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Grizzlies slip to Cherry

Marshall Helmberger
Posted 12/14/17

CHERRY— The Grizzlies girls suffered their first loss of the season Monday night in Cherry, falling 63-41 to the Tigers. Cherry dominated much of the game defensively, but struggled with shooting, …

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CHERRY— The Grizzlies girls suffered their first loss of the season Monday night in Cherry, falling 63-41 to the Tigers. Cherry dominated much of the game defensively, but struggled with shooting, which helped keep the Grizzlies in the hunt until the final minutes. The Tigers took a 29-22 lead into the break, and expanded on it in the second half. The Grizzlies did rally early in the second half, closing the gap to four points after Cherry sent in their B-squad for a time. But the Tigers pulled away in the later going to clinch the win.

Junior guard Bria Chiabotti led scoring for the Grizzlies with 14 points, followed by sophomore center Sasha Strong, with nine points. Allana Rutchasky scored four points, and Brynn Simpson scored three. Nicole Olson, Hanna Sandberg, and Kennedy Wardas scored two points apiece.

In action last Thursday, at North Woods, four Grizzlies reached double figures as they edged South Ridge in a hard-fought contest, 72-65.

It was a nail-biter from start to finish, as the Grizzlies clung to 36-35 lead at halftime and were never able to pull away until the final minute or two.

Junior guard Bria Chiabotti led the way for the Grizzlies, with 19 points, including two three-pointers, while Hanna Sandberg hit two treys of her own en route to 18 points for the game. Kate Stone added 14 points and Regan Ratai 13, including a three-pointer. Kayla Palm added four points and Allana Rutchasky and Kennedy Wardas added two points apiece.

The Grizzlies were set to host Fond du Lac on Thursday night. They’ll host Wrenshall next Monday, with a 7:15 p.m. start.

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