Girls basketball: Trojans outlast Fairmont
WORTHINGTON — Patience is a virtue, and the Worthington Trojans girls basketball team employed it well Tuesday night.
Worthington rallied on its home floor to stave off Fairmont 68-64 in the season opener for both clubs.
“We tried to wear them down. I’ve been doing this long enough to know that sometime you’re going to make a run,” Worthington girls basketball coach Eric Lindner said. “Eventually things went our way.”
Fairmont jumped out to an early lead from a strong defensive presence. The Cardinals took advantage of several takeaways, leading to buckets on the other end. They led 21-10 with 10:05 left in the first half before Worthington’s Ana Boever answered, sinking a three-pointer to cut Fairmont’s lead to eight. The Trojans trailed by just five on a bank shot jumper from Abbie Landgaard with 1:29 left in the first half.
Trailing 36-28 at halftime, Worthington came out of the locker room with an 8-0 run that pulled it back into the game. Paige Gravenhof sank a pair of buckets with a free throw and Boever hit a bucket in the run. Worthington senior Brooke Henning’s bucket with 14:40 to go gave her team its first lead of the game at 38-36.
“We went into a zone with Ana in the front, and she really caused them a lot of problems by being there. I think they maybe wouldn’t have made those mistakes if they weren’t tired, but they were tired,” Lindner said. “It was an endurance game and they made some mistakes toward the end that we were able to capitalize on.”
Boever hit a second half three-pointer that handed the Trojans a 46-43 lead, but Fairmont rallied for a seven-point run to earn a 50-46 advantage off of a Courtney Mosloski bucket.
Needing yet another answer, Boever and Henning each completed a 6-0 swing for Worthington to regain a lead at 52-50 with 7:05 left.
With her team down 58-56 with 3:57 left in the game, Gravenhof sunk a three-pointer. Worthington held on, gaining valuable free throws down the stretch to help win it.
“I liked our intensity and how we fought through it. I didn’t think we got nervous or tried to overplay. We didn’t do a very good job in the first half of getting second shots.”
Boever scored 22 points to lead all scorers while Henning chipped in 20 for the Trojans. Gravenhof scored 15. Fairmont’s Kristen Campe scored 18 and Kayla Lardy scored 11. Linder collected a team-best seven rebounds while Henning grabbed six.
Worthington shot 58 percent from the free throw line on the night, shooting 20 percent from beyond the arc and 38.9 percent on two-pointers.
“When it’s a win, sometimes we don’t always look as critically at our performance as we should. That will be important for us as we evaluate and watch game film,” Lindner said. “Offensively we did some good things tonight, but with our post players defensively, Brooke can score. Becca needs a little more confidence with the ball, but I liked her defensive intensity.”
Worthington turns its attention to Windom Area for Friday night. The Eagles outlasted Murray County Central on Monday night 48-38 to start 1-0.
“I was glad we stuck with it tonight. Windom will be a shorter team than us, so it will be a different look to get ready for,” Lindner said. “There is always room for improvement.”
Fairmont 36 64
Worthington 28 68
WORTHINGTON (3PT-2PT-FT-TP): Boever 2-7-2-22, Henning 0-8-4-20, Gravenhof 2-2-5-15, Landgaard 0-2-3-7, Linder 0-2-0-4. Totals 4-21-14-68.
FAIRMONT (3PT-2PT-FT-TP): Kim 0-2-0-2, Campe 3-3-3-18, Schultz 0-3-1-7, Christensen 0-2-0-4, Mosloski 0-2-4-8, Lardy 0-4-3-11. Totals 3-19-17-64.