The Grand Rapids Thunderhawk girls basketball team cruised to their 10th straight win with a 71-22 drubbing of the Duluth Denfeld Hunters on Friday evening at the Grand Rapids High School Gymnasium.
“It was a good victory. Everybody got in and everybody got to score tonight. The girls were excited about that,” Grand Rapids head coach Dave LaCoe said. “We wanted to come out and play our game. We wanted to work on our press. We knew they were going to play zone and they came out in a box and one and the girls adjusted.”
Every player that suited up for Grand Rapids in the game recorded a point for the Thunderhawks with Ashley Chandler and Lindsy Mattson recorded their first varsity points.
Ashley Runge and Brynn Joki paced the Thunderhawks. Runge finished the night with 13 points and Joki added 10 points.
The game was never in doubt as the Thunderhawks raced out to a commanding 15-2 lead in the early going.
Grand Rapids closed out the first half on a 14-0 run to take a 31-7 lead into the break.
The offensive struggles continued throughout the night for the Hunters. The Hunters struggled with the strong defense of the Thunderhawks throughout most of the game.
The Thunderhawks outscored the Hunters, 40-15, in the second half. The Thunderhawks used their bench for much of the contest as 15 players recorded points in the game.
“It’s huge, not only for the rest of this year but for next year,” LaCoe said. “They have to practice against the varsity girls and it’s nice. All the girls root for each other and that’s nice to see.”
It was a nice tune-up for the Thunderhawks as they get ready to host the Duluth East Greyhounds on Friday, Jan. 25. The last Thunderhawk loss came at the hands of Duluth East in Duluth on Tuesday, Dec. 18 and the Thunderhawks are looking to avenge that loss.
“It’s a big one. We want to redeem ourselves from earlier in the season. That was the worst game we have played all year,” LaCoe said. “We are ready for them. We have a full week of practice next week and that’s our only game next week. We are going to gear up for them and be ready to go.”
The Hunters were led offensively by Kayla Petrich and Madison Pertler. The duo finished with six points each. Morgan Wallner added four points while Chelsea Udjur finished with three points. Jena Dieryck added two points and Steph Krause finished with one point.
Runge finished with 13 points including two three-pointers for Grand Rapids. Joki added 10 points. Katie McBride finished with eight points. Meredith Rothstein had a strong first half finishing with seven points including one three-pointer.
Jenna Gillson and Sarah Stejskal finished with six points each. Karly Ackerman and Mattson finished with four points. Chandler finished with three points with a three-point basket. Kasey Petersen, Kelly Niles, Jessi Corrick and Stacy Perreault finished with two points each.
The victory improves the Thunderhawks to 13-4 overall on the season. Grand Rapids returns home for a battle with the Greyhounds on Friday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Rapids High School Gymnasium.