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Basketball: Agates top Cook County, fall to Virginia

Two Harbors junior Tori Bott (center) dribbles the ball up the court during a game Tuesday, Dec. 12, against Virginia in Two Harbors. (News-Chronicle photo by Adelle Whitefoot)1 / 2
Two Harbors senior Carina Hebl (25) dribbles the ball past Virgina's Kelsey Knutson (12) during a game Tuesday, Dec. 12, in Two Harbors. (News-Chronicle photo by Adelle Whitefoot)2 / 2

Two Harbors junior Tori Bott nearly outscored the Agates' opponent on her own when she put up 28 points in their 62-29 win over Cook County on Friday, Dec. 8, in Two Harbors.

Two Harbors built a 28-14 lead at halftime and continued to pour it on in the second half to cruise to the victory.

The Agate defense was especially key in the game, allowing 23 points to Sophie Eliason, but allowing only two other Viking players to score.

"This team is really going to hang its hat on defense," Two Harbors coach Chris Lemke said.

Senior Carina Hebl had a pair of three points and finished with eight points, with Brianna Hiukka and Elise Poe-Johnson each scoring six each. Other scorers included Elsa Peterson, Katie Archer and Tricia Osbakken with four points each and Emily Olson with two each.

Two Harbors also fell to Virginia 47-43 on Tuesday, Dec. 12, with the Agates falling behind 25-18 at halftime and the team was unable to make up the gap.

Bott again led with 15 points and Hebl had 13 for Two Harbors. Other scorers included Archer with five points, Olson and Hiukka with four each and Poe-Johnson with two.

The defense again played well, according to Lemke, but the Agates youth and some offensive woes proved to much to overcome.

Lemke said the defense has played well all season, even in the Agates' disastrous season-opening loss against Proctor.

"It's not often you turn the ball over 18 times in the first half and only allow 61 points," he said.

Two Harbors (2-2) will play Duluth Denfeld at 1:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Cloquet High School.

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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