When and Where: January 3 at Baldwin-Woodville
Outcome: St. Croix Falls 49, Baldwin-Woodville 43 (non-conference)
Summary: St. Croix Falls got back into the swing of things after the holiday break with a big win over Baldwin-Woodville from the Middle Border conference. The Saints built a seven point lead at 25-18 by halftime but could never shake the pesky Blackhawks. BW outscored SCF 25-24 after the break but it wasn’t enough to overcome the lead that the Saints had built.
Highlights: Kullan Parks and Clay VanBuskirk led the St. Croix Falls scoring with 17 and 13 points respectively. The Saints outscored the Blackhawks by four points from the free throw line as they netted 16 of 25 attempts (64%).
Comments: “Hard physical game like we expected but we were able to hit some timely buckets and free throws,” St. Croix Falls coach Chad Hall said. “Defensively we did a solid job holding them to 43 points and we really limited their offensive rebounds. We certainly didn’t shoot like we are capable but we had 12 offensive rebounds which created a lot of second-chance offensive opportunities for us. Baldwin-Woodville did a nice job on the defensive end making us work for every point.”
What this Means: St. Croix Falls is currently one-half game behind the first place Luck Cardinals in the West Lakeland conference. Luck has a 3-0 conference record and is 5-2 overall. The Saints are 3-1 in the conference and 5-1 overall.
Upcoming: St. Croix Falls will travel to Amery on Jan. 9 for a non-conference tilt against the Warriors. The Saints return to conference play on Jan. 14 when they host the Siren Dragons.