Girls basketball: Tigers, with a lift from Boettcher, top Eagles 66-16

Girls basketball: Tigers, with a lift from Boettcher, top Eagles 66-16


Girls basketball: Tigers, with a lift from Boettcher, top Eagles 66-16


Given her preference, Samantha Boettcher would just as soon come off the bench.

“I think it’s better for me,” the St. Cloud Tech junior forward said Tuesday night.

Boettcher scored 13 points to help host Tech beat St. Cloud Apollo 66-16 in a Central Lakes Conference girls basketball game.

In a night when Tech did just about everything better, the Tigers also got to display the strength of their bench. Giving Tech a spark off the bench is just fine with Boettcher.

“I’m not good starting,” she said. “I don’t come out well.”

Boettcher had 11 points at halftime and Tech’s second-leading scorer was junior Kaelyn Angell, the Tigers’ other top bench player, who had eight in the first 18 minutes.

“I just felt comfortable today,” she said.

Tech improved to 5-1 in the Central Lakes Conference and 9-2 overall and is host to Rocori on Friday.

“It was nice for Sam to hit some jump shots,” Tech head coach Sascha Hansen said. “Her outside shot is better than last year.

“She’s pretty athletic and that’s just another thing to add to her game.”

Apollo (0-6, 0-11) trailed 41-8 at halftime and made 36 turnovers.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” said Steve Wagner, who is Apollo’s co-head coach with Jill Lipp. “The year’s not over.

“We’ve got to go back to practice and work hard. We need to crank up the intensity and like we talked about before the game, we need to cut down the turnovers and start taking more shots.”

Tech applied some full-court pressure and recorded 22 steals.

“Our kids played well,” Hansen said. “They played hard.

“Obviously, we focus on defensive pressure and that caused a lot of problems for Apollo. It’s something we stress, so that was nice to see.”

Hansen is happy to see the Tigers spread out their scoring. They were led by Kaila Burroughs. The 6-foot senior headed to Division I Denver had 14 points. Nine players scored.

“Balanced scoring is something we’ve stressed,” Hansen said. “We’ve gotten proportionately better the last few games and it’s something we need to see.

“When you go down to the state tournament, you see teams with balanced scoring so that you can’t focus on any one player defensively. That’s what we’re striving for.”

Boettcher was happy with the win, too.

“I was excited and nervous (coming in),” she said. “We don’t usually play our best against teams we expect to beat.”

That was notion quickly disappeared for Tech on Tuesday.

APOLLO – Mickey Sarclay 1 (3 steals), Kalli Mathiasen 0, Brooke Benner 4 (6 rebounds), Morgan Tesch 2, Mary Thuok 5 (8 rebounds), Beauty Flowers 0, Hannah Staska 2, Calli Lynch 2, Kelsey Reed 0, Sarah Fujan 0, Paige Huewe 0, Cassie Dickey 0, Martha Tuok 0. Totals: FG 6, FT 4-5, REB 27, ASST 0, TO 36, ST 10, PF 13.

TECH – Leah Wurm 2 (4 assists, 4 steals), Elizabeth Krippner 10 (4 steals), Kaila Burroughs 14 (4 assists), Jill Kedrowski 6 (4 steals), Tiana Brown 9 (7 rebounds), Kaelyn Angell 8 (3 assists), Sam Boettcher 13 (4 steals, 3 assists), Becca Baer 0, Kirsten Haus 2, Kelsey Kline 0, Sammi Moeller 2. FG 24, FT 12-15, REB 31, ASST 18, TO 12, ST 22, PF 10.

Halftime score: Tech 41, Apollo 8.


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