Russell scores 52 in Mariners' win
Silver Bay junior Jocelyn Russell broke a school record when she scored 52 points in the Mariners' win 83-50 over Duluth Denfeld Feb. 2 in Silver Bay.
Russell shot nearly 58 percent from the field and was 6-of-10 from the 3-point range in the game. In addition she grabbed eight rebounds in the win over the Hunters.
"We had a game in which everything came together for us, including our offense, defense and full court press," Silver Bay coach Dan Johnson said.
The Mariners' 83 points was the highest offensive output of the season by a large margin.
In addition to Russell, Jenny Walewski scored 11 points and added five assists and three steals to the effort.
Other scorers included: Mita Frericks with eight points; Lily Mead with four; Lily Lewis and Hannah Thums with three; and Corrina Marolt with two.
On Feb. 3, Russell scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds in a fast-paced, up and down game that ended in a 56-38 loss to McGregor.
Silver Bay senior Sylvia Davey played solid defense in the first half, holding McGregor top scorer Shelby Kelley to just four points in the first 18 minutes. The Mariners held a 27-22 lead at the break, but they couldn't keep up the fast pace and scored just 11 second half points.
Other scorers included Walewski with 12 points, Frericks with six and Natalie Nelson with two.
Silver Bay bounced back against Northeast Range Monday, with Russell scoring 26 points on the way to a 53-43 win over the Nighthawks.
"We did not shoot that well, but we got up early and our defense held the gap," Johnson said. "We came out in a full court press and kept the pressure on all game. It created a few turnovers for us but more importantly did not let them get comfortable in their offense."
Russell ended up in foul trouble in the first half and Johnson said several bench players came in to make up the difference with timely buckets and solid defensive play.
With the win over Northeast Range, the Mariners got their fifth win this season, a number not achieved by a Silver Bay team in several years.
Other scorers included: Walewski with nine points; Mead with six; Thums with four; and Lewis, Davey and Julia Littlewolf with two each.
Silver Bay (5-13) will play Carlton at 4:45 p.m. today in Carlton.
Agates edge Moose Lake-Willow River
Two Harbors senior Ayla Lemke scored 24 points in the Agates 58-54 win over Moose Lake-Willow River Feb. 2.
In addition to Lemke, sophomore Tori Bott had a double double with 18 points and 13 rebounds for Two Harbors. Other scorers included Stephanie Williams with nine points and Carina Hebl with seven.
Two Harbors' (14-4) game Tuesday against Virgina was postponed due to weather and the Agates played South Ridge Thursday, too late for the News-Chronicle's deadline.