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Girls basketball: Poor shooting dooms Mariners in opener

Silver Bay guard Mita Frericks brings the ball up the court during the Mariners' 60-22 loss to Duluth Marshall on Tuesday, Nov. 28, in Silver Bay. (Photo by Lisa Malcomb)1 / 2
Silver Bay senior point guard Jenny Walewski was the leading scorer with nine points in the Mariners season opening loss to Duluth Marshall. (Photo by Lisa Malcomb)2 / 2

Silver Bay senior point guard Jenny Walewski scored nine points, but she was the only Mariner to shoot better than 50 percent from the field as Silver Bay fell 60-22 to Duluth Marshall Tuesday in Silver Bay.

Walewski was 4-for-6 from the field, but as a team Silver Bay was hounded by the Hilltopper defense throughout the game, shooting just 18 percent from the field and 5-for-30 on shots in the paint.

"We knew going into the game that they would be very aggressive on defense, and we did not adjust well to the pressure," coach Dan Johnson said.

Jocelyn Russell, the Mariners leading scorer last season, scored eight points, but was just 1-for-10 shooting from the field.

The relentless pressure from Duluth Marshall also cause ball handling problems for Silver Bay, causing 30 turnovers in the game and allowing the Hilltoppers to build a 39-15 halftime lead.

Gianna Kneepkens led all scorers with 19 points for Duluth Marshall.

Maggie Landherr and Grace Kirk joined Kneepkens in double figures with 13 and 11 points, respectively.

In addition to Walewski and Russell, Mita Frericks had three points and Julia Littlewolf had two.

Silver Bay (0-1) was scheduled to play Cook County on Thursday, Nov. 30. Results weren't available by press time.

The Mariners play Fond du Lac Ojibwe at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, in Cloquet.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. 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 worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. 

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