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Lemke sets single game scoring record

Two Harbors senior Ayla Lemke takes a shot during a game against Duluth Denfeld Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 at Denfeld High School in Duluth. (News-Chronicle photo by Adelle Whitefoot)1 / 3
Two Harbors junior Cassie Prince (right) passes the ball to her teammate senior Stephanie Williams (23) during a game against Duluth Denfeld Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 at Denfeld High School in Duluth. (News-Chronicle photo by Adelle Whitefoot)2 / 3
Two Harbors sophomore Tori Bott (center) battles her way through multiple Duluth Denfeld players during a game Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 at Denfeld High School in Duluth. (News-Chronicle photo by Adelle Whitefoot)3 / 3

Two Harbors senior Ayla Lemke broke a 22-year-old school record with 46 points in the Agates' 79-51 win over South Ridge Feb. 10 in Two Harbors. Lemke also had the first triple double of her career with 17 rebounds and 10 steals against the Panthers.

The previous record was held by Stacy Ruberg Johnson, who scored 44 points against Wrenshall in 1995. Similar to this year, injuries plagued the Agates and Two Harbors activities director Scott Ross, then in his first year as girls' basketball coach, said the team had to lean heavily on the Agates' all-time scoring leader. He said they removed Johnson from the game early in the fourth quarter but had no idea she had 44 points or that she was even close to a school record.

"If there's such a thing as a quiet 44, that was it," Ross said.

Two Harbors jumped out to a 43-31 lead at halftime and continued to build the lead throughout the second half.

Other scorers for Two Harbors included Stephanie Williams with 10 points; Tori Bott with eight; Brianna Hiukka with six; Carina Hebl and Alyssa Ruberg with three points each; Hazel Babcock with two and Cassie Prince with one.

On Saturday, the Agates lost to Pine City 75-54. Lemke led the Agates with 14 points and 11 rebounds and Bott scored 12.

Other scorers included Hebl with nine points; Ruberg with seven; Williams with five; Cassie Prince with thee; and Brianna Hiukka and Pauline Seydoux with two each.

Tuesday against Duluth Denfeld, the Agates blew out an overmatched Hunter team 57-14 for the second time this season.

Lemke again led Two Harbors with 21 points and Bott scored 10 points. Other scorers included Ruberg with nine points; Hebl with seven; Williams and Paige Gries with three each; and Kate Tomasen and Hiukka with two points each.

Two Harbors current injury problems are starting to get a little better with Hebl working her way back into the lineup after a foot injury sidelined her for most of the first half of the season. Senior Brianna McGrath, however, recently elected to have knee surgery, effectively ending her career with the Agates.

Two Harbors (16-5) played Esko Thursday, too late for the News-Chronicle's deadline, and will play Virginia at 7:15 p.m. Saturday in Two Harbors.

Mariners fall to Carlton, Cook County

Silver Bay lost twice over the past week, first 59-18 Feb. 10 in Carlton and 60-24 to Cook County Tuesday in Silver Bay.

Against Carlton, the Bulldogs jumped out to a 37-6 lead at halftime. Jocelyn Russell and Jenny Walewski each scored nine points for Silver Bay.

On Tuesday against Cook County, The Mariners struggled to score again in the first half, falling behind by 40-9 headed into the break.

Russell led Silver Bay with 14 points, Walewski had seven; Lily Mead had two and Mita Frericks had one point.

Silver Bay (5-16) will play Wrenshall at 4:45 p.m. today in Silver Bay.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb started as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle in August 2015. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and previously worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. He is the beat writer for the Lake County Board of Commissioners, Silver Bay City Council and high school sports in Lake County. 

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