When and Where: Jan.11 at St. Croix Falls
Outcome: St. Croix Falls 77, Bloomer 38
Summary: The Bloomer Blackhawks hung around early in the Heart O’North contest but eventually the Saints gained traction and pulled away for the win.
Highlights: The individual highlight for St. Croix Falls was when Emily McCurdy netted the 1,000th point of her high school career. McCurdy ended the game with 27 points on nine deuces, a trey and converted 6-of-7 charity tosses running her career total to 1,007. Olivia Miron, who scored her 1,000th Saints’ point earlier this season, dropped in 15 points. Freshman Kelsey Cooper added 11 points and Brianna McCurdy hit for 10.
Comments: “It took a lot of hard work, coming in before school, staying after practice, and shooting every day in the offseason,” Emily McCurdy said about her milestone accomplishment. “It also took great teammates to rebound and make the extra pass, which I am super grateful for.”
When and Where: Jan. 16 at Bloomer
Outcome: St. Croix Falls 71, Bloomer 20
Summary: The first time these two teams met earlier in the week, Bloomer was able to hang with the Saints to start the game. Not this time. St. Croix Falls dominated the Blackhawks from the start to sail to another HON win.
Highlights: Defense took the limelight for SCF. The Saints held Bloomer to just 20 points for the game. St. Croix Falls had a trio of players hit for double figures with Miron leading the way with 16, followed by Brianna McCurdy with 15 and Emily McCurdy adding 14. A total of 10 Saints contributed to the scoring column.
Comments: “We played Bloomer twice this week,” Saints Coach Angie Maternowsky said. “On Monday Bloomer hung with us to start the game. Saturday game we came out ready to play. Olivia, Brianna, and Emily led the way for us. Great night of basketball for us to work on different defenses.”
What this Means: It’s still a four horse race in the HON. Barron and Northwestern lead the pack, both with 9-1 conference records. The Saints are one game back at 7-1 followed by Ladysmith with a 7-2 mark.
Upcoming: St. Croix Falls is scheduled for a non-conference game against the Baldwin-Woodville Blackhawks on Jan.21 and will travel to Hayward the next night to challenge the Hurricanes. The Saints will travel to Cameron on Jan. 25 to take on the Comets.