FIELD TWP— The baskets just kept coming for the Grizzlies girls basketball team here on Tuesday, as they crushed Chisholm 103-37 in their home opener.
Even with the huge score, coach Robbie Goggleye said his team could have scored more.
“We missed a lot of easy shots,” he said. “We missed a lot of layups. We’ll be looking for better consistency.”
The seasoned Grizzlies were up against a much younger Bluestreak squad, whose most veteran player is a junior. The Grizzlies, meanwhile, were fielding a senior-dominated starting lineup. Goggleye said those seniors were under some pressure to deliver during the final home opener of their high school careers.
And deliver they did.
Regan Ratai and Kate Stone led the team with 20 points apiece, followed closely by Bria Chiabotti with 19. Juniors Sasha Strong and Nicole Olson put up 15 and 14 points respectively to round out the bulk of the scoring.
Sofia Anderson led for the Bluestreaks, with 18 points, including a pair of three-pointers. She was followed by Trista Baazard with 14 points.
With a big win under their belts, Goggleye said he hopes this is the start of a winning season for the team, which has struggled a bit in recent years. Goggleye said the team is aiming for at least a run at the semi-final round in the district playoffs later this season.
Before then, however, the team was to face Northeast Range on the road on Thursday night. Goggleye said he’ll be looking for improvement in order to notch another win in their first week of action.
“We need better guard play,” he said. We’re hoping for a win. What I am looking for is more consistency and more defensive pressure.”
Tipoff is set for 7:15 p.m. in Babbitt.