HOWARD LAKE – It had been nearly two weeks since the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted girls’ basketball has played a game. Coming off the long break proved to be tough to overcome for the Lakers as they struggled at times in a 73-51 loss to the Holdingford Huskers Thursday night at home.
“That’s the positive we could look at there,” HLWW coach Ryan Petersen said. “We fought back. We’ve seen that all year. I just wish we would have seen it a little bit more today. A little more fight just to get us over that next edge and close the gap even more.”
HLWW and Holdingford traded blows early on in a battle of two of the teams in the Central MN Conference. A 3-pointer from CJ Decker gave the Lakers their first lead of the game at 15-14, but it was the Huskers who used a 1-3-1 zone to take control of the game from there. Holdingford used an 11-0 run to take a 33-23 lead into the locker room at the half.
“We knew it was coming, but they kind of threw us off a bit,” Petersen said. “We thought there was going to be a little bit more pressure. They played us a little different than they’ve played other opponents. It threw us off a little bit. We tried to adjust and they did a great job of adjusting, too. They’re a great defensive team and hard to figure it out. Luckily we’ll have one more chance at them later this year.”
Holdingford extended their lead to 20 points in the second half, but HLWW wouldn’t go away easily. An 8-0 run fueled by baskets from Ivy Fasching, Alexa Schumann, and CJ Decker brought the Lakers within 12 with just under eight minutes to go.
The Huskers answer the run by the Lakers with a run of their own, putting the game away thanks to some cold shooting by HLWW down the stretch.
“They definitely started to pack it in,” Petersen said. “We’ve had some games where the shots fall and some games where they haven’t. This was one of those games where they weren’t falling for us.”