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Huskies take down Falcons 71-18

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Owatonna center Ava Olson jumps up to win the opening tipoff against Faribault. Olson and the Huskies crushed the Falcons 71-18 to earn the team’s first win of the season. Staff photo by Johnnie Phillips
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Johnnie Phillips, Sports Editor

Huskies’ girls basketball head coach Pat Webb earned the first win in his debut season by beating Faribault 71-18 at home this past week.

Owatonna was on fire from all areas of the court against the Falcons and scored at will, while holding Faribault completely in check on defense.

“We got after it. It’s been like that since day one at practice. We told the girls that if we come out like the way we did at Farmington, good things will happen,” said Webb.

Despite the overwhelming scoreline, Owatonna started somewhat slow against Faribault.

The Huskies allowed the Falcons into the bonus early in the first half, allowing the opposition to score the majority of its points via free throws.

“We told them that we have to play with our feet. It begins and ends there. It’s about keeping our girl in front of us and putting the pressure on. We were a bit handsy in the beginning, but we bounced back and recovered well,” said Webb.

Owatonna’s shift in play was hard to miss, just like the team’s shooting from the field.

The Huskies' three-point shooting and suffocating press defense helped the team accumulate a 46-12 lead at the half.

After returning to the court, Owatonna finished off Faribault with stellar defense in a 26-6 second half, allowing the team to cycle in the majority of its bench to gain varsity experience.

Over the course of the game, Webb’s squad shot 38.1% from three-point range and held the Falcons to just two field goals. The rest of Faribault’s points came from 14 made free throws.

Leading the way for Owatonna was junior guard Abby Shornock with 20 points.

According to Webb, the win was a great display of team play and a continuance of the team’s will to fight after losing a close 64-60 battle against Farmington earlier in the week.

Against the Tigers, Owatonna found itself up 29-21 at the half, but a lights-out second half was enough to push the Tigers past the Huskies.

Owatonna scored 31 points and continued its offensive success, but the team was unable to hold off the hot-shooting Tigers, who put up 43 points to edge out the Huskies by four points.

Shornock led the Huskies with 13 points in the loss.

Webb’s squad will travel to Mankato West next to face the Scarlets in a game on Friday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

Team

1st

2nd

Final

Faribault

12

6

18

Owatonna

45

26

71

 

Player Stats

 

                        P     R    A

Shornock          20    0    2

Olson               9      7    0

M. Fisher          9      2    2

Brady               9      1    1

Klecker             8      1    1

Schlauderaff     5      2    1

Coleman           4      3    1

Pool                 3      1    2

Neumann          2      8    1

Muir                  2      1    1

Hodgman         0      5    3

J. Fisher           0      2    0

Ringhofer         0      0    1

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