With a lineup slowly being whittled away by injuries, the Two Harbors girls basketball team still managed to pull out a couple of home wins this past week.
After a 56-46 loss to Mesabi East last Thursday, the Agates came back to top McGregor 52-40 and then improve their record to 10-11 with a Monday 50-33 win over Tower-Soudan.
"The injuries have been frustrating, but no matter what, I'm really happy with the season," said Two Harbors coach Brooke Chaffee. "The girls have played through a lot and just keep working hard. That's great to see."
The latest to feel the injury bug were Sara McDannold (knee) and Beth Innis (back). McDannold injured her knee in the Mesabi East loss, scored 7 in Monday's win over Tower-Soudan, and then had an MRI on Tuesday and is awaiting the results. Innis has had some recurring back problems and had to leave practice on Tuesday and head to the hospital.
Kelsey Raycraft has played sparingly due to a foot injury, and Abby Ray is out for the season with a torn ACL in the knee.
Sierra Tietge is one of the few starters left and led the way for the Agates in the win over McGregor, scoring 18 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Tietge has had double-doubles in her past two games, scoring 10 points and adding 12 rebounds against Tower.
"To have her pick up the slack is great," said Chaffee.
Emily Cavallin added 12 points in the McGregor game .
Sis Alvarez has stepped in to fill the point guard spot in place of McDannold and Chaffee thought she did great, elevating her game to a new level.
"I told Sis what we needed and that she's the person to get the offense going," said Chaffee. "She really stepped up."
Alvarez had 5 assists against McGregor and then had a big night against Tower-Soudan, scoring 7 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 steals.
"She's a real solid player for us. I'm impressed by her play," said Chaffee of Alvarez.
Innis had a big night on Monday against Tower, scoring 18. Chaffee said that Innis, Tietge and Alvarez have really started to work well together. Alvarez has been able to find the holes in the zone defenses, and the three have been using little dish passes to get the ball to the open player.
Now the team will be awaiting the results of the Innis visit to the hospital.
"We'll be looking at the younger kids to step up and fill the holes," said Chaffee. "I'd better knock on wood for Sierra. Freshmen Katelyn Adams and Nina Bukowski have been getting playing time and doing a good job for us.
Adams had 6 points in the win over McGregor and 2 against Tower. Bukowski had 4 points in each of the wins over McGregor and Tower.