When and Where: Feb. 3 at Osceola
Outcome: St. Croix Falls 69, Osceola 61 (non-conference)
Summary: St. Croix Falls enjoyed the 10 mile trip to Osceola for a non-conference game against the Osceola Chieftains. The game was close with SCF holding a six point lead at intermission before holding off an Osceola comeback attempt to win 69-61.
Highlights: Both teams were hot from behind the arc with St. Croix Falls netting seven treys and Osceola eight. Each team also had three players in double figures with Kullan Parks leading the Saints’ effort with 18. Declan Greenquist put up 14 SCF points and Alex Mysicka added 11. A total of nine St. Croix Falls players contributed to the scoring
Comments: “We did a lot of nice things against Osceola but had a little trouble closing it out like we would have liked,” St. Croix Falls coach Chad Hall said. “Too may uncontested jump shots and subpar free throw shooting hurt us down the stretch.”
When and Where: February 7 at Siren
Outcome: St. Croix Falls 97, Siren 56
Summary: SCF had their shooting shoes on as they rolled up 97 points against the Siren Dragons. The Saints poured in 56 points in the first half and led by 33 at the break.
Highlights: St. Croix Falls had four players in double figures with Greenquist leading the way with 23. Mysicka added 17, nine of which came from the free throw line; Dayo Oye had 11 and Payten Christenson 10. SCF was 19-for-23 from the free throw line (83%).
Comments: “Another good week for us with two victories,” Hall said. “It was also nice to have only two games in a week as we certainly needed some time off after so many games in the last couple of weeks. We jumped on Siren early and the guys did a great job of running the floor and controlling the pace of the game. It is always exciting to get everyone some minutes as they work extremely hard throughout the season for some good quality minutes in front of their teammates and fans.”
What this Means: St. Croix Falls has moved back into the thick of the West Lakeland conference race by running their record to 6-3 (12-4 overall). The Saints are one game back of both Unity and Luck and a half game behind Grantsburg in a four horse race. Grantsburg has two conference games remaining and St. Croix Falls, Unity and Luck have three each.
Upcoming: St. Croix Falls travels to Frederic to take on the Vikings on February 14. The Saints will travel to Luck for a huge contest against the Cardinals on Feb. 17 to make up for a game that was postponed on Jan. 17 due to a snow storm. SCF will travel to Barron to take on the Bears in non-conference action on Feb. 18.