Girls basketball round-up: A barn burner in Fridley

Fridley opened its girls basketball season in a tough defeat where they fell to a score of 36-34 against Legacy Christian last week at Fridley High School.

Freshman guard Brook Teff led the way scoring for Fridley by putting up 12 points of her own. Fridley outscored Legacy Christian in the second half but it was still not enough to notch a victory. Fridley’s next task is to slow down a very tough Big Lake team who is averaging 53-points per game but has yet to record a win. That contest is scheduled for Dec. 4 at 7:15 p.m. at Fridley High School. Saint Paul Harding then travels north this Friday to meet up with Fridley for a showdown at Fridley High School slated to begin at 7:15 p.m.

Columbia Heights

Columbia Heights (1-1) has begun their basketball season on an even note according to their record. According to the scoreboard however, it has been an emotional filled two games. The Hylanders opened their season against Minneapolis Edison where they were able to rally from a 5-point halftime deficit to outscore Edison 22-16 in the second half and claim a one point victory, 40-39. The second game of their season had emotions on the other end of spectrum when they took on Minneapolis South. Columbia Heights got down early and could never recover being outscored by 8-points in the second half and eventually falling to South by a final score of 51-38. Sophomore guard Roshanna Thomas is leading the Hylanders this year averaging 12-points per game followed by sophomore forward Rebecca Liebelt who is averaging 9 points per contest. Currently Columbia Heights sits tied for fourth in the North Suburban Conference. The Hylanders are at home this week for a matchup against Visitation on Monday night and Blake on Friday. Games start at 7:15 p.m. and are at Columbia Heights High School.

Polar opposites?

Totino-Grace opened the season displaying a team that looked as dominate as ever. TG, playing with heavy hearts after learning that former TG basketball star Sasha McHale had lost her battle with Lupus the team dedicated the game to her and owned it in dominating fashion. TG opening their season against Saint Paul Johnson threw up 37-first half points to carve their path to victory defeating Johnson 64-59.

Unfortunately, TG could not maintain their emotional high as the Eagles were grounded when they ran up against Providence Academy who won 48-31. TG could not put together any offense as they scored a dismal 10 points in the first half to dig themselves an early hole—one they were never able to escape.

Senior forward Ashley Carter leads TG by scoring an average of 8.5-points per game. Senior forward Madison Soukup and sophomore center Sydney Borys are in a close second for average points per game, both averaging 8-points a contest. TG next plays Hill-Murray on Dec. 4 at TG High School in what will be an emotional game. TG will also dedicate this game as well to the memory of Sasha McHale and perform a special fundraiser at halftime to raise money for the Lupus Foundation of America.

A tough go

Irondale has opened their basketball season in tough fashion, losing their first two games against Maple Grove and Cretin-Derham Hall. In Irondale’s first two games, they have been outscored 142-53 struggling to find any defensive rhythm and offensive potency. Senior guard Stephanie Meyer and sophomore guard Delaney Kohler lead the team in offense each averaging 6.5-points per game. Irondale looks to turn things around when they take on Coon Rapids Dec. 4 at Irondale High School.

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