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Girls basketball: Hilltoppers bury Agates

Two Harbors junior Emily Olson (left) goes up for a shot over Duluth Marshall's Hannah Brashaw during the Agates' 73-52 loss Tuesday, Dec. 11. (Jamey Malcomb/News-Chronicle)1 / 2
Two Harbors sophomore Morgan Beardsley drives toward the basket during the Agates loss to Duluth Marshall on Tuesday, Dec. 11. (Jamey Malcomb/News-Chronicle)2 / 2

For the first 9 minutes of the game, Two Harbors battled Duluth Marshall to a near draw during their game Tuesday, Dec. 11, in Two Harbors.

The Agates led 9-8 and was holding the high-powered Hilltopper offense in check until Duluth Marshall guard Grace Kirk buried a 3-pointer to give her team a lead.

Then the floodgates opened. The Hilltoppers outscored Two Harbors 43-17 through the rest of the half and eventually cruising to a 73-52 win.

Kirk scoring 19 of her 23 points in the first half and Gianna Kneepkens poured in 21 during the stretch to give Duluth Marshall a 52-26 lead at halftime.

The Agates returned from the locker room and kept Duluth Marshall in check in the second half, outscoring the Hilltoppers 26-21 over the final half, but the damage was done.

Like most of the teams Duluth Marshall has faced this season, Two Harbors had trouble breaking the Hilltopper press. Two Harbors turnovers in the backcourt led to easy buckets for Duluth Marshall and prevented the Agates from getting into a rhythm on offense.

Kneepkens led all scorers with 25 points and senior Tori Bott led the Agates with 16 points.

Two Harbors will next play Duluth Denfeld on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Hermantown 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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