The Lennox High School girl’s basketball team earned wins over Baltic last Thursday and over Milbank this past Saturday.
The team traveled to Baltic on Thursday, Feb. 3, and grabbed the 40-28 win.
“I was very pleased with how sound we were defensively as a team. We came into the game with a very specific defensive game plan which we executed very well,” said LHS head coach Adam Quail. “Holding teams to under 30 points is always an accomplishment to be excited about.”
Offensively, the Orioles struggled a bit to begin the game. Quail attributed some of the team’s struggle to Baltic’s 1-2-2 zone and some of it to the team not being able to convert when given the opportunity.
Lennox shot nearly 28 percent in the game, which out-performed Baltic’s 19.6 percent shooting average.
For the Orioles, Andie Peters finished the night with 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and one steal. Ryan Hanssen had seven points, two rebounds, and one steal. Alicia Ruud had six points, three rebounds, one assist, and one steal. Carli Kuyper and Dani Highum each had five points. Kuyper grabbed five rebounds, had one assist and one steal. Highum had five rebounds, one assist, and one steal. Drew Kuyper finished with four points, nine rebounds, and one steal. Courtney Sandal had two points, five rebounds, and one assist.
On Saturday, Feb. 5 the Orioles competed in the Dak XII/NEC Clash at Madison and faced off against Milbank.
This was a rematch between the two teams who faced off on Dec. 11. Lennox won that match-up 59-36 and won once again, defeating Milbank 45-29 on Saturday.
“It is always hard to beat a team twice in a season, but I was very proud of how the whole team came out ready to play,” said Quail. “In our matchup with Milbank earlier this season we allowed one of their players to get in a rhythm and put up a season high against us. I was pleased that in our rematch we were able to disrupt her flow and keep her unbalanced all game.”
Lennox’s Peters and Highum both scored 15 points in the game. Highum went seven of ten from the field, pulled down three rebounds, had two assists and two steals. Peters hit three three-pointers in the game and had two assists and one steal.
D. Kuyper finished with six points, three rebounds, and one steal. Hanssen had five points, one rebound, and three steals. Sandal finished with four points, one rebound, six assists, and three steals.
The LHS girls will host Tri-Valley on Thursday, Feb. 10. Seniors will also be recognized that night. On Friday, Feb. 11 the Orioles will travel to Tea to take on the Titans in doubleheader action. The LHS girls are scheduled to tip-off at 6:30 p.m.
“The team is really starting to come together, and I really am proud of the effort they play with each game,” said Quail. “They are a very coachable group of girls who want to keep improving and reach their full potential.”