FIELD TWP— It was a nail-biting, picture perfect ending to a close game Tuesday night as Sasha Strong went up for two points as time ran out to give the Grizzlies a 81-79 win over Barnum before an …
FIELD TWP— It was a nail-biting, picture perfect ending to a close game Tuesday night as Sasha Strong went up for two points as time ran out to give the Grizzlies a 81-79 win over Barnum before an enthusiastic home crowd.
And it wasn’t the only big play of the week for the Grizzlies, as senior Bria Chiabotti connected on a free throw to tally her 1,000th career point in last Thursday’s contest with Fond du Lac. It was a big turnaround for North Woods as they won three straight this past week to improve to 5-3 on the season.
During Tuesday night’s game, Chiabotti led the way for the Grizzlies, with 27 points. Kate Stone added 14, while Strong and Regan Ratai added 12 points apiece. It was a back-and-forth match with the Bombers, with the score tied right up to the final second.
At Wrenshall on Monday, the Grizzlies would down the Wrens on the road 82-56.
Plenty of North Woods players got in on the scoring action. Brynn Simpson led the way with 11 points, while Stone added 10. Chiabotti, Genesis Day, and Alanna Rutchasky added nine points apiece.
Goggleye said his team started slowly, but finally picked up the pace. “It took us about 12 minutes to get into the game,” Goggleye said. “We made some adjustments at half time and got a lot more points and lot more turnovers from them.”
A career milestone
Last Thursday’s game will go down in the Grizzly history books, with Chiabotti hitting the 1,000th point of her career in the team’s match against Fond du Lac.
“I’m very proud of her,” Goggleye said. “She works very hard on her basketball. She’s always up in the gym with her dad. They’ve put in a lot of work.”
Chiabotti is the first girls basketball player in North Woods history to earn the coveted 1,000th point. The point came amid cheers from fans at the North Woods gymnasium.
Along with her 1,000th point, Chiabotti led the team with 24 total points. Stone would add 15 to the total with Simpson, Rutchasky and Hanna Kinsey each adding another 10.
“We played really tough at Fond du Lac,” Goggleye said. “They were undermanned and they couldn’t keep up with us.”
The Grizzlies are now on an extended holiday break. They’ll return to the court to face Northeast Range on Jan 3. Tipoff for the game is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. at North Woods.