Girls basketball: St. Cloud Tech ends season after loss to Elk River

Girls basketball: St. Cloud Tech ends season after loss to Elk River


Girls basketball: St. Cloud Tech ends season after loss to Elk River



Call Sascha Hansen disappointed.

The St. Cloud Tech girls basketball coach expected the Tigers to be at their best and she doesn’t think they were Saturday night.

Second-seeded Tech lost 57-41 to third-seeded Elk River in the Section 8-4A semifinals, ending the Tigers’ season.

“You have to give Elk River credit,” Hansen said. “They played well ….

“But it would be different if we could say it was our best effort and we lost today. But that wouldn’t be the truth. At least when you play well and lose you can handle that. We didn’t play up to our potential today.”

Tech (23-4) shot 19 percent from the field and struggled with 17 turnovers. The Tigers went the first 11 minutes of the second half with one field goal.

Elk River (13-15), meanwhile, put together one of its best performances of the season.

“I would say it was our best defensive effort,” Elk River head coach Reed Caouette said.

The Elks also are big and strong. They had a size advantage against Tech and made the most of it.

Abi Scheid, a 6-foot-2 sophomore post, had 19 points, eight rebounds, four blocks and three steals. Sidney Wentland, a 5-11 freshman post, added 10 points, eight rebounds and three blocks.

Molli Detloff, a 5-9 freshman wing, came up with 14 points, eight rebounds and three assists.

“We have some size,” Caouette said. “We’re pretty strong.

“We know we have talent. We didn’t always put it together during the season. We’re in a tough conference (the North Suburban), obviously, with a lot of real good teams (including Park Center). We feel that prepares us really well for this time of year.”

Elk River advances to the Section 8-4A title game at 7 p.m. Friday at St. John’s University.

The Elks will play top-seeded St. Michael-Albertville. The Knights beat Rogers 54-32 in Saturday’s other semifinal at St. Michael-Albertville High School.

“They do play in a really good conference,” Hansen said of the Elks. “Their record is deceiving. They play some really good teams.”

Tech briefly grabbed the lead in the first half, going up 22-17 in the first half.

Elk River took a time out and closed the first 18 minutes on an 8-0 run.

The Elks really never looked back after that. It had Hansen searching for answers.

“I think a lot of things,” she said. “We shot 19 percent and that’s uncharacteristic of this team.

“The big girl in the middle (Scheid) is one of the best posts we’ve seen this year. We didn’t come out ready to make plays. I think we were a little hesitant. You have to knock down some shots and we didn’t do that today.”

Kaila Burroughs led the Tigers with 12 points and six rebounds.

The 6-0 senior is headed to Division I Denver next season. Junior post Tiana Brown added 11 points and five steals. Senior guard Leah Wurm also had a nice floor game with five steals.

ELK RIVER — Erin Ness 0, Anna Rollag 2, Gabi Haack 14 (8 rebounds, 3 assists), Sidney Wentland 10 (8 rebounds, 3 blocks), Abi Scheid 19 (8 rebounds, 3 steals, 4 blocks), Shelby Gracik 0, Ava Kramer 2, Jayme Langbehn 5, Molli Detloff 7. Totals: FG 20, FT 15-22, PF 24, REB 41, TO 21, ST 8.

TECH — Leah Wurm 2 (5 steals), Lizzy Krippner 6, Kaila Burroughs 12 (6 rebounds, 3 steals), Jill Kedrowski 2 (2 steals), Tiana Brown 11 (5 rebounds, 5 steals), Kaelyn Angell 4, Sam Boettcher 4. Totals: FG 11, FT 17-28, PF 16, REB 36, TO 17, ST 17.

Halftime score: Elk River 25, Tech 22


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