Kingbird's 31 points leads Lady Warriors through tough win over fiesty Clearbrook-Gonvick 81-71
Clearbrook-Gonvick overcame 23-6 Red Lake lead to tie the score 39-39 at the half
February 1, 2017
CLEARBROOK - The Red Lake Lady Warriors came out of the gate fast and strong in early minutes of the first half, at one point leading the Clearbrook-Gonvick Bears by 17 points, 23-6. It looked like Red Lake was going to blow them away like they've done all season long to other teams.
That wasn't the case.
The Bears fought hard and came right back at Red Lake, and three key Lady Warriors players racked up 3 fouls in the early minutes, to take the lead 39-37 in the last seconds, with Red Lake answering to tie the game at half time.
The Warriors went up by 5 in the second half, only to have the feisty Bears come right back and keep coming back, with the lead changing hands over and over.
It wasn't until about the 5 minute mark that Red Lake led by 10 points, a lead they would hold on to for the win.
It was an absolute battle all the way to the end.
Coach Randy Holthusen stated in an interview with Tom Lano after the game that the younger girls came through for them when key players were in early foul trouble. He was very proud of them for that.
Freshmen Gericka Kingbird led all scorers with 31 points on the night, four 3-pointers, was 7-13 from the freethrow line and had 8 rebounds, Grace White hit for 15 and 7 rebounds, Alexis Desjarlait had 12 points, Danielle Seki 9, Samantha Roy hit for 6 and Lashaun Roy and Alisha Beaulieu both had 4 points.
Liz Bodensteimer had 29 points for Clearbrook-Gonvick and was 11-15 from the freethrow line.
Red Lake was 14 of 28 from the free throw line, while the Bears were 21 of 33.
The Lady Warriors are now 17-2 on the season, while Clearbrook-Gonvick drops to 11-7.
Red Lake will travel to Laporte on February 3rd, host Lake of the Woods on Thursday, February 9th, travel to Fond du Lac on Saturday, February 11th, and host Blackduck on February 16th in their last game of the regular season.
Red Lake's JV also won their game played earlier, 51-47.
Photographs by Chris Jourdain