. I think most teams are more relaxed in the post-season that way, but time will tell.  But if the Lightning was going to lose, Lakeville North would be among the few candidates to beat 'em. Tyler Flack is one of the few kids down thataway who can match up to Joey King, and he did so for the most part though King ended up with an 18-12 advantage.

For the moment, I imagine that Eastview will fall all the way to #3 in the ratings. Hopkins, with 1 loss, will be #1 and Lakeville North, also with 1 loss, will be #2.

Moorhead State women 84 UMD 77

Left for dead a month ago, the Moorhead State women continued an unexpected resurgence last night, winning 84-77 at Minnesota-Duluth. They've gone from 3-8 and near the bottom of the Northern Sun to 9-8 and back in the playoff picture in 6th place.

UMD led most of the way last night--25-18 early on, 40-36 at the half, and by as much as 6 in the 2nd half at 42-36 and 58-52. Moorhead only took the lead for good at 66-65 with 3:28 on the clock on a free throw by Megan Strese. Strese quickly made 2 more throws, Morgan Zabel and Marissa Yernatich a pair of 3s and Zabel a pair of throws to close out a 13-0 run for a 76-65 lead at 1:12.

Yernatich came off the bench to score 19 points for the Dragons, Haley Thomforde did the same and scored 17. Angie Jetvig added 16 and 9 boards, 4 assists and 3 blocks. Yernatich, grew up 2 miles from the Romano Field House on the UMD campus where the game was played.

Last summer I tabbed the Dragons to contend for the NSIC title when it was announced that Angela Christianson would be coming from Drake to Moorhead. She was hurt early, then played very little as the Dragons struggled mightily to find some chemistry. Now Christianson has not appeared in a game since January 3 and Moorhead, 4-8 at that time, is 8-2 since. And, Christianson is no longer listed among the team roster on their Web site.

Player of the Day

Meanwhile, among the NSIC men, St. Cloud State won a 64-63 thriller over Mankato State on a Tim Bergstrasser put-back at the buzzer. Guard Brett Putz of the Huskies scored 22 points on 60-of-11 3-pointers, giving him a career total of 228 3s, 3rd on St. Cloud's all-time list.

But now that I have the high school results, I guess I am going to have to go with Thomas Sjoberg of St. Thomas as Player of the Day. He scored 36 points in the Tommies 61-47 win over Mahtomedi.

Coach of the Day

Karla Nelson, Moorhead State women, who kept her team together through some very very tough going.

And now I also have to recognize John Oxton of Lakeville North on his big upset last night.

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