On January 20, the varsity boys and girls of the Gull Lake basketball program pulled off two back to back wins against the Loy Norrix Knights. The girls had a comfortable victory with a final score of 69-34, and the boys came out ahead in a tight game with a score of 65-62.
The girls’ game was off to a fast-paced start, with senior Kelsey Adamski scoring the first bucket with 6:00 minutes left in the first quarter. Senior Janet Allen, who led the team in scoring with 15 points, nailed a three point shot to set up a comfortable 22-9 lead at the end of the first quarter. Loy Norrix tried to keep up with the Blue Devils by utilizing their speed and tenacious defense, but at the end of the second quarter GL had pulled ahead 41-22.
“We handled their runs with good fashion and countered with our own,” said Adamski, who led a solid offense and contributed 9 points.
By the third quarter GL was playing like a cohesive unit.
“We all have gotten to the point where we know where we are going,” said Allen. “I don’t have to look to pass to Kelsey or Emily we just mesh well together.”
Junior Jori Fell chipped in 9 points and freshman Alexis Ahlert dominated in the post with 6 points to end the game – an impressive 69-34 win and an 10-2 record over all.
The boys’ game was neck to neck. During the first five minutes, the Blue Devils came out with an intense start, setting the tone for the game and starting in the lead. The Knights quickly recovered from the deficit, and the score was tied 17-17 at the end of the first quarter.
Loy Norrix’s defense was persistent throughout the entire game. Through hard work from both teams during the full 32 minutes of the match-up, intensity built and the score was tied 32-32 at half and then 46-46 at the end of the third quarter.
Junior Dean Kolstad contributed to the Devils’ offense with 23 points and a huge dunk to get the crowd going crazy.
“That was just a lot of fun,” said Kolstad. “We played great as a team.”
Senior Brian Bennett was second in scoring, with 12 points and the last four free-throws to win the game 62-65.
“Team effort tonight,” said Bennett. “Our team went 14 deep. The game was extremely intense, and we got really nervous when we went down at the end, but the crows got into it and we worked through it.”
With their win, the boys are in first place in the conference and have a 9-2 record overall.
By Makala Ferguson and Colin Kreager