FLOODWOOD— This past week’s COVID outbreak dealt a blow to Ely’s chances against Floodwood in the first round of the Section 7A girls basketball tournament, and it proved terminal …
FLOODWOOD— This past week’s COVID outbreak dealt a blow to Ely’s chances against Floodwood in the first round of the Section 7A girls basketball tournament, and it proved terminal to the Timberwolves’ season.
The Timberwolves had been playing their best basketball of the season heading into the playoffs, but the suddenly resurgent pandemic in Ely sent a slew of players into quarantine at the start of the postseason, leaving the Wolves hamstrung against seventh-seeded Floodwood.
Even so, they put up a fight, and kept it close through most of the first half. But the Polar Bears slowly pulled away and when the final buzzer sounded, they were on top, 47-35.
“We struggled to create good shots, and I have to credit Floodwood with some tough defense,” said Head Coach Max Gantt.
Freshman guard Grace LaTourell, who was a force all season, ended with 18 points and four steals. Sarah Visser added nine rebounds and seven points, while Katrina Seliskar scored six points and collected 12 rebounds.
“I am proud of how hard we competed, but missing some of our girls was a real bummer. A tough way to end the year, that’s for sure,” said Gantt.
The Timberwolves, who ended the season at 8-10, are a young team that will be back with more experience come next year.